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Starting Salaries and Placement Rates

The University of Missouri educates the state's workforce.

Of Missouri's public universities, Mizzou grants 25 percent of all bachelor’s degrees, 26 percent of master’s degrees, 39 percent of first-professional degrees and 63 percent of doctoral degrees.

According to a 2011 study, after graduation most new Mizzou alumni find jobs in their chosen fields, with competitive starting salaries, right here in Missouri.

Average starting salary for Mizzou alumni

  • Bachelor's degrees: $40,100
  • Graduate and professional degrees: $48,600

Average starting salary in specialized fields

  • College of Engineering: $53,900
  • School of Health Professions: $44,300
  • Sinclair School of Nursing: $42,100
  • Trulaske College of Business: $40,900

Graduates who stay in Missouri

  • Bachelor's degree recipients: 70 percent
  • Graduate degree recipients: 66 percent
  • Nonresidents with bachelor's degrees: 40 percent

Overall placement rate

Graduates who meet their post-graduation objectives, such as full-time employment or acceptance to graduate school.

  • All graduates: 71 percent,
  • Bachelor's degree recipients: 68 percent
  • Graduate degree recipients: 74 percent
  • School of Social Work bachelor's degree recipients: 100 percent
  • Sinclair School of Nursing bachelor's degree recipients: 87 percent employed, 97 percent in their chosen field

Post-graduation choices

Undergraduate alumni

  • 31 percent continue their education
  • 87 percent of those who are employed work in fields related to their majors

Graduate alumni

  • 11 percent continue their education
  • 92 percent are employed in their chosen fields

State workforce data

With more than 3 million highly educated workers, Missouri has a growing, diverse population. Missouri’s number of skilled employees exceeds the entire populations of 19 states, including Kansas, Arkansas and Nebraska. 

Learn more from Missouri Partnership.