Northern Michigan University is a university based in Marquette, Mich. that is home to around 9,000 undergraduates. The data for this snapshot was collected from NMU graduates who took PayScale's salary survey.

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4.7 %

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52 %

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  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 24 Aug 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 631
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About This School

1401 Presque Isle Avenue
Marquette, MI 49855


State School

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Graduates of NMU work in a variety of sectors including the education industry, the health care services industry, and the manufacturing industry. The most popular professional field seems to be the health care industry. Those with an education from NMU earn an average of approximately $49K.


A gender wage gap becomes apparent after college, with female graduates earning only $50K on average compared to about $61K for male graduates.


The biggest paychecks among NMU alumni are earned by Project Managers — these former students make a median salary of $70K per year. The next biggest paychecks go to Marketing Managers ($67K) and Operations Managers ($57K). Salaries are anything but generous for Account Managers, whose earnings rank lowest on the pay scale at around $38K.


Infamous for its meager salaries (average pay is the lowest at about $46K), roughly a seventh of NMU students still call Marquette, Mich. their home after graduation. For those seeking more money, Chicago, Ill. is a popular destination for former NMU students; median pay is $58K. Green Bay, Wisc. and Detroit, Mich. are popular choices as well.

Degree Major

Among the highest-paid NMU alumni are those with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) — they earn close to around $105K on average per year. On the other end of the spectrum, those with a Master's Degree (non-MBA) tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making an average approximately $25K per year.


Knowledge of Project Management seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 41 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($69K). NMU grads are usually competent in Project Management, and one-tenth of alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Other top skills include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Customer Service.

Benefits and Perks

Just one in three grads enjoy paid vacation and merely one in five survey participants get paid sick time. In an effort to save up for the years ahead, a fair number of graduates contribute to a 401(k). For this school, a fair number of former students are the recipients of health benefits, and more than half of survey participants pick up dental plans, too. Northern Michigan University alumni are also on the receiving end of a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

Indiana University grads bring in salaries of around $50K, making them the most similar to NMU alumni in terms of earnings. The University of Minnesota-Duluth, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire are also similar to NMU.

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Test Scores

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ACT Scores 19 24

Key Stats for Northern Michigan University


53 %
47 %
$34,903 - $75,486
$38,831 - $86,827

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 378 votes.
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1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
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