Western Illinois University Rankings by Salary Score

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Western Illinois University's Top Rankings

Western Illinois University is ranked on 2 lists of the best colleges by earnings one year out of college.


Salary and Debt by Major at Western Illinois University

We calculated a salary score for each of Western Illinois University's programs by comparing program-specific median alumni earnings to median alumni earnings for the same program across all schools that provide this data. This way, students can compare the relative salary strength of a specific major at Western Illinois University to the same major at other schools. A school's overall score by level is based on the school's by-program performance weighted by student enrollment in each program. Data is sourced from the December 2020 release of the U.S. Department of Education's College Scorecard and reflects median alumni debt upon graduation and median alumni earnings in the year after graduation for students who received federal financial aid. Debt and salary numbers are shown rounded to the nearest $10.

Salary Scores for WIU Bachelor's Degrees

Field of Study Salary Score Employment Rate Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Accounting and Related Services 30 100% 100% $28,820 $44,310 30
Agriculture, General 66 98% 98% $15,800 $38,950 66
Biology, General 57 98% 98% $27,000 $30,000 57
Business Administration, Management and Operations 56 96% 96% $23,630 $44,170 56
Communication and Media Studies 55 99% 99% $26,000 $34,390 55
Computer and Information Sciences, General 30 98% 98% $21,000 $49,210 30
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 5 92% 92% Not Reported $37,570 5
Construction Management 1 100% 100% $23,750 $48,270 1
Criminal Justice and Corrections 66 99% 99% $22,500 $38,390 66
Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft 18 100% 100% Not Reported $19,230 18
Engineering Technology, General 39 100% 100% $25,500 $52,110 39
Engineering, General 26 92% 92% Not Reported $58,220 26
English Language and Literature, General 8 95% 95% $22,500 $21,230 8
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General 80 96% 96% $29,130 $33,990 80
Finance and Financial Management Services 19 100% 100% $25,250 $41,940 19
Fine and Studio Arts 56 97% 97% $27,000 $27,050 56
Fire Protection 11 100% 100% $23,350 $33,140 11
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences 31 100% 100% Not Reported $33,990 31
Graphic Communications 33 100% 100% $25,000 $26,520 33
Health and Medical Administrative Services 41 100% 100% $33,000 $39,100 41
Health and Physical Education/Fitness 56 98% 98% $29,750 $30,870 56
History 58 100% 100% $25,630 $32,210 58
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other 32 100% 100% Not Reported $38,290 32
Human Resources Management and Services 23 97% 97% $27,000 $40,480 23
Journalism 50 84% 84% Not Reported $32,560 50
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 76 92% 92% $24,250 $37,940 76
Marketing 32 100% 100% $25,500 $39,370 32
Mathematics 25 100% 100% Not Reported $38,290 25
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General 43 100% 100% Not Reported $30,410 43
Music 88 98% 98% $26,850 $35,950 88
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management 39 99% 99% $25,250 $31,080 39
Political Science and Government 66 96% 96% $24,750 $38,290 66
Psychology, General 39 97% 97% $27,000 $28,600 39
Radio, Television, and Digital Communication 33 98% 98% $25,000 $28,240 33
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing 30 100% 100% $27,000 $59,990 30
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 61 92% 92% $26,420 $34,850 61
Social Work 60 100% 100% $29,620 $33,220 60
Sociology 36 100% 100% $37,250 $30,620 36
Special Education and Teaching 76 100% 100% $27,820 $41,570 76
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods 32 99% 99% $25,250 $33,740 32
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas 86 100% 100% Not Reported $42,680 86
Visual and Performing Arts, Other 33 100% 100% Not Reported $24,190 33

Salary Scores for WIU Master's Degrees

Field of Study Salary Score Employment Rate Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Accounting and Related Services 36 100% 100% Not Reported $58,940 36
Biology, General 46 100% 100% Not Reported $42,680 46
Business Administration, Management and Operations 42 100% 100% $20,790 $66,330 42
Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology 58 100% 100% Not Reported $48,820 58
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services 45 100% 100% $41,000 $55,060 45
Computer and Information Sciences, General 15 100% 100% Not Reported $60,160 15
Criminal Justice and Corrections 61 100% 100% Not Reported $53,810 61
Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft 23 100% 100% Not Reported $26,350 23
Educational Administration and Supervision 80 100% 100% $30,750 $67,850 80
Educational/Instructional Media Design 40 94% 94% Not Reported $52,110 40
English Language and Literature, General 64 100% 100% Not Reported $42,680 64
Health and Physical Education/Fitness 19 100% 100% $22,520 $36,560 19
History 19 87% 87% Not Reported $30,770 19
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 9 94% 94% Not Reported $34,050 9
Museology/Museum Studies 2 94% 94% $18,110 $24,040 2
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management 32 100% 100% $24,060 $38,830 32
Political Science and Government 4 100% 100% Not Reported $21,960 4
Psychology, General 30 100% 100% Not Reported $39,730 30
Radio, Television, and Digital Communication 18 100% 100% Not Reported $38,290 18
Student Counseling and Personnel Services 22 100% 100% $27,060 $39,480 22
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods 59 97% 97% $15,930 $48,670 59
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas 27 100% 100% $24,610 $44,360 27

Most Recent Reviews

Julia Henderson 9/12/2019

I received my degree in Mathematics from the College of Science. I was not very involved with my program and actively seeking help from classmates and professors. I was always good in Mathematics and was always a person to go to if someone needed help with their math classes. I preferred having to work on calculations instead of writing papers and figuring out words. Once I got to a higher level of mathematics, the calculations stopped and I had to prove mathematical theories so I do not think I was interested... Read More

Kayla Smiley 8/13/2019

Going to Western Illinois University and being apart of the Forensic Psychology program was the best decision I have made. Not many schools offer this degree at the undergraduate level, so I was very lucky to be apart of the program. The classes I took were amazing, and the professors in the psychology department loved their job. There were plenty of opportunities to become a research assistant, which I took advantage of.