American University - Washington D.C. Alumni Average Salary

American University is an United Methodist university based in Washington, Washington DC that is home to around 7,000 undergraduates. Enthusiasm for sports runs deep here (Go Eagles!), and the urban location affords rich cultural experiences for the students. Replies from former American students to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.

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College ROI Report

421st

20 Year Net ROI 

$295,100

Annual ROI 

4.5%

Total 4 Year Cost 

$217,900

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College Salary Report

144th

Early Career Salary 

$45,000

Mid-Career Salary 

$89,800

% High Meaning 

51.0%

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American University - Washington D.C. Alumni

Median Salary by Job

Job
National Salary Data 
$0$26K$52K$78K
Program Coordinator, Non-Profit Organization
9 salaries
$44,712  
   
Attorney / Lawyer
7 salaries
$76,302  
Policy Analyst
5 salaries
$58,000  
Account Executive
4 salaries
$54,500  
Data Analyst
4 salaries
$46,814  
Human Resources (HR) Manager
4 salaries
$55,779  
Paralegal
4 salaries
$64,500  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 22 Aug 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 326
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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

www.american.edu/admissions/

7,340

Private School, Research University, Religious, For Sports Fans

80 %

5 %

19 %


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Industry

Graduates of American work in a variety of sectors including the education industry, law, and the government industry. The most popular field is the consulting industry. The average salary for a grad from American is $62K.

Gender

After graduation, disparities in salary rise to the surface — males earn an average about $72K per year compared to females' around $58K.

Jobs

In the American alumni professional community, Attorneys make the highest median pay ($76K), though Paralegals ($65K), and Associate Attorneys ($58K) are close competitors. Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinators get the short end of the stick when it comes to salary; grads report making an average of approximately $44K in this job.

Locations

Many American grads flock to Washington, DC. It is also not uncommon to find former American students living and working in Baltimore, Md. — this top-paying city is a popular destination with a median salary of $115K. On the far end of the pay scale, American alumni often reside in Arlington, Va., which is home to the lowest pay at around $51K. Other common destinations include New York, N.Y. and Rockville, Md.

Degree Major

Former Eagles who fare the best in terms of salary hold an Associate's Degree and earn a median salary of about $120K per year. A B.A. in Comparative Literature commands less pay, and these degree-holders face median pay of approximately $33K.

Skills

Many former American students are familiar with Project Management, and one in six grads move on to positions where this experience is utilized. Competency in Microsoft Excel translates into above-average pay for former Eagles — they earn 3 percent more than their fellow graduates. Competency in Data Analysis, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office also warrants excellent remuneration.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni earn paid vacation and just one-third of alumni get paid sick time. Benefits are rather generous for graduates of this school; a large number of alums are rewarded with health insurance and a strong majority of alumni report dental coverage, too. A large number of alumni opt for a 401(k) to save for retirement. American University grads are also lucky enough to receive life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Compensation averages $60K for Wilmington University alumni, making their earnings most comparable to American grads. Other schools similar to American include Marquette University, Georgetown University, and Howard University.

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Test Scores

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

Key Stats for American University - Washington D.C.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %
Salary
$36,374 - $82,886
Salary
$39,555 - $102,665
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 81 votes.
The National Society of Collegiate Scholars
$38,500
$42,878 - $99,395
$42,500 - $68,000
$57,484 - $111,910
$51,000 - $137,500

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