WSU alumni belong to a wide range of sectors. A few fields in which grads tend to find work include the health care industry, the automotive systems and components manufacturing industry, and the education industry. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the automotive manufacturing industry. Very few WSU grads go into the health care services industry; in fact, less than five percent of alumni enter this industry. The average starting salary for a graduate of WSU is around $67K.
There is a sizable difference between men's post-college salaries and women's: the median for the former is $78K, but the median for the latter is only $62K.
The most lucrative professionals among WSU alumni are Senior Financial Analysts; they earn a median annual salary of $79K. Also near the top of the pay scale at $76K are Electrical Engineers and Mechanical Engineers. Accountants pick up about $48K in financial rewards, representing the lowest-paid position among alumni.
WSU alumni seem to appreciate living in Detroit, and just under a third of grads actually choose to stay and find employment here after completing their coursework. Warren, Mich. is another hot spot for WSU grads, where salaries rank at the top of the pay scale (compensation averages out to approximately $80K). On the far end of the pay scale, WSU alumni often reside in Southfield, Mich., which is home to the lowest pay at $59K. Other cities of interest among WSU alumni include nearby Troy, Mich. and Dearborn, Mich.
WSU grads who hold a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning an average $104K per year. Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a bachelor's degree in social work — their annual income amounts to about $43K on average.
Project Management is a common skill among WSU alumni — roughly one in eight grads mention using it at work. Former Warriors with Budget Management experience garner salaries that are 27 percent more than other grads' salaries. Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Data Analysis command top-of-the-line rewards as well.
Benefits and Perks
A lucky minority (about one in three grads) are fortunate enough to be compensated for vacation while just one-fifth of alumni get sick time. Health benefits extend to most alumni, and a strong majority of alumni also receive dental coverage. Most grads report contributing to a 401(k). Wayne State University grads also enjoy benefits like a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.
Compensation averages around $67K for University of Illinois at Chicago alumni, making their earnings most comparable to WSU grads. The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Michigan State University, and the University at Buffalo are also similar to WSU.