Western Michigan University Rankings Based on Salary

  • Western Michigan University ranks better than 53% of colleges, based on bachelor's salaries.
  • Western Michigan University ranks better than only 28% of colleges, based on debt for a bachelor's degree.
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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 a weighted average of all of its program scores. Data is sourced from the U.S. Department of Education's College Scorecard and was last updated in December 2020. It reflects median alumni debt upon graduation and median alumni earnings in the year after graduation for students who received federal financial aid.

Salary Scores for WMU Bachelor's Degrees

WMU ranks higher than 53% of colleges for bachelor's degrees, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Accounting and Related Services 33% $24,579 $45,127 33%
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering 17% $31,000 $60,771 17%
Air Transportation 53% $25,570 $46,673 53%
Anthropology 22% Not Reported $22,771 22%
Apparel and Textiles 38% $27,000 $34,847 38%
Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology 97% Not Reported $48,041 97%
Biology, General 89% $27,000 $35,670 89%
Business Administration, Management and Operations 84% $25,000 $51,872 84%
Chemical Engineering 34% $30,750 $63,600 34%
Chemistry 97% Not Reported $52,107 97%
Civil Engineering 55% $29,750 $61,922 55%
Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology 38% $26,000 $30,672 38%
Communication and Media Studies 70% $25,000 $36,793 70%
Computer and Information Sciences, General 40% $27,000 $53,775 40%
Computer Engineering 28% Not Reported $63,997 28%
Computer Science 49% $26,250 $67,240 49%
Criminal Justice and Corrections 37% $25,550 $33,352 37%
Dance 66% $27,000 $25,967 66%
Design and Applied Arts 59% $27,000 $36,992 59%
Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Services 11% $25,000 $24,035 11%
Drafting/Design Engineering Technologies/Technicians 85% $30,688 $61,814 85%
Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft 32% $27,000 $21,135 32%
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 8% Not Reported $17,162 8%
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering 65% $26,250 $73,823 65%
Engineering-Related Fields 49% $27,000 $61,218 49%
Engineering, Other 13% Not Reported $48,432 13%
English Language and Literature, General 34% Not Reported $27,126 34%
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies 22% Not Reported $25,774 22%
Film/Video and Photographic Arts 41% $26,000 $25,452 41%
Finance and Financial Management Services 37% $22,500 $47,440 37%
Fine and Studio Arts 27% $26,750 $23,034 27%
Geography and Cartography 30% $26,500 $32,925 30%
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences 99% $26,880 $51,273 99%
Health and Medical Administrative Services 22% $26,250 $33,828 22%
Health and Physical Education/Fitness 43% $27,000 $29,374 43%
History 21% $27,000 $25,452 21%
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services 67% $27,000 $31,729 67%
Human Resources Management and Services 32% $25,000 $42,458 32%
Industrial Engineering 62% $25,500 $70,176 62%
Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians 91% $31,000 $69,757 91%
International/Global Studies 47% $24,876 $32,391 47%
Journalism 23% Not Reported $28,598 23%
Marketing 81% $25,000 $48,363 81%
Mechanical Engineering 75% $26,563 $69,547 75%
Medical Illustration and Informatics 45% Not Reported $52,107 45%
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 34% $25,250 $32,684 34%
Music 22% $27,000 $22,420 22%
Natural Resources Conservation and Research 72% Not Reported $37,208 72%
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies 44% Not Reported $30,771 44%
Philosophy 7% Not Reported $17,717 7%
Political Science and Government 44% $27,000 $34,298 44%
Psychology, General 42% $26,835 $28,960 42%
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication 49% $26,188 $37,748 49%
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing 42% $25,620 $63,438 42%
Research and Experimental Psychology 12% Not Reported $24,421 12%
Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies 33% $27,000 $26,187 33%
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 64% $27,000 $35,416 64%
Social Work 59% $26,460 $33,113 59%
Sociology 60% $25,500 $33,993 60%
Special Education and Teaching 60% $30,517 $39,489 60%
Specialized Sales, Merchandising and Marketing Operations 9% $26,000 $28,019 9%
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods 47% $31,000 $35,594 47%
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas 59% $29,000 $38,108 59%
Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Technologies 58% $27,500 $56,415 58%

Salary Scores for WMU Master's Degrees

WMU ranks higher than 49% of colleges for master's degrees, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Accounting and Related Services 49% $20,966 $61,020 49%
Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions 62% $91,483 $102,600 62%
Business Administration, Management and Operations 62% $36,500 $77,297 62%
Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology 72% $46,016 $52,464 72%
Communication and Media Studies 31% Not Reported $42,682 31%
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services 31% $41,000 $52,663 31%
Educational Administration and Supervision 40% $41,000 $52,941 40%
Educational/Instructional Media Design 23% Not Reported $47,260 23%
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences 34% Not Reported $55,964 34%
Health and Physical Education/Fitness 27% Not Reported $38,289 27%
Human Resources Management and Services 40% $39,541 $59,350 40%
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions 49% $62,568 $42,682 49%
Music 58% Not Reported $34,704 58%
Public Administration 47% $49,164 $53,358 47%
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions 65% $40,170 $61,417 65%
Social Work 39% $42,192 $44,209 39%
Special Education and Teaching 48% $25,859 $49,814 48%
Student Counseling and Personnel Services 24% $46,120 $39,873 24%
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods 56% Not Reported $48,041 56%
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas 44% $35,089 $48,432 44%

Salary Scores for WMU Doctoral Degrees

WMU ranks higher than 73% of colleges for doctorates, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology 77% $69,290 $71,854 77%
Educational Administration and Supervision 66% Not Reported $90,856 66%

Western Michigan University Reviews

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