Former WSU students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including clinical care, the manufacturing industry, and the automotive systems and components manufacturing industry. The most highly represented industry among alumni is the automotive manufacturing industry. Less than five percent of WSU grads move into the accounting, auditing and tax services industry — it is the road least traveled for this demographic. Median pay for those who graduated from WSU amounts to $65K.
After graduation, women go on to earn an average of $53K per year compared to men, who earn $77K.
In the WSU alumni professional community, Mechanical Engineers make the highest median pay (about $82K), though Financial Controllers (approximately $75K) are a close competitor. Sliding in near the bottom are Senior Systems Analysts, who report earnings of $73K.
Infamous for its meager salaries (average pay is the lowest at around $53K), slightly less than a third of WSU students still call Detroit, Mich. their home after graduation. However, WSU grads looking to fill their bank accounts consider moving to Warren, Mich. — one of the most popular top-paying cities — with its median salary of $125K. Other cities of interest among WSU alumni include nearby Dearborn, Mich. and Farmington Hills, Mich.
A medical degree will compensate WSU grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in approximately $150K on average per year. Average annual salaries for those with a Master's Degree are the lowest of the pack, earning about $49K.
WSU grads are usually competent in Microsoft Office, and about a sixth of alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Former Warriors with Budget Management abilities can expect to make 132 percent more than their former classmates ($150K). Demonstrated ability in Project Management, Engineering Design, and Microsoft Excel rank among leading skills as well.
Benefits and Perks
A lucky minority (about one in three grads) are fortunate enough to be compensated for vacation while just one in four survey participants get sick time. The larger part of graduates opt for a 401(k) to save for retirement. Health benefits extend to more than half of alumni, and the larger part of respondents also receive dental coverage. Wayne State University alumni are also on the receiving end of life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.
Michigan State University grads bring in salaries of around $66K, making them the most similar to WSU alumni in terms of earnings. The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, the University at Buffalo, and the University of Illinois at Chicago are also similar to WSU.