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Average Salary for Western Governors University (WGU) Alumni

Around 35,000 people attend Western Governors University, a institution based in Salt Lake City, Utah. The numbers in this rundown were provided by the Western Governors University grads who participated in 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
12 salaries
Information Technology (IT) Manager
10 salaries
Network Engineer
10 salaries
Network Administrator
8 salaries
Systems Administrator
8 salaries
Information Technology (IT) Director
8 salaries
Senior Systems Administrator
7 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 26 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 573

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About This School

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

Western Governors University


Private School

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Western Governors University alumni can most commonly be found in IT services, clinical care, and public K-12 education, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. The majority of Western Governors University alumni wind up in the health care industry. Western Governors University graduates see an average starting salary of $60K.


Among Western Governors University graduates, the biggest earners are Information Technology Directors, who haul in approximately $106K on average. Next on the list are Senior Systems Administrators and Network Engineers, bringing in $80K and around $69K, respectively. Collecting the smallest paychecks are Human Resources Managers — they bring in $50K.


Less than ten percent of Western Governors University students choose to remain in Salt Lake City, Utah after graduation, where the average salary is actually the lowest at about $63K. Western Governors University alumni in search of the largest paycheck, on the other hand, will find it in Phoenix, Ariz. where $85K is the average pay. Other common destinations include Indianapolis, Ind. and Houston, Texas.

Degree Major

Among the highest-paid Western Governors University alumni are those with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems (CIS) — they earn close to around $92K on average per year. A B.A. in Special Education commands less pay, and these degree-holders face median pay of $32K.


Many Western Governors University grads have knowledge of Microsoft Office, with about one in ten alumni using this program on the clock. Western Governors University grads with Operations Management abilities can expect to make 31 percent more than their former classmates (about $78K). Experience with Project Management, Microsoft Excel, and Network Management / Administration is highly valued as well.

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-fourth of alumni for sick time. For this school, most respondents are the recipients of health benefits, and a strong majority of alums pick up dental plans, too. Most graduates participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. Other benefits awarded to Western Governors University alumni include life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, and tuition reimbursement.

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 %
$35,480 - $77,719
$39,591 - $86,880
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 188 votes.
$38,000 - $80,769
$47,399 - $90,816
$39,149 - $90,913
$34,765 - $84,739
$39,830 - $94,819

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