Southern Methodist University (SMU) Alumni Average Salary

Ranked in the top 21 percent of universities by return on investment, Southern Methodist University is an United Methodist university based in Dallas, Texas, and it's home to around 6,000 undergraduates. Sports occupy center stage in student life (Go Mustangs!), but academics are extremely important, too. The data for this synopsis comes from former SMU students who took the PayScale salary survey.

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College ROI Report

393rd

20 Year Net ROI 

$317,000

Annual ROI 

4.2%

Total 4 Year Cost 

$251,000

Compare to Other Schools

College Salary Report

111th

Early Career Salary 

$56,900

Mid-Career Salary 

$114,800

% High Meaning 

49 %

Compare to Other 4-Year Schools

Southern Methodist University (SMU) Median Salary by Job

MinMax

Marketing Director
16 profiles
$90,843
$62K$134K

Financial Analyst
14 profiles
$59,678
$52K$86K

Mechanical Engineer
12 profiles
$76,215
$51K$132K

United States (change)

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
9 profiles
$148,102
$142K$163K

Senior Financial Analyst
8 profiles
$80,187
$65K$91K

Chief Marketing Officer (CMO)
8 profiles
$120,594
$116K$177K

Software Developer
7 profiles
$70,000
$60K$95K

  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 887
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Find out more about Southern Methodist University (SMU) pay

About This School

6425 Boaz St
Dallas, TX 75275-0221

www.smu.edu/admission

6,866

Private School, Research University, Religious, For Sports Fans

79 %

19 %

64 %

10 %

Industry

The aerospace and defense industry registers as the most common industry among alumni. Those with a degree from SMU make an average of $71K.

Gender

It's worth noting that female graduates earn a median salary of approximately $60K whereas the men's median is $82K.

Jobs

SMU grads who become Senior Financial Analysts and Marketing Directors are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, making a median salary of $76K. Collecting the smallest paychecks are Directors of Operations — they bring in $60K.

Locations

Dallas, Texas keeps the largest number of SMU grads among cities despite the fact that it offers the lowest median compensation (about $63K). On the other hand, SMU alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in San Francisco, Calif., which offers a median salary of around $167K.

Degree Major

SMU grads who hold a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning an average $194K per year. A B.A. in Bachelor of Arts (BA) offers the lowest median annual financial reward (about $52K).

Skills

Project Management is a popular skill among SMU alumni, with approximately one-eighth of workers reporting using it on the job. For former Mustangs, proficiency in Financial Analysis warrants a paycheck that is 144 percent more than other alumni salaries. Other top skills include Marketing Management, C++ Programming Language, and Microsoft Office.

Benefits and Perks

Health insurance benefits extend to the vast majority of former students, and a strong majority of grads sign up for dental plans. Almost all alumni participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. Southern Methodist University grads also enjoy benefits like a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, flexible hours, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Compensation averages $70K for Lehigh University alumni, making their earnings most comparable to SMU grads. Saint Louis University-Main Campus, the University of Denver, and Claremont Graduate University are also similar to SMU.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1820 2100
ACT Scores 28 32

Key Stats for Southern Methodist University (SMU)

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %
Salary
$41,275 - $77,239
Salary
$55,127 - $113,012
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
12%
$41,561 - $81,448
$101,250
$78,000

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