Western Michigan University (WMU) Alumni Average Salary

Around 19,000 people attend Western Michigan University, a institution based in Kalamazoo, Mich. Much of campus life revolves around sports (Go Broncos!), and the urban location lets student freely explore the diverse, interesting city at their fingertips. The data for this synopsis comes from former WMU students 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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415th

Early Career Salary 

$45,200

Mid-Career Salary 

$79,200

% High Meaning 

53 %

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Western Michigan University (WMU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

Job
National Salary Data 
$0$25K$50K$75K
Mechanical Engineer
26 salaries
$65,974  
   
Manufacturing Engineer
19 salaries
$62,451  
Software Engineer
16 salaries
$62,510  
Buyer
15 salaries
$55,835  
Account Manager
14 salaries
$55,000  
Project Engineer
13 salaries
$60,228  
Project Manager, Engineering
12 salaries
$73,729  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 May 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,664
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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 go into the manufacturing industry, the automotive systems and components manufacturing industry, and the software development industry, not to mention a variety of other lines of work. The most popular professional field seems to be the automotive manufacturing industry. Median pay for those who graduated from WMU amounts to $59K.

Gender

There is a sizable difference between men's post-college salaries and women's: the median for the former is $69K, but the median for the latter is only approximately $51K.

Jobs

The biggest paychecks among WMU alumni are earned by Operations Project Managers — these former students make a median salary of $70K per year. The next biggest paychecks go to Mechanical Engineers ($68K) and Manufacturing Engineers (around $64K). Retail Store Managers pick up about $42K in financial rewards, representing the lowest-paid position among alumni.

Locations

More often than not, WMU grads continue living in Kalamazoo, Mich. (around a seventh of former students to be exact) even though the average salary here takes last place on the pay scale (approximately $47K). WMU grads with a different agenda may consider the above-average salaries in Atlanta, Ga. — pay averages to around $85K. The Midwest is also home to many WMU alumni, many of whom are concentrated in Chicago and Detroit.

Degree Major

A Doctorate (PhD) will compensate WMU grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in $110K on average per year. Graduates holding a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Human Resources Management (HRM) fare the worst in terms of compensation with an average yearly salary of $39K.

Skills

Many former WMU students are familiar with Project Management, and around one in eight grads move on to positions where this experience is utilized. Former Broncos with Budget Management abilities can expect to make 71 percent more than their former classmates ($101K). In addition, those who are savvy in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Budget Management are also considered highly skilled.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni earn paid vacation and just one in four survey participants get paid sick time. A large number of alums set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). Health insurance benefits extend to a large number of survey participants, and a fair number of alumni sign up for dental plans. Other benefits awarded to Western Michigan University alumni include life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, West Virginia University grads (who make an average of about $59K) earn salaries most similar to WMU alumni. The University of Toledo, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Northern Illinois University are also similar to WMU.

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Key Stats for Western Michigan University (WMU)

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %
Salary
$33,100 - $70,771
Salary
$39,431 - $93,236
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 34 votes.
$32,779 - $71,378
$34,228 - $78,608
$33,843 - $70,000
$48,837 - $117,000
$58,458 - $121,833

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