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

American University, an United Methodist school in Washington, Washington DC, has roughly 7,000 undergrads. Sports occupy center stage in student life (Go Eagles!), but academics are extremely important, too. Figures cited in this summary are based on graduates' replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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American University - Washington D.C. Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data 
Program Coordinator, Non-Profit Organization
12 salaries
Attorney / Lawyer
7 salaries
Policy Analyst
6 salaries
Associate Attorney
4 salaries
Research Associate (Unspecified Type)
4 salaries
4 salaries
Account Executive
4 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 372
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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 head into a range of vocations when it comes to work; the education industry, the international affairs industry, and the government industry are just a few professional areas popular among alumni. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the consulting industry. American graduates see an average starting salary of around $62K.


It's worth noting that female graduates earn a median salary of $58K whereas the men's median is $72K.


Among American graduates, the biggest earners are Attorneys, who haul in about $75K on average. Next on the list are Paralegals and Associate Attorneys, bringing in approximately $65K and $58K, respectively. Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinators face rather mediocre compensation — average salaries are actually the lowest at $43K.


Many American grads end up living in Washington, DC, deeming it the most popular city for former students of this school. In addition, former American students often head to Fairfax, Va. after graduating, where the median salary comes to around $120K in this top-paying city. On the other hand, American alumni who end up in Arlington, Va. receive the lowest median salary of $52K. New York, N.Y. and Rockville, Md. also rank high on the list of cities.

Degree Major

With a median annual earnings of about $114K per year, former Eagles who have a Master of Science (MS), Organizational Development are the best paid among the alumni population. Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a B.A. in Comparative Literature — their annual income amounts to $33K on average.


Many American grads have knowledge of Project Management, with approximately one in six alumni using this program on the clock. For former Eagles, proficiency in Media / Public Relations warrants a paycheck that is 5 percent more than other alumni salaries. Data Analysis, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to benefits, there is room for improvement — only two-fifths of alumni are paid for vacation and just one in three grads for sick time. A large number of alumni have medical plans, and a strong majority of alums have dental insurance. A large number of former students participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. American University alumni are rewarded with additional benefits, such as life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Wilmington University grads report the most similar salaries to American alums, earning approximately $59K on average. Marquette University, Georgetown University, and Howard University are also similar to American.

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

Key Stats for American University - Washington D.C.


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$36,090 - $81,861
$39,610 - $104,382
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 85 votes.

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