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

Positioned in the top 25 percent of universities by ROI, American University — a private research school in Washington, District of Columbia, with around 7,000 undergraduate students — gives families an outstanding long-term payout. Much of campus life revolves around sports (Go Eagles!), and the urban location lets student freely explore the diverse, interesting city at their fingertips. This overview is based on graduates' answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 22 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 636
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American University - Washington D.C. Details


4400 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016-8001

Also Known As:

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

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Private Schools, Research Universities, For Sports Fans, Religious

Graduation Rate:

77 %


5 %

% Stay In State:

40 %

% Receiving Pell Grants:

16 %
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American alumni belong to a wide range of sectors. A few fields in which grads tend to find work include the consulting industry, the international affairs industry, and law. Among American grads, the education industry is a commonly chosen career field. American graduates see an estimated starting salary of around $61K.


After graduation, women go on to earn an average of $57K per year compared to men, who earn $73K.


The American alumni who make the most are Marketing Directors; they report a median pay of $114K. Associate Attorneys and Attorneys draw in a fair amount as well — about $79K and $75K. Salaries are anything but generous for Program Assistants, where earnings rank lowest on the pay scale at approximately $36K.


Many American grads end up living in Washington, DC, deeming it the most popular city for former students of this school. It is no surprise that Bethesda, which hands out the biggest paychecks (the average salary is around $78K), is another of the most popular spots for former American students. Denver is a popular spot for former American students at the opposite end of the pay scale; in fact, average salaries there are the lowest at approximately $52K. Other cities of interest include New York and Arlington.

Degree Major

Among the highest-paid American alumni are those with a Master of Science (MS), Organizational Development — they earn close to $112K per year. Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a B.A. in Journalism — their annual income amounts to $40K on average.


Many former American students are familiar with Project Management, and around a sixth of grads move on to positions where this experience is utilized. Research Analysis commands a pay premium of 1 percent for former Eagles. Other prime know-hows include Marketing Communications, Data Analysis, and Microsoft Office.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni earn paid vacation and just one-third of alumni get paid sick time. The greater part of respondents set up a 401(k) to save for retirement. Health benefits extend to the greater part of grads, and a fair portion of survey participants also receive dental coverage. American University alumni are rewarded with additional benefits, such as life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Wilmington University grads report the most similar salaries to American alums, earning $57K on average. Other schools similar to American include Marquette University, Georgetown University, and Howard University.

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Key Stats



61 %

female alumni


39 %

male alumni
$35,199 - $82,395
$39,370 - $105,869

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Job Satisfaction

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