Western Michigan University is a university based in Kalamazoo, Mich. that is home to around 20,000 undergraduates. The school has a strong sports tradition (Go Broncos!) and its urban campus offers many benefits for its students. Alumni responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.

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47 %

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  • Updated: 20 Apr 2019
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About This School

1903 West Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5200



Research University, State School, For Sports Fans

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Former WMU students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including the manufacturing industry, the education industry, and the health care industry. Among WMU grads, the automotive manufacturing industry is a commonly chosen career field. Median pay for those who graduated from WMU amounts to $59K.


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


WMU grads who become Mechanical Engineers are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, making an average $68K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Software Engineers and Operations Managers; their salaries approach around $66K and approximately $64K, respectively. On the lower end, Buyers report making about $55K.


Infamous for its meager salaries (average pay is the lowest at $55K), about one in six WMU students still call Kalamazoo, Mich. their home after graduation. On the opposite end of the pay scale is Detroit, Mich., a top-paying city for WMU grads looking to earn a larger-than-average sum (this city has a median pay of around $67K). Other cities of interest include Chicago, Ill. and Battle Creek, Mich.

Degree Major

WMU students with a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Finance can expect to make the most money (about $95K on average per year) compared to their fellow graduates. The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a B.A. in Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) (approximately $48K on average annually).


Former Broncos with Engineering Design abilities can expect to make 24 percent more than their former classmates ($73K). WMU grads are usually competent in Project Management, and one in seven alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Experience with Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis is highly valued as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only one in three grads for this school enjoy paid vacation days and about one-fifth of alumni get paid sick time. Health insurance benefits extend to a large number of respondents, and a strong majority of respondents sign up for dental plans. A large number of grads save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Alumni of Western Michigan University also take in a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

West Virginia University grads bring in salaries of around $59K, making them the most similar to WMU alumni in terms of earnings. The University of Toledo, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Northern Illinois University are also similar to WMU.

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ACT Scores 19 25

Key Stats for Western Michigan University (WMU)


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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1457 votes.
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