Graduates of American go into the public policy research and development industry, the management consulting industry, and the social services industry, not to mention a variety of other lines of work. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the consulting industry. Starting salaries of $62K are the median among American grads.
After college, a notable gender gap appears: the average female graduate makes $50K where the average male graduate hauls home approximately $78K.
Another city that attracts a wealth of American grads is New York, N.Y.; given its high compensation ($210K is the average salary), the city's popularity should come as no surprise. On the flipside, the lowest-paying city popular among American grads is Washington, DC (median compensation is around $61K).
Among the highest-paid American alumni are those with a Master of Science (MS) — they earn close to $81K on average per year. Those with a Bachelor's Degree, International Relations face salaries on the lower end, coming in at an average about $44K per year.
Somewhere between a fifth and a fourth of grads report using Project Management as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Competency in Change Management translates into above-average pay for former Eagles — they earn 86 percent more than their fellow graduates. Proficiency in Media / Public Relations, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis command top-of-the-line rewards as well.
Benefits and Perks
Though vacation and sick days are paid for some, these benefits are reported by the minority of graduates (one in three grads and one in three grads, respectively). Benefits are rather generous for graduates of this school; most survey participants are rewarded with health insurance and a fair number of respondents report dental coverage, too. A large number of graduates report contributing to a 401(k). Additional perks enjoyed by American University grads include life insurance, a casual working environment, 403(b), and free drinks.
Median pay for Wilmington University grads is around $69K, making their salaries most similar to those of American grads. Marquette University, Georgetown University, and Howard University are also similar to American.