Average Salary for Western Michigan University (WMU) Alumni

Western Michigan University is a university based in Kalamazoo, Mich. that is home to around 19,000 undergraduates. Enthusiasm for sports runs deep here (Go Broncos!), and the urban location affords rich cultural experiences for the students. This report is based on the answers of WMU graduates who responded to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Western Michigan University (WMU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location.
Account Manager
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Manufacturing Engineer
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Mechanical Engineer
6 salaries
Retail Store Manager
5 salaries
Software Engineer
5 salaries
Process Engineer
5 salaries
General / Operations Manager
5 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 570
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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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Professionally, the manufacturing industry, the health care industry, and public K-12 education are popular business areas among WMU alumni. The majority of WMU alumni wind up in the automotive manufacturing industry. The average salary for a grad from WMU is $58K.


It's worth noting that female graduates earn a median salary of $50K whereas the men's median is $67K.


The WMU alumni who make the most are Senior Financial Analysts; they report a median pay of about $70K. Mechanical Engineers and Process Engineers draw in a fair amount as well — $69K and approximately $67K, respectively. Collecting the smallest paychecks are Financial Analysts — they bring in around $52K.


Upon earning their degrees, many WMU grads prefer to remain in Kalamazoo; in fact, nearly one in seven grads appreciate the area so much that they find permanent jobs there. It is no surprise that Detroit, Mich., which hands out the biggest paychecks (the average salary is $72K), is another of the most popular spots for former WMU students. On the far end of the pay scale, WMU alumni often reside in Ann Arbor, Mich., which is home to the lowest pay at $42K. Other popular cities for WMU alumni include nearby Grand Rapids, Mich. and Chicago, Ill.

Degree Major

WMU students with a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Finance can expect to make the most money (approximately $100K on average per year) compared to their fellow graduates. Graduates holding a master's in social work fare the worst in terms of compensation with an average yearly salary of $40K.


WMU grads are usually competent in Project Management, and roughly one in seven alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Former Broncos with Budget Management experience garner salaries that are 64 percent more than other grads' salaries. In addition, those who are savvy in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis are also considered highly skilled.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni earn paid vacation and just one in four survey participants get paid sick time. Most alumni opt for a 401(k) to save for retirement. Dental insurance applies to a strong majority of alums, and a large number of alumni report health coverage. Additional benefits handed to Western Michigan University alumni include life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Ohio University graduates, who earn around $58K on average, make a similar amount to WMU grads. The University of Toledo, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Northern Illinois University are also similar to WMU.

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Key Stats for Western Michigan University (WMU)


44 %
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$33,308 - $68,040
$37,352 - $91,862
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 139 votes.
$31,188 - $67,253
$33,646 - $75,922
$39,221 - $77,687
$34,254 - $96,650
$29,996 - $101,534

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