Western Michigan University (WMU) Alumni Average Salary

Western Michigan University is a university based in Kalamazoo, Mich. that is home to around 19,000 undergraduates. Enthusiasm for athletics forms a core part of campus culture (Go Broncos!), and students supplement the sports fun by taking full advantage of their school's urban environment. Replies from former WMU students to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.

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Western Michigan University (WMU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data 
Manufacturing Engineer
28 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
25 salaries
Account Manager
22 salaries
Software Engineer
20 salaries
Project Engineer
17 salaries
16 salaries
Human Resources (HR) Director
15 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 24 Apr 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,828

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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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WMU alumni find work in an assortment of industries including the automotive manufacturing industry, public K-12 education, and the health care industry. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the manufacturing industry. WMU graduates see an average starting salary of approximately $60K.


WMU grads who become Plant Managers of Manufacturing are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, making a median salary of about $120K yearly.


Home to a large number of WMU alums, Grand Rapids, Mich. is by far the most attractive city for these former students. WMU alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in Atlanta, Ga., which offers a median salary of around $120K. Many former Broncos can't resist staying in Kalamazoo after graduating despite the median salary there ranking lowest among popular cities ($38K). Other cities of interest among WMU alumni include nearby Portage, Mich. and Detroit, Mich.

Degree Major

With a median annual earnings of $128K per year, former Broncos who have a Bachelor's Degree, Business & Marketing are the best paid among the alumni population. On the other end of the spectrum, those with a Bachelor of Science in Bachelor of Science (BS / BSc) tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making an average $44K per year.


WMU alumni are often well versed in Project Management, with nearly one in ten grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. Former Broncos who have experience with Budget Management can expect to make nearly double other alumni ($117K on average). In addition, those who are savvy in Budget Management, Microsoft Office, and Customer Service are also considered highly skilled.

Benefits and Perks

Although slightly more than two-fifths of respondents are compensated for vacation days, only one-fourth of alumni are paid for sick time. Health coverage is awarded to most alumni, and dental insurance is issued to a fair number of former students as well. Most survey participants participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. Alumni of Western Michigan University also take in a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, West Virginia University grads (who make an average of about $59K) earn salaries most similar to WMU alumni. Other schools similar to WMU include the University of Toledo, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Northern Illinois University.

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Key Stats for Western Michigan University (WMU)


48 %
52 %
$31,540 - $82,823
$35,745 - $99,132

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 9 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
$25,168 - $80,509
$61,463 - $96,959

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