Western Governors University (WGU) Alumni Average Salary

Western Governors University, a school in Salt Lake City, Utah, has roughly 35,000 undergrads. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

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Western Governors University (WGU) Alumni

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National Salary Data 
Information Technology (IT) Manager
47 salaries
Systems Administrator
35 salaries
Information Technology (IT) Director
32 salaries
Network Engineer
31 salaries
Network Administrator
28 salaries
Human Resources (HR) Manager
28 salaries
Operations Manager
22 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Aug 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,942
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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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IT services, public K-12 education, and the manufacturing industry are just a few of the areas in which Western Governors University grads find work. The most popular professional field seems to be the health care industry. Former Western Governors University students do not typically enter the financial services industry; in fact, less than five percent of graduates find work in this area, making it the least likely field for this group to enter. Former Western Governors University graduates bring in around $60K on average.


Male graduates on average earn more than female graduates; the first group banks $68K per year, but the second group takes home only $56K.


The biggest paychecks among Western Governors University alumni are earned by Senior Systems Engineers — these former students make a median salary of about $98K per year. The next biggest paychecks go to Network Administrators ($71K) and Network Engineers ($69K). Collecting the smallest paychecks are Human Resources Generalists — they bring in approximately $48K.


More often than not, Western Governors University grads continue living in Salt Lake City, Utah (less than ten percent of former students to be exact) even though the average salary here takes last place on the pay scale (around $61K). For those seeking more money, Seattle, Wash. is a popular destination for former Western Governors University students; median pay is $85K. Houston, Texas and Dallas, Texas are also desirable cities.

Degree Major

A Master of Business Administration (MBA), Health Care Administration earns Western Governors University students the most money after college (an average approximately $98K per year). A B.A. in Business Management commands less pay, and these degree-holders face median pay of $39K.


Cisco Networking is a common skill among Western Governors University alumni — less than ten percent of grads mention using it at work. Western Governors University grads who have experience with IT Security & Infrastructure can expect to make 48 percent more than other alumni ($89K on average). Demonstrated ability in Project Management, Microsoft Office, and Network Management / Administration rank among leading skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to benefits, there is room for improvement — only one-third of alumni are paid for vacation and just one-fifth of alumni for sick time. A large number of grads enjoy benefits like health insurance, while a strong majority of alums receive dental plans, too. A large number of alumni allocate some part of their earnings to a company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. Western Governors University graduates also take advantage of 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.

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Key Stats for Western Governors University (WGU)


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$35,813 - $73,637
$39,432 - $90,570
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1-4 years
5-9 years
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 40 votes.

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