Southern Illinois University (SIU) - Carbondale Campus Alumni Average Salary

Around 13,000 people attend Southern Illinois University Carbondale, a institution based in Carbondale, Ill. The school attracts plenty of sports fans (Go Salukis!) to its rural campus, though graduates go on to find employment in nearby cities like Chicago, Ill., St. Louis, Mo., and New York, N.Y. Alumni responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.

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Southern Illinois University (SIU) - Carbondale Campus Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Mechanical Engineer$66,553  
Operations Manager$62,486  
Project Manager, (Unspecified Type / General)$80,561  
Information Technology (IT) Consultant$65,445  
Account Manager$45,324  
Civil Engineer$78,010  
Vice President (VP), Operations$102,651  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 23 Sep 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,474

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About This School

Lincoln Drive
Carbondale, IL 62901-4512

Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Southern Illinois University (SIU) - Carbondale, Southern Illinois University (SIU)


Research University, State School, For Sports Fans

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Professionally, the health care services industry, IT services, and the education industry are popular business areas among SIU alumni. The most highly represented industry among alumni is the health care industry. The average starting salary for a graduate of SIU is around $57K.


Male graduates of SIU out-earn their female counterparts significantly, earning an average of about $66K versus approximately $41K for women.


Many SIU grads flock to Chicago, Ill. It is also not uncommon to find former SIU students living and working in New York, N.Y. — this top-paying city is a popular destination with a median salary of $82K. Champaign, Ill. is a popular spot for former SIU students at the opposite end of the pay scale; in fact, average salaries there are the lowest at $34K. St. Louis, Mo. and Carbondale, Ill. are also desirable cities.

Degree Major

A graduate with a Master of Science (MS) from SIU can rake in a whopping average $68K per year, more than any other degree from this school. The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management ($39K on average annually).


For former Salukis, proficiency in Operations Management warrants a paycheck that is nearly double other alumni salaries. Proficiency in Microsoft Office is common among SIU alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, roughly a seventh of former students report doing so. Customer Service, Operations Management, and Accounting are among other dominant skills.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to benefits, there is room for improvement — only two-fifths of alumni are paid for vacation and just one-fourth of alumni for sick time. Health coverage is awarded to most former students, and dental insurance is issued to a strong majority of survey participants as well. In an effort to save up for the years ahead, most alumni contribute to a 401(k). Southern Illinois University Carbondale grads also enjoy benefits like life insurance, a casual working environment, flexible hours, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Kansas State University grads bring in salaries of around around $57K, making them the most similar to SIU alumni in terms of earnings. Other schools similar to SIU include the University of Memphis, Ohio University-Main Campus, and the University of Mississippi.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
930 1210
ACT Scores 19 25

Key Stats for Southern Illinois University (SIU) - Carbondale Campus


33 %
67 %
$22,685 - $79,500
$30,913 - $99,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 5 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
$35,605 - $74,000
$36,777 - $67,300

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