It's hard to find a better value for your tuition dollar than at Marquette University, a Roman Catholic university based in Milwaukee, Wisc.. The school is ranked in the top 29 percent of universities by return on investment. Athletics are a huge part of life here (Go Golden Eagles!), and the school's urban location only adds to the fun, with a wealth of neighborhoods and cultural events to explore. The numbers in this rundown were provided by the Marquette grads who participated in PayScale's salary survey.

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20 Year Net ROI 


Annual ROI 

5.7 %

Total 4 Year Cost 


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Early Career Salary 


Mid-Career Salary 


% High Meaning 

54 %

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  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Jul 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,055
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About This School

1250 W Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53233


Private School, Research University, Religious, For Sports Fans

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Graduates of Marquette head into a range of vocations when it comes to work; the manufacturing industry, the health care services industry, and the education industry are just a few professional areas popular among alumni. The most popular professional field seems to be the health care industry. Starting salaries of $70K are the median among Marquette grads.


Marketing Directors win the contest for best-paid Marquette alumni, making about $105K on average every year, though Physical Therapists ($71K), and Software Engineers (approximately $69K) are not far behind. Marketing Coordinators get the short end of the stick when it comes to salary; grads report making an average of $37K in this job.


Marquette alumni like Milwaukee so much that they tend to stick around after graduation, with roughly a third of grads staying on to find permanent employment. New York, N.Y. is also a common destination for Marquette grads and offers the best pay with a median salary of around $76K. On the other end, Marquette grads flock to Washington, DC, which actually offers the weakest median salary of $60K. Top cities for Marquette alumni also include Chicago and Minneapolis, both located in the Midwest.

Degree Major

With a median annual earnings of approximately $118K per year, former Golden Eagles who have a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Marketing are the best paid among the alumni population. Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a Bachelor of Business (BB) — their annual income amounts to $43K on average.


Former Golden Eagles with Strategic Marketing experience garner salaries that are 18 percent more than other grads' salaries. Many former Marquette students are familiar with Project Management, and nearly one in seven grads move on to positions where this experience is utilized. Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis command top-of-the-line rewards as well.

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. For this school, most graduates are the recipients of health benefits, and a strong majority of former students pick up dental plans, too. A large number of alumni set up a 401(k) to save for retirement. Other benefits awarded to Marquette University alumni include a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Cardinal Stritch University grads report the most similar salaries to Marquette alums, earning $69K on average. American University, Edgewood College, and Trinity International University-Illinois are also similar to Marquette.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1580 1940
ACT Scores 24 30

Key Stats for Marquette University


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$40,726 - $87,640
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5
based on 759 votes.
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