Western Michigan University (WMU) Alumni Average Salary

Around 19,000 people attend Western Michigan University, a institution based in Kalamazoo, Mich. The school has a strong sports tradition (Go Broncos!) and its urban campus offers many benefits for its students. This overview is based on graduates' answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Account Manager
6 salaries
Manufacturing Engineer
5 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
5 salaries
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
4 salaries
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Senior Financial Analyst
4 salaries
Project Engineer
4 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 9 Oct 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 462
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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, public K-12 education, and the automotive systems and components manufacturing industry. Among WMU grads, the automotive manufacturing industry is a commonly chosen career field. Former WMU graduates bring in about $59K on average.


In the WMU alumni community, men make a median salary of around $68K compared to their female counterparts, who earn $50K.


The most generous salaries among WMU alumni are reportedly earned by Mechanical Engineers, whose median earnings come to $69K, followed by Manufacturing Engineers ($64K) and Account Managers (approximately $62K). On the lower end, Retail Store Managers report making $45K.


WMU students enjoy their time in Kalamazoo, and around a seventh of students actually choose to live and work there after graduating. The top-paying city popular with WMU alumni is Detroit, Mich., which offers a median salary of approximately $84K. WMU alumni in Ann Arbor, Mich. can often be found sliding in at the lower end of the pay scale, where median paychecks are the smallest at $42K. Other cities of interest among WMU alumni include nearby Grand Rapids, Mich. and Chicago, Ill.

Degree Major

Financial compensation is highest for WMU grads with a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Finance (average earnings climb to $100K per year). A Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Sales & Business Marketing commands less pay, and these degree-holders face median pay of about $45K.


Knowledge of Budget Management seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 54 percent more than their former classmates' salaries (around $91K). Close to one-seventh of WMU grads wind up using Project Management at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Though vacation and sick days are paid for some, these benefits are reported by the minority of graduates (two-fifths of alumni and one-fourth of alumni, respectively). A large number of respondents set up a 401(k) to save for retirement. Health benefits extend to most alumni, and a strong majority of graduates also receive dental coverage. Western Michigan University grads also enjoy benefits like life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Compensation averages $59K for West Virginia 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.

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Key Stats for Western Michigan University (WMU)


44 %
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$33,038 - $68,541
$38,271 - $93,051
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 123 votes.
$32,146 - $67,253
$33,892 - $77,605
$40,927 - $79,700
$32,681 - $112,506
$25,532 - $103,414

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