Former WMU students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including the automotive manufacturing industry, the health care industry, and the advertising agency industry. The most popular career sector among alumni is the manufacturing industry. Former WMU graduates bring in $60K on average.
Among WMU alumni, those working as Plant Managers of Manufacturing report the highest median pay of $120K.
Many WMU grads end up living in Grand Rapids, Mich., deeming it the most popular city for former students of this school. WMU grads also flock to Atlanta, Ga., which is home to salaries significantly above average (median pay is $120K). Western Michigan University grads are so loyal to Kalamazoo that a sizable number choose to stay after graduating, despite median salary there ranking lowest among popular cities (approximately $38K). Other common destinations for WMU grads include close-by Portage, Mich. and Detroit, Mich.
Among the highest-paid WMU alumni are those with a Bachelor's Degree, Business & Marketing — they earn close to about $128K on average per year. 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 around $44K per year.
Competency in Budget Management translates into above-average pay for former Broncos — they earn nearly double their fellow graduates. One in ten WMU grads wind up using Project Management at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. Demonstrated ability in Budget Management, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel rank among leading skills as well.
Benefits and Perks
A lucky minority (about two-fifths of alumni) are fortunate enough to be compensated for vacation while just one-fourth of alumni get sick time. A strong majority of graduates save for retirement through a 401(k) plan. It is no small feat that a strong majority of alums are given health coverage, and the larger part of alums accept dental insurance. Graduates of Western Michigan University are also recipients of a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.
Among alumni of similar schools, West Virginia University grads (who make an average of $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.