Western Michigan University (WMU) Alumni Average Salary

Around 19,000 people attend Western Michigan University, a institution based in Kalamazoo, Mich. 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. Alumni participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

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College ROI Report

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
$66,870  
   
Manufacturing Engineer
25 salaries
$63,693  
Account Manager
20 salaries
$55,000  
Project Engineer
19 salaries
$60,797  
Software Engineer
16 salaries
$65,000  
Human Resources (HR) Manager
15 salaries
$61,445  
Buyer
14 salaries
$58,983  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 17 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,758

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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

55 %

12 %

62 %

36 %


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Industry

Graduates of WMU are found working in a number of different fields including the automotive manufacturing industry, the advertising agency industry, and the health care industry. The majority of WMU alumni wind up in the manufacturing industry. The average starting salary for a graduate of WMU is around $60K.

Jobs

The biggest paychecks among WMU alumni are earned by Plant Managers of Manufacturing — these former students make an average $120K per year.

Locations

When it comes to compensation, Kalamazoo, Mich. brings up the rear (median pay is $40K); however, nearly one in eight WMU alumni still choose not to leave this city. Alternatively, Atlanta, Ga. is home to some of the highest salaries — median pay is $120K — which is an (obvious) draw for many WMU grads. Nearby Detroit, Mich. is also a top pick for WMU grads, as is Portage, Mich.

Degree Major

A Bachelor's Degree, Business & Marketing will compensate WMU grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in $128K on average per year. A Bachelor of Science in Bachelor of Science (BS / BSc) is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with a median annual pay of about $44K.

Skills

Former Broncos who have experience with Budget Management can expect to make nearly double other alumni (approximately $117K on average). Nearly one-tenth of WMU grads wind up using Project Management at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. Microsoft Office, Budget Management, and Microsoft Excel are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Slightly more than two-fifths of former students are allowed to take paid time off for vacation, but only about one-third of alumni get paid sick leave. Most alums save for retirement through a 401(k) plan. It is no small feat that a large number of alums are given health coverage, and a fair number of alumni accept dental insurance. Western Michigan University grads are also lucky enough to receive a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Median pay for West Virginia University grads is about $59K, 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
47 %
Male
53 %
Salary
$31,712 - $81,990
Salary
$35,895 - $98,620

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.
033
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
16%
$25,168 - $80,509
$35,000 - $46,730
$61,463 - $96,959

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