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. Athletics are a huge part of life here (Go Broncos!), and the school's urban location only adds to the fun, with a wealth of neighborhoods and cultural events to explore. The data in this summary come from WMU alumni who took the PayScale salary survey.

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Western Michigan University (WMU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data 
Account Manager
8 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
6 salaries
General / Operations Manager
5 salaries
Software Engineer
5 salaries
Process Engineer
5 salaries
Manufacturing Engineer
5 salaries
Retail Store Manager
5 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 26 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 528
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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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Former WMU students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including the manufacturing industry, public K-12 education, and the health care industry. The majority of WMU alumni wind up in the automotive manufacturing industry. The average salary for a grad from WMU is $58K.


Male graduates on average earn more than female graduates; the first group banks $68K per year, but the second group takes home only approximately $50K.


The most generous salaries among WMU alumni are reportedly earned by Mechanical Engineers, whose median earnings come to about $69K, followed by Process Engineers ($67K) and Account Managers ($62K). Retail Store Managers wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning around $45K.


WMU students enjoy their time in Kalamazoo, and roughly a seventh of students actually choose to live and work there after graduating. Another city that attracts a wealth of WMU grads is Detroit, Mich.; given its high compensation ($78K is the average salary), the city's popularity should come as no surprise. 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 common destinations for WMU grads include close-by Grand Rapids, Mich. and Chicago, Ill.

Degree Major

A Master of Business Administration (MBA), Finance will compensate WMU grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in about $100K on average per year. Those holding a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Sales & Business Marketing are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in $45K on average per year.


Competency in Budget Management translates into above-average pay for former Broncos — they earn 55 percent more than their fellow graduates. Project Management is a popular skill among WMU alumni, with close to a seventh of grads reporting using it on the job. Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis are among other dominant skills.

Benefits and Perks

Only about two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and one-fourth of alumni receive sick leave. Dental insurance applies to a strong majority of grads, and a large number of graduates report health coverage. A large number of alums take advantage of a 401(k) plan. Other benefits that Western Michigan University alumni receive are life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Ohio University grads report the most similar salaries to WMU alums, earning approximately $58K on average. 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)


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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5
based on 132 votes.
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