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Average Salary for Western Michigan University (WMU) Alumni

Around 19,000 people attend Western Michigan University, a public research institution based in Kalamazoo, Mich. This overview is based on graduates' answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

Overall College ROI Rank

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ROI Rank for Public (In-State) Universities

out of 420

Mid-Career Salary Rank for State School

out of 445

Typical Early Career Salary

Western Michigan University (WMU) Alumni

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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 13 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,025
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Western Michigan University (WMU) Details

1903 West Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5200


State Schools, Research Universities, For Sports Fans

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The manufacturing industry, the software development industry, and the health care industry are just a few of the areas in which WMU grads find work. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the automotive manufacturing industry. Starting salaries of approximately $57K are common among WMU grads.


After graduation, women go on to earn an average of around $50K per year compared to men, who earn $65K.


The most lucrative professionals among WMU alumni are Software Engineers; they earn a median annual salary of $82K. Also approaching the top of the pay scale at $65K and $62K are Mechanical Engineers and Project Engineers. Graphic Designers get the short end of the stick when it comes to salary, where grads report making an average of about $41K in this job.


It is typical for many WMU grads (about one in eight former students) to remain settled in Kalamazoo, which may come as a shock given the city's depressed salaries (median pay is $47K). By comparison, the top-paying city popular with WMU alumni is Detroit, which offers median salaries of $66K. Other popular cities include Chicago and Battle Creek.


Typical salaries reach approximately $70K at Stryker Corp., where former WMU students can easily make the most money. One of the lowest-paying employers is The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., where employees earn about $54K on average.

Degree Major

WMU grads who hold a Master of Science (MS), Computer Science (CS) can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning $92K per year. Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a Bachelor of Science in Psychology — their annual income amounts to around $38K on average.


Knowing Budget Management can pay off big time for former Broncos, who can expect a 48 percent bigger paycheck than other grads. Proficiency in Project Management is common among WMU alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, around one in seven former students report doing so. Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Customer Service are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni earn paid vacation and just one-fourth of alumni get paid sick time. Benefits are rather generous for graduates of this school; a solid majority of former students are rewarded with health insurance and a fair portion of grads report dental coverage, too. A strong majority of grads save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Alumni of Western Michigan University also take in life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Compensation averages $58K for Ohio University alumni, making their earnings most comparable to WMU grads. Other schools similar to WMU include the University of Toledo, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Northern Illinois University.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
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ACT Scores 19 25

Key Stats

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$32,667 - $67,105
$35,880 - $88,183
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
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$55,028 - $82,231
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$37,500 - $75,028

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