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Average Salary for American University - Washington D.C. Alumni

Around 7,000 people attend American University, an United Methodist institution based in Washington, Washington DC. Sports have a dominant presence on campus, but study habits are taken seriously as well, and students report above-average test scores. The data in this summary come from American alumni who took the PayScale salary survey.

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ROI Rank for Private not-for-profit Universities

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Typical Early Career Salary

American University - Washington D.C. Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
Program Coordinator, Non-Profit Organization
13 salaries
Attorney / Lawyer
9 salaries
Policy Analyst
6 salaries
Account Executive
5 salaries
Program Assistant (Unspecified Type)
5 salaries
Marketing Director
5 salaries
Program Manager, Non-Profit Organization
4 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 17 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 486

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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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The consulting industry, the international affairs industry, and the government industry are just a few of the areas in which American grads find work. The most popular career sector among alumni is the education industry. Those with a degree from American make an average of $61K.


Male graduates of American out-earn their female counterparts significantly, earning an average of about $74K versus $58K for women.


The biggest paychecks among American alumni are earned by Marketing Directors — these former students make a median salary of $109K per year. The next biggest paychecks go to Attorneys (around $75K) and Policy Analysts ($58K). Salaries are anything but generous for Program Assistants, whose earnings rank lowest on the pay scale at approximately $35K.


Home to a large number of American alums, Washington, DC is by far the most attractive city for these former students. The top-paying city popular with American alumni is Reston, Va., which offers a median salary of about $105K. On the other end, American grads flock to Arlington, Va., which actually offers the weakest median salary of $51K. New York, N.Y. and Bethesda, Md. are popular choices as well.

Degree Major

A Master of Science (MS), Organizational Development earns American students the most money after college (an average approximately $115K per year). Those holding a B.A. in Journalism are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in around $39K on average per year.


Former Eagles with Research Analysis abilities can expect to make 1 percent more than their former classmates ($61K). Nearly one in six American grads wind up using Project Management at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. Other prime know-hows include Data Analysis, Microsoft Office, and Marketing Communications.

Benefits and Perks

A lucky minority (about two-fifths of alumni) are fortunate enough to be compensated for vacation while just one in three grads get sick time. A large number of former students receive health insurance, and a fair number of grads get dental coverage. Most grads set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). Other benefits awarded to American University alumni include life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Wilmington University grads bring in salaries of around $59K, making them the most similar to American alumni in terms of earnings. Marquette University, Georgetown University, and Howard University are also similar to American.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1740 2030
ACT Scores 26 30

Key Stats for American University - Washington D.C.


60 %
40 %
$35,615 - $82,284
$39,422 - $106,872
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 119 votes.
Counterpart International
$42,878 - $98,217
$38,252 - $82,500
$47,000 - $81,800
$41,500 - $92,271
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