Average Salary for Western Governors University (WGU) Alumni

Around 35,000 people attend Western Governors University, a institution based in Salt Lake City, Utah. This summary is derived from information given by Western Governors University grads who completed the PayScale salary survey.

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Typical Early Career Salary

Western Governors University (WGU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
Human Resources (HR) Manager
11 salaries
Information Technology (IT) Manager
10 salaries
Network Engineer
9 salaries
Systems Administrator
8 salaries
Network Administrator
8 salaries
Senior Systems Administrator
7 salaries
Information Technology (IT) Director
6 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 29 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 541
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About This School

4001 East 700 South, Suite 701
Salt Lake City, UT 84107

Western Governors University


Private School

24 %

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Professionally, IT services, clinical care, and public K-12 education are popular business areas among Western Governors University alumni. The most popular professional field seems to be the health care industry. Those with a degree from Western Governors University make an average of around $60K.


Among Western Governors University graduates, the biggest earners are Senior Systems Administrators and IT Systems Engineers, who haul in $79K on average. Network Engineers do well for themselves as well, making $68K. Relative to other positions, compensation dwindles for Human Resources Managers; alumni in this role face average salaries of $51K.


Despite handing out the worst average salary ($65K), Salt Lake City, Utah holds on to its Western Governors University student population, and less than ten percent of grads continue to reside in the city. Western Governors University grads with a different agenda may consider the above-average salaries in Indianapolis, Ind. — pay averages to about $80K. Houston, Texas and Atlanta, Ga. are also desirable cities.

Degree Major

With a median annual earnings of approximately $89K per year, Western Governors University grads who have a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Health Care Management are the best paid among the alumni population. Those holding a B.A. in Special Education are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in about $32K on average per year.


Microsoft Office is a common skill among Western Governors University alumni — roughly a tenth of grads mention using it at work. Operations Management commands a pay premium of 32 percent for Western Governors University grads. Project Management, Network Management / Administration, and Microsoft Excel are among other dominant skills.

Benefits and Perks

A lucky minority (about two-fifths of alumni) are fortunate enough to be compensated for vacation while just one-fourth of alumni get sick time. Most graduates report contributing to a 401(k). Most survey participants enjoy benefits like health insurance, while most grads receive dental plans, too. Additional benefits handed to Western Governors University alumni include life insurance, tuition reimbursement, a casual working environment, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Schools similar to Western Governors University include Doane College-Lincoln Grand Island and Master, Brandman University, Part of the Chapman University System, and Baker College Center for Graduate Studies.

Key Stats for Western Governors University (WGU)


43 %
57 %
$35,640 - $77,435
$39,513 - $86,551
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 168 votes.

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