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. Students thrive off the school's sports-centered energy and urban environment, which offers countless areas to explore and numerous ways to keep busy. The data in this summary come from WMU alumni who took the PayScale salary survey.

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379th

20 Year Net ROI 

$344,000

Annual ROI 

8.4%

Total 4 Year Cost 

$90,000

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348th

Early Career Salary 

$62,800

Mid-Career Salary 

$98,500

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Western Michigan University (WMU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

Job
National Salary Data 
$0$23K$46K$69K
Mechanical Engineer
26 salaries
$67,768  
   
Manufacturing Engineer
25 salaries
$63,304  
Account Manager
20 salaries
$57,252  
Project Engineer
19 salaries
$60,797  
Software Engineer
17 salaries
$63,871  
Buyer
15 salaries
$57,965  
Human Resources (HR) Manager
13 salaries
$60,000  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 6 Dec 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,785
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About This School

1903 West Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5200

www.wmich.edu/admissions/

19,198

State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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12 %

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Industry

Graduates of WMU work in a variety of sectors including the automotive manufacturing industry, the health care industry, and public K-12 education. The majority of WMU alumni wind up in the manufacturing industry. The average starting salary for a graduate of WMU is $61K.

Jobs

The WMU alumni who make the most are Chief Financial Officers; they report a median pay of approximately $123K. Plant Managers of Manufacturing draw in a fair amount as well — $120K. Non-Profit Executive Directors pick up about $88K in financial rewards, representing the lowest-paid position among alumni.

Locations

Many WMU alumni remain in Kalamazoo after graduation; nearly one-seventh of grads find permanent positions in the workforce here. The top-paying city popular with WMU alumni is Atlanta, Ga., which offers a median salary of $120K. WMU alumni in Portage, Mich. can often be found sliding in at the lower end of the pay scale, where median paychecks are the smallest at $38K. Nearby Grand Rapids, Mich. is also a top pick for WMU grads, as is Detroit, Mich.

Degree Major

Financial compensation is highest for WMU grads with a Bachelor's Degree, Business & Marketing (average earnings climb to around $128K per year). Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a Bachelor of Science in Bachelor of Science (BS / BSc) — their annual income amounts to $44K on average.

Skills

Former Broncos with Budget Management abilities can expect to make nearly double their former classmates ($117K). Project Management is a popular skill among WMU alumni, with roughly a tenth of workers reporting using it on the job. Demonstrated ability in Microsoft Office, Budget Management, and Strategic Planning rank among leading skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Just under half of the alums do get paid time off for vacation, but only about one-third of alumni get paid sick time. A large number of graduates enjoy benefits like health insurance, while a strong majority of survey participants receive dental plans, too. A large number of respondents participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. Western Michigan University graduates also take advantage of a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Median pay for Southern Illinois University Carbondale grads is around $61K, making their salaries most similar to those of 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)

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %
Salary
$31,999 - $81,695
Salary
$34,765 - $100,214
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 votes.

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