Western Michigan University (WMU) Alumni Average Salary

Nestled away in Kalamazoo, Mich., Western Michigan University, a school, has a student population of roughly 19,000. Enthusiasm for sports runs deep here (Go Broncos!), and the urban location affords rich cultural experiences for the students. Alumni responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.

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Western Michigan University (WMU) School Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data 
Executive Director, Non-Profit Organization
2 salaries
Plant Manager, Manufacturing
2 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 17 Jun 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 69

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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 automotive manufacturing industry, the health care industry, and public K-12 education. The most popular field is the manufacturing industry. Former WMU graduates bring in approximately $60K on average.


The most lucrative professionals among WMU alumni are Plant Managers of Manufacturing; they earn a median annual salary of $120K.


Home to a large number of WMU alums, Grand Rapids, Mich. is by far the most attractive city for these former students. In addition, former WMU students often head to Atlanta, Ga. after graduating, where the median salary comes to about $120K in this top-paying city. Among popular cities, the lowest average pay is found in Kalamazoo at $38K. Regardless of salary, a large portion of Western Michigan University grads opt to live in the area following graduation. Nearby Portage, Mich. and Detroit, Mich. also rank high on the list of cities for WMU grads.

Degree Major

Former Broncos who fare the best in terms of salary hold a Bachelor's Degree, Business & Marketing and earn a median salary of $128K per year. A Bachelor of Science in Bachelor of Science (BS / BSc) offers the lowest median annual financial reward (around $44K).


Many former WMU students are familiar with Project Management, and about one in ten grads move on to positions where this experience is utilized. Former Broncos who have experience with Budget Management can expect to make nearly double other alumni ($117K on average). Competency in Microsoft Office, Budget Management, and Microsoft Word also warrants excellent remuneration.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni for this school enjoy paid vacation days and about one in four survey participants get paid sick time. To plan for old age, a fair number of former students maintain savings accounts through a company's 401(k) plan. Health insurance benefits extend to a fair number of alumni, and a majority of the survey participants sign up for dental plans. Additional perks enjoyed by Western Michigan University grads include a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Median pay for West Virginia University grads is $59K, making their salaries most similar to those of WMU grads. The University of Toledo, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Northern Illinois University are also similar to WMU.

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ACT Scores 19 25

Key Stats for Western Michigan University (WMU)


47 %
53 %
$31,319 - $83,934
$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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