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Salaries by Major at Western Michigan University

How much money do Western Michigan University graduates make and which majors earn the most upon graduating? Six years after enrolling, alumni who are working have average earnings of $33,000 per year. After ten years, graduates earn $48,900 on average.

In terms of specific areas of study, the following is a ranking of degree programs by the median first-year starting salaries for WMU graduates.

The undergraduate degree which initially pays the highest is Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering with a median starting salary of $68,800 followed by Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians paying $67,300 and Mechanical Engineering graduates who have a median starting income of $66,400 .

Looking at post-graduate and doctorate students, those completing the Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions (Master's Degree) program rank first with a median initial income of $102,300 followed by Educational Administration and Supervision (Doctoral Degree) at $80,000 and Business Administration, Management and Operations (Master's Degree) who earn $71,500 .

Note about salary data: First year earnings data are aggregated by the US Department of Education and analyzes IRS reported income for Western Michigan University graduates who received federal financial aid in the form of grants or loans. Not all graduates or fields of study are represented as data for some degree programs are omitted for privacy purposes.

Median first-year earnings for Western Michigan University graduates ranked by degree type and major
Major Earnings
Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions (Master's Degree) $102,300
Educational Administration and Supervision (Doctoral Degree) $80,000
Business Administration, Management and Operations (Master's Degree) $71,500
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $68,800
Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians (Bachelorís Degree) $67,300
Mechanical Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $66,400
Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology (Doctoral Degree) $65,200
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $62,000
Engineering-Related Fields (Bachelorís Degree) $61,200
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing (Bachelorís Degree) $61,200
Computer Science (Bachelorís Degree) $60,900
Drafting/Design Engineering Technologies/Technicians (Bachelorís Degree) $59,100
Civil Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $57,300
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions (Master's Degree) $56,400
Chemical Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $55,300
Accounting and Related Services (Master's Degree) $54,900
Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Technologies (Bachelorís Degree) $52,500
Computer and Information Sciences (Bachelorís Degree) $51,700
Special Education and Teaching (Master's Degree) $49,500
Business Administration, Management and Operations (Bachelorís Degree) $49,000
Public Administration (Master's Degree) $48,400
Educational Administration and Supervision (Master's Degree) $48,200
Medical Illustration and Informatics (Bachelorís Degree) $47,900
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services (Master's Degree) $47,800
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas (Master's Degree) $45,500
Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology (Master's Degree) $44,000
Finance and Financial Management Services (Bachelorís Degree) $43,200
Marketing (Bachelorís Degree) $43,200
Social Work (Master's Degree) $42,600
Design and Applied Arts (Bachelorís Degree) $42,300
Accounting and Related Services (Bachelorís Degree) $41,900
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions (Graduate/Professional Certificate) $41,700
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions (Master's Degree) $41,600
Human Resources Management and Services (Bachelorís Degree) $39,900
Student Counseling and Personnel Services (Master's Degree) $39,500
Special Education and Teaching (Bachelorís Degree) $37,800
Health and Physical Education/Fitness (Master's Degree) $37,400
Air Transportation (Bachelorís Degree) $37,200
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication (Bachelorís Degree) $35,800
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas (Bachelorís Degree) $35,100
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods (Bachelorís Degree) $35,000
Biology (Bachelorís Degree) $31,900
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics (Bachelorís Degree) $31,600
Criminal Justice and Corrections (Bachelorís Degree) $31,400
Communication and Media Studies (Bachelorís Degree) $31,200
Political Science and Government (Bachelorís Degree) $30,100
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other (Bachelorís Degree) $29,800
Social Work (Bachelorís Degree) $29,800
Apparel and Textiles (Bachelorís Degree) $29,300
Health and Physical Education/Fitness (Bachelorís Degree) $28,900
Geography and Cartography (Bachelorís Degree) $28,700
Sociology (Bachelorís Degree) $28,700
Health and Medical Administrative Services (Bachelorís Degree) $28,600
International/Global Studies (Bachelorís Degree) $28,500
Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology (Bachelorís Degree) $28,300
Psychology (Bachelorís Degree) $28,100
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services (Bachelorís Degree) $27,500
Film/Video and Photographic Arts (Bachelorís Degree) $25,100
Music (Master's Degree) $24,800
Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies (Bachelorís Degree) $21,800
Fine and Studio Arts (Bachelorís Degree) $20,500
Dance (Bachelorís Degree) $19,400
Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft (Bachelorís Degree) $17,200

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=172699 IPEDS survey and College Scorecard data for Western Michigan University.