Average Salary for Western Governors University (WGU) Alumni

Western Governors University is a university based in Salt Lake City. The data for this snapshot was collected from Western Governors University graduates who took PayScale's 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
13 salaries
Network Engineer
11 salaries
Information Technology (IT) Manager
10 salaries
Systems Administrator
9 salaries
Network Administrator
9 salaries
Information Technology (IT) Director
8 salaries
Senior Systems Administrator
8 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 614
United States (change)

About This School

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

Western Governors University


Private School

24 %

17 %

9 %

48 %

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Former Western Governors University students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including IT services, clinical care, and public K-12 education. The health care industry is the sector most highly represented among alumni. Less than five percent of Western Governors University grads move into the manufacturing industry — it is the road least traveled for this demographic. Western Governors University graduates see an estimated starting salary of approximately $60K.


Former Western Governors University students with an interest in making money consider becoming Information Technology Directors, the highest-paying gig (earnings amount to $103K) among this alumni group. Other well-paid jobs include Information Technology Project Managers ($70K) and Network Engineers (about $67K). Relative to other positions, compensation dwindles for Human Resources Managers; alumni in this role face average salaries of $51K.


Less than ten percent of Western Governors University students choose to remain in Salt Lake City after graduation, where average salaries are actually the lowest at around $63K. On the flipside, Western Governors University grads seeking above-average pay can find soaring salaries in Indianapolis where median pay is $79K. Houston and Atlanta are also desirable cities.

Degree Major

A Master of Business Administration (MBA), Information Technology (IT) earns Western Governors University students the most money after college (around $94K per year). Annual salaries for those with a Bachelor's Degree, Accounting are the lowest of the pack, earning $37K.


Proficiency in Microsoft Office is common among Western Governors University alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, around a tenth of former students report doing so. Western Governors University grads who have experience with Operations Management can expect to make 32 percent more than other alumni (about $80K on average). Also considered top-notch skills are Project Management, Network Management / Administration, and Microsoft Excel.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to benefits, there is room for improvement — only two-fifths of alumni are paid for vacation and just one in four survey participants for sick time. It is no small feat that a solid majority of grads are given health coverage, and a fair portion of grads accept dental insurance. A strong majority of alumni save for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Western Governors University alumni are also on the receiving end of life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, tuition reimbursement, and a casual working environment.

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 %
$35,310 - $75,601
$40,067 - $87,932
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 249 votes.

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