American University - Washington D.C. Alumni Average Salary

Nestled away in Washington, Washington DC, American University, an United Methodist school, has a student population of roughly 7,000. Sports have an undeniably strong influence on campus life (Go Eagles!), and students exploit the school's urban location by exploring the rich resources of their city. This report is based on the answers of American graduates who responded to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Attorney / Lawyer
22 salaries
Program Coordinator, Non-Profit Organization
21 salaries
Marketing Manager
17 salaries
Program Manager, Non-Profit Organization
16 salaries
Research Analyst
14 salaries
Account Manager
14 salaries
Executive Director
13 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,290

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About This School

4400 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016-8001

American University School of International Service, The American University, American University, Washington D.C., American University


Private School, Research University, Religious, For Sports Fans

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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).

Degree Major

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.

Related Schools

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.

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Rated 5 out of 5
based on 6 votes.
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