Nestled away in Muncie, Ind., Ball State University, a school, has a student population of roughly 19,000. Enthusiasm for athletics forms a core part of campus culture (Go Cardinals!), and students supplement the sports fun by taking full advantage of their school's urban environment. This overview is based on graduates' answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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  • Updated: 14 Sep 2019
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About This School

2000 University Ave
Muncie, IN 47306



Research University, State School, For Sports Fans

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Former Ball State students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including the health care industry, the architectural services industry, and clinical care. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the education industry. Starting salaries of $51K are the median among Ball State grads.


The biggest paychecks among Ball State alumni are earned by Operations Managers — these former students make a median salary of $59K per year. The next biggest paychecks go to Human Resources Managers ($58K) and Marketing Managers (about $53K). Graphic Designers face rather mediocre compensation — average salaries are actually the lowest at approximately $40K.


Indianapolis, Ind. is a hub for Ball State graduates — a large number call this city home. In addition, former Ball State students often head to Chicago, Ill. after graduating, where the median salary comes to around $59K in this top-paying city. For comparison, the lowest-paying city popular with Ball State alumni is Carmel, Ind., which offers a median salary of $47K. Ball State alumni express interest in nearby Muncie, Ind. and Fort Wayne, Ind. as well.

Degree Major

Among the highest-paid Ball State alumni are those with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) — they earn close to about $93K on average per year. Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a bachelor's degree in social work — their annual income amounts to $42K on average.


Ball State alumni are often well versed in Project Management, with around one in eight grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. For former Cardinals, proficiency in Operations Management warrants a paycheck that is 23 percent more than other alumni salaries. Competency in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Customer Service also warrants excellent remuneration.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to benefits, there is room for improvement — only one in three grads are paid for vacation and just one-fifth of alumni for sick time. A fair number of survey participants participate in a 401(k) program. Benefits are rather generous for graduates of this school; a fair number of respondents are rewarded with health insurance and more than half of alums report dental coverage, too. Additional perks enjoyed by Ball State University grads include a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, Indiana University grads (who make an average of approximately $54K) earn salaries most similar to Ball State alumni. Wright State University-Main Campus, Miami University-Oxford, and Bowling Green State University-Main Campus are also similar to Ball State.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1500 1770
ACT Scores 20 24

Key Stats for Ball State University (BSU)


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