Average Salary for Western Michigan University (WMU) Alumni

Western Michigan University, a school in Kalamazoo, Mich., has roughly 19,000 undergrads. Sports have an undeniably strong influence on campus life (Go Broncos!), and students exploit the school's urban location by exploring the rich resources of their city. Figures cited in this summary are based on graduates' replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Western Michigan University (WMU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data (?
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Account Manager
8 salaries
Financial Analyst
7 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
7 salaries
Manufacturing Engineer
6 salaries
General / Operations Manager
6 salaries
Process Engineer
6 salaries
Director of Operations
5 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 26 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 641

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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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12 %

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WMU alumni can most commonly be found in the manufacturing industry, the health care industry, and the education industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. The most popular career sector among alumni is the automotive manufacturing industry. Former WMU graduates bring in $57K on average.


There's a noticeable difference between the genders; where the average man hauls in around $66K after graduating from WMU, the average woman earns only $49K.


The biggest paychecks among WMU alumni are earned by Software Engineers — these former students make a median salary of $70K per year. The next biggest paychecks go to Process Engineers (about $66K) and Mechanical Engineers ($65K). Collecting the smallest paychecks are Operations Managers — they bring in approximately $44K.


When it comes to compensation, Kalamazoo, Mich. brings up the rear (median pay is about $48K); however, about one in seven WMU alumni still choose not to leave this city. WMU grads with a different agenda may consider the above-average salaries in Detroit, Mich. — pay averages to around $70K. In addition, grads flock to Chicago, Ill. as well as Battle Creek, Mich.

Degree Major

A Master of Science (MS), Computer Science (CS) earns WMU students the most money after college (an average $98K per year). Average annual salaries for those with a master's in social work are the lowest of the pack, earning $38K.


Close to a seventh of grads report using Project Management as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Former Broncos who have experience with Budget Management can expect to make 52 percent more than other alumni (approximately $87K on average). Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis command top-of-the-line rewards as well.

Benefits and Perks

Though vacation and sick days are paid for some, these benefits are reported by the minority of graduates (two-fifths of alumni and one-fourth of alumni, respectively). Most respondents plan for retirement by taking advantage of a company-sponsored 401(k) program. Health coverage is awarded to a large number of alumni, and dental insurance is issued to a strong majority of survey participants as well. Western Michigan University graduates also take advantage of 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 $58K on average. Other schools similar to WMU include the University of Toledo, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Northern Illinois University.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
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* SAT math score is not included.
* SAT writing score is not included.
ACT Scores 19 25

Key Stats for Western Michigan University (WMU)


43 %
57 %
$31,976 - $67,359
$36,035 - $89,473
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 176 votes.

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