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

Ranked in the top 25 percent of universities by ROI, American University is a private research university based in Washington, District of Columbia, home to around 7,000 undergraduates. Though student life tends to revolve around sports, American University - Washington D.C. is home to some of the brightest undergraduates in the country, and academics are highly valued. Alumni participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

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Typical Early Career Salary

American University - Washington D.C. Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data (?
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Program Coordinator, Non-Profit Organization
14 salaries
Attorney / Lawyer
9 salaries
Policy Analyst
6 salaries
Program Assistant (Unspecified Type)
6 salaries
Program Manager, Non-Profit Organization
5 salaries
Account Executive
5 salaries
Marketing Director
5 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 513
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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

80 %

5 %

19 %

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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. Among American grads, the education industry is a commonly chosen career field. The average starting salary for a graduate of American is $61K.


Male graduates do tend to earn more than female graduates; the first group banks around $72K per year, but the second group takes home only $57K.


Marketing Directors win the contest for best-paid American alumni, typically making $114K every year, though Attorneys ($75K), and Policy Analysts (about $58K) are not far behind. On the lower end, Program Assistants report making approximately $36K.


Home to a large number of American alums, Washington, DC is by far the most attractive city for these former students. American alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in Reston, which offers median salaries of $102K. On the other hand, American alumni who end up in Arlington receive the lowest median salaries of $52K. New York and Bethesda also rank high on the list of cities.

Degree Major

With annual earnings of about $112K per year, former Eagles who have a Master of Science (MS), Organizational Development are the best paid among the alumni population. On the other end of the spectrum, those with a B.A. in Journalism tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making $40K per year.


American grads are usually competent in Project Management, and approximately one in six alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Knowledge of Research Analysis seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 2 percent more than their former classmates' salaries (approximately $62K). Marketing Communications, Data Analysis, and Microsoft Office are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Lacking in the benefits department, just two-fifths of alumni report compensation for sick days and only one-third of alumni get vacation time. In an effort to save up for the years ahead, a strong majority of alums contribute to a 401(k). The greater part of alums have medical plans, and most alumni have dental insurance. Additional perks enjoyed by American University grads include life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Wilmington University graduates, who earn around $58K on average, make a similar amount to American grads. Other schools similar to American include Marquette University, Georgetown University, and Howard University.

Test Scores

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

Key Stats for American University - Washington D.C.


61 %
39 %
$35,130 - $82,489
$39,388 - $106,030
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 174 votes.
Counterpart International
$39,732 - $110,546
$37,330 - $81,067
$55,955 - $118,669
$59,007 - $147,395

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