Average Salary for Western Michigan University (WMU) Alumni

Around 19,000 people attend Western Michigan University, a public research institution based in Kalamazoo, Mich. Figures cited in this summary are based on graduates' replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Typical Early Career Salary

Western Michigan University (WMU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Mechanical Engineer
8 salaries
Manufacturing Engineer
8 salaries
Account Manager
8 salaries
Financial Analyst
7 salaries
Human Resources (HR) Manager
6 salaries
6 salaries
Project Engineer
6 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 14 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 747

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About This School

1903 West Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5200



State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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Graduates of WMU work in a variety of sectors including the manufacturing industry, the health care industry, and the software development industry. The majority of WMU alumni wind up in the automotive manufacturing industry. Following graduation, WMU students earn an average of around $57K.


There is a sizable difference between men's post-college salaries and women's: the median for the former is $65K, but the median for the latter is only $50K.


WMU grads who become Software Engineers garner financial rewards beyond any other job type for this group — these alumni rake in approximately $82K annually. However, Senior Software Engineers and Mechanical Engineers also rank as top-earners (bringing in $80K and about $65K, respectively). Relative to other positions, compensation dwindles for Graphic Designers; alumni in this role face average salaries of $40K.


Close to an eighth of WMU grads stay in Kalamazoo, even though it offers the lowest median pay (around $48K). WMU alumni in search of the largest paycheck, on the other hand, will find it in Detroit where $67K is the average pay. In addition, grads flock to Chicago as well as Portage.


For above-average pay, former WMU students find their way to Stryker Corp. — the company offers unbeatable salaries at $70K. Bringing in the least amount of money are The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. employees; they earn an average of about $54K.

Degree Major

Among the highest-paid WMU alumni are those with a Master of Science (MS), Computer Science (CS) — they earn close to $92K per year. On the other end of the spectrum, those with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making approximately $38K per year.


Budget Management commands a pay premium of 47 percent for former Broncos. WMU grads are usually competent in Project Management, and around one in eight alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Demonstrated ability in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Customer Service rank among leading skills 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. Dental insurance applies to most survey participants, and the greater part of alums report health coverage. To plan for old age, the greater part of respondents maintain savings accounts through a company's 401(k) plan. Western Michigan University grads also enjoy benefits like life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Temple University graduates, who earn $57K on average, make a similar amount to WMU grads. Other schools similar to WMU include the University of Toledo, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Northern Illinois University.

Test Scores

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ACT Scores 19 25

Key Stats for Western Michigan University (WMU)


43 %
57 %
$32,876 - $67,006
$35,955 - $88,210
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 322 votes.
$47,000 - $85,000
$55,028 - $82,231
$63,624 - $81,389
$34,839 - $76,578
$31,755 - $67,665
$35,394 - $76,386
$34,862 - $90,737
$35,745 - $77,574

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