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Average Salary for Western Michigan University (WMU) Alumni

Around 19,000 people attend Western Michigan University, a public research institution based in Kalamazoo, Mich. This overview is based on graduates' answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

Overall College ROI Rank
469
out of 1312
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ROI Rank for Public (In-State) Universities
178
out of 420
Mid-Career Salary Rank for State School
125
out of 445
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Typical Early Career Salary
$43,400
Western Michigan University (WMU) Alumni
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Account Manager
10 salaries
$60,810  
   
Project Engineer
10 salaries
$62,464  
Buyer
9 salaries
$50,210  
Software Engineer
9 salaries
$82,240  
Graphic Designer
9 salaries
$41,118  
Senior Software Engineer
8 salaries
$80,000  
Manufacturing Engineer
8 salaries
$59,244  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 22 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,060
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Western Michigan University (WMU) Details

Address:

1903 West Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5200

Admissions Website:

Students Enrolled:

19,478

Categories:

State Schools, Research Universities, For Sports Fans

Graduation Rate:

56 %

% STEM:

11 %

% Stay In State:

61 %

% Receiving Pell Grants:

39 %
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Industry

The manufacturing industry, the software development industry, and the health care industry are just a few of the areas in which WMU grads find work. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the automotive manufacturing industry. Starting salaries of approximately $57K are common among WMU grads.

Gender

After graduation, women go on to earn an average of around $50K per year compared to men, who earn $65K.

Jobs

The most lucrative professionals among WMU alumni are Software Engineers; they earn a median annual salary of $82K. Also approaching the top of the pay scale at $65K and $62K are Mechanical Engineers and Project Engineers. Graphic Designers get the short end of the stick when it comes to salary, where grads report making an average of about $41K in this job.

Locations

It is typical for many WMU grads (about one in eight former students) to remain settled in Kalamazoo, which may come as a shock given the city's depressed salaries (median pay is $47K). By comparison, the top-paying city popular with WMU alumni is Detroit, which offers median salaries of $66K. Other popular cities include Chicago and Battle Creek.

Employers

Typical salaries reach approximately $70K at Stryker Corp., where former WMU students can easily make the most money. One of the lowest-paying employers is The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., where employees earn about $54K on average.

Degree Major

WMU grads who hold a Master of Science (MS), Computer Science (CS) can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning $92K per year. Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a Bachelor of Science in Psychology — their annual income amounts to around $38K on average.

Skills

Knowing Budget Management can pay off big time for former Broncos, who can expect a 48 percent bigger paycheck than other grads. Proficiency in Project Management is common among WMU alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, around one in seven former students report doing so. Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Customer Service are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni earn paid vacation and just one-fourth of alumni get paid sick time. Benefits are rather generous for graduates of this school; a solid majority of former students are rewarded with health insurance and a fair portion of grads report dental coverage, too. A strong majority of grads save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Alumni of Western Michigan University also take in life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Compensation averages $58K for Ohio 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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ACT Scores 19 25

Key Stats

Gender

Female

43 %

female alumni

Male

57 %

male alumni
Salary
$32,667 - $67,105
Salary
$35,880 - $88,183

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
16%

Job Satisfaction


Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 373 votes.

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