Ranked in the top 23 percent of universities by return on investment, the University of Missouri is a university based in Columbia, Mo., and it's home to around 30,000 undergraduates. Students here support their sports teams in droves (Go Tigers!), and the urban campus allows them to explore the city's many neighborhoods and cultural events. The figures in this rundown were provided by Mizzou alumni who took the PayScale salary questionnaire.

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About This School

105 Jesse Hall
Columbia, MO 65211-1050

University of Missouri - Main Campus, University of Missouri (MU, Mizzou), University Of Missouri



Research University, State School, For Sports Fans

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Graduates of Mizzou go into the financial services industry, the health care industry, and the marketing, advertising, and media management industry, not to mention a variety of other lines of work. The education industry is the sector most highly represented among alumni. Those with a degree from Mizzou make an average of about $59K.


Male graduates of Mizzou out-earn their female counterparts significantly, earning an average of approximately $67K versus $54K for women.


Mizzou grads who become Electrical Engineers are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, making an average $81K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Software Engineers and Veterinarians; their salaries approach $71K and $70K, respectively. Account Executives get the short end of the stick when it comes to salary; grads report making an average of around $46K in this job.


St. Louis, Mo. is filled with Mizzou grads. Another city that attracts a wealth of Mizzou grads is New York, N.Y.; given its high compensation ($68K is the average salary), the city's popularity should come as no surprise. Living in Columbia after college is common among University of Missouri grads, whose love for the area is more important than the below-average median pay (around $52K). Nearby Kansas City, Mo. and Chicago, Ill. also rank high on the list of cities for Mizzou grads.

Degree Major

A Master of Engineering (MEng / ME) will compensate Mizzou grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in about $100K on average per year. Those with a B.A. in Journalism face salaries on the lower end, coming in at an average $47K per year.


Engineering Design commands a pay premium of 22 percent for former Tigers. Approximately one in six grads report using Project Management as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Other prime know-hows include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis.

Benefits and Perks

Just one-third of alumni enjoy paid vacation and merely one-fifth of alumni get paid sick time. A large number of respondents participate in a 401(k) program. A large number of alums receive health insurance, and a strong majority of former students get dental coverage. University of Missouri grads also enjoy benefits like a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

University of Nebraska grads bring in salaries of around approximately $59K, making them the most similar to Mizzou alumni in terms of earnings. Other schools similar to Mizzou include the University of Kansas, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Indiana University-Bloomington.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
1060 1300
ACT Scores 24 29

Key Stats for University of Missouri - Columbia


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