Western Michigan University Rankings by Salary Score

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Western Michigan University's Top Ranking

Western Michigan University is ranked on 1 list of the best colleges by earnings one year out of college.


Salary and Debt by Major at Western Michigan University

We calculated a salary score for each of Western Michigan 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 Michigan 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 WMU Bachelor's Degrees

Field of Study Salary Score Employment Rate Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Accounting and Related Services 33 99% 99% $24,580 $45,130 33
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering 17 100% 100% $31,000 $60,770 17
Air Transportation 53 98% 98% $25,570 $46,670 53
Anthropology 22 90% 90% Not Reported $22,770 22
Apparel and Textiles 38 96% 96% $27,000 $34,850 38
Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology 97 100% 100% Not Reported $48,040 97
Biology, General 89 97% 97% $27,000 $35,670 89
Business Administration, Management and Operations 84 97% 97% $25,000 $51,870 84
Chemical Engineering 34 97% 97% $30,750 $63,600 34
Chemistry 97 100% 100% Not Reported $52,110 97
Civil Engineering 55 98% 98% $29,750 $61,920 55
Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology 38 97% 97% $26,000 $30,670 38
Communication and Media Studies 70 99% 99% $25,000 $36,790 70
Computer and Information Sciences, General 40 98% 98% $27,000 $53,780 40
Computer Engineering 28 100% 100% Not Reported $64,000 28
Computer Science 49 100% 100% $26,250 $67,240 49
Criminal Justice and Corrections 37 98% 98% $25,550 $33,350 37
Dance 66 97% 97% $27,000 $25,970 66
Design and Applied Arts 59 98% 98% $27,000 $36,990 59
Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Services 11 94% 94% $25,000 $24,040 11
Drafting/Design Engineering Technologies/Technicians 85 100% 100% $30,690 $61,810 85
Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft 32 98% 98% $27,000 $21,140 32
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 8 67% 67% Not Reported $17,160 8
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering 65 100% 100% $26,250 $73,820 65
Engineering-Related Fields 49 100% 100% $27,000 $61,220 49
Engineering, Other 13 100% 100% Not Reported $48,430 13
English Language and Literature, General 34 88% 88% Not Reported $27,130 34
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies 22 100% 100% Not Reported $25,770 22
Film/Video and Photographic Arts 41 99% 99% $26,000 $25,450 41
Finance and Financial Management Services 37 99% 99% $22,500 $47,440 37
Fine and Studio Arts 27 100% 100% $26,750 $23,030 27
Geography and Cartography 30 97% 97% $26,500 $32,930 30
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences 99 94% 94% $26,880 $51,270 99
Health and Medical Administrative Services 22 98% 98% $26,250 $33,830 22
Health and Physical Education/Fitness 43 97% 97% $27,000 $29,370 43
History 21 97% 97% $27,000 $25,450 21
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services 67 96% 96% $27,000 $31,730 67
Human Resources Management and Services 32 95% 95% $25,000 $42,460 32
Industrial Engineering 62 100% 100% $25,500 $70,180 62
Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians 91 100% 100% $31,000 $69,760 91
International/Global Studies 47 89% 89% $24,880 $32,390 47
Journalism 23 86% 86% Not Reported $28,600 23
Marketing 81 99% 99% $25,000 $48,360 81
Mechanical Engineering 75 100% 100% $26,560 $69,550 75
Medical Illustration and Informatics 45 100% 100% Not Reported $52,110 45
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 34 94% 94% $25,250 $32,680 34
Music 22 100% 100% $27,000 $22,420 22
Natural Resources Conservation and Research 72 96% 96% Not Reported $37,210 72
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies 44 100% 100% Not Reported $30,770 44
Philosophy 7 85% 85% Not Reported $17,720 7
Political Science and Government 44 92% 92% $27,000 $34,300 44
Psychology, General 42 94% 94% $26,840 $28,960 42
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication 49 99% 99% $26,190 $37,750 49
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing 42 99% 99% $25,620 $63,440 42
Research and Experimental Psychology 12 100% 100% Not Reported $24,420 12
Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies 33 92% 92% $27,000 $26,190 33
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 64 92% 92% $27,000 $35,420 64
Social Work 59 100% 100% $26,460 $33,110 59
Sociology 60 100% 100% $25,500 $33,990 60
Special Education and Teaching 60 98% 98% $30,520 $39,490 60
Specialized Sales, Merchandising and Marketing Operations 9 93% 93% $26,000 $28,020 9
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods 47 99% 99% $31,000 $35,590 47
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas 59 97% 97% $29,000 $38,110 59
Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Technologies 58 100% 100% $27,500 $56,420 58

Salary Scores for WMU Master's Degrees

Field of Study Salary Score Employment Rate Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Accounting and Related Services 49 100% 100% $20,970 $61,020 49
Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions 62 98% 98% $91,480 $102,600 62
Business Administration, Management and Operations 62 98% 98% $36,500 $77,300 62
Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology 72 98% 98% $46,020 $52,460 72
Communication and Media Studies 31 100% 100% Not Reported $42,680 31
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services 31 98% 98% $41,000 $52,660 31
Educational Administration and Supervision 40 100% 100% $41,000 $52,940 40
Educational/Instructional Media Design 23 100% 100% Not Reported $47,260 23
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences 34 100% 100% Not Reported $55,960 34
Health and Physical Education/Fitness 27 100% 100% Not Reported $38,290 27
Human Resources Management and Services 40 95% 95% $39,540 $59,350 40
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions 49 100% 100% $62,570 $42,680 49
Music 58 100% 100% Not Reported $34,700 58
Public Administration 47 96% 96% $49,160 $53,360 47
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions 65 98% 98% $40,170 $61,420 65
Social Work 39 97% 97% $42,190 $44,210 39
Special Education and Teaching 48 99% 99% $25,860 $49,810 48
Student Counseling and Personnel Services 24 97% 97% $46,120 $39,870 24
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods 56 100% 100% Not Reported $48,040 56
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas 44 99% 99% $35,090 $48,430 44

Salary Scores for WMU Doctoral Degrees

Field of Study Salary Score Employment Rate Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology 77 98% 98% $69,290 $71,850 77
Educational Administration and Supervision 66 100% 100% Not Reported $90,860 66

Most Recent Reviews

Colleen McChesney 1/17/2020

I am proud to call Western Michigan University my alma mater because of the incredible faculty and academic staff that sincerely care about student growth and development. During my time as and undergraduate, President Dunn served as the university president. I believe the reason for Western's community came from his love for students and not placing himself above anyone. He would go on morning walks around campus, attend football games in the student section, I even got invited to his house for a pool party... Read More

Me1991 12/10/2019

I feel like this is a great school for a first time college student fresh out of high school or a student that is a full time student or a student that doesnt work a day job. I had to transfer out after one semester because finding a class that didn't interfere with my Monday through Friday 8am-4:30pm job schedule was impossible. There as limited online classes for most subjects and for others there was absolutely no online option. I felt that my teachers also didn't care of you worked full time and had absolutely... Read More