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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.

Overall College ROI Rank

334
out of 1312
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ROI Rank for Private not-for-profit Universities

127
out of 476
 

Mid-Career Salary Rank for Research Universities

108
out of 267

Typical Early Career Salary

$45,100
American University - Washington D.C. Alumni

Median Salary by Job

Job
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Program Coordinator, Non-Profit Organization
15 salaries
$41,707  
   
Attorney / Lawyer
10 salaries
$75,848  
Policy Analyst
6 salaries
$57,507  
Program Assistant (Unspecified Type)
6 salaries
$36,438  
Marketing Director
6 salaries
$114,115  
Account Manager
5 salaries
$57,936  
Research Associate (Unspecified Type)
5 salaries
$44,116  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 24 Jan 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 567
United States (change)

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/

7,299

Private Schools, Research Universities, For Sports Fans, Religious

77 %

5 %

40 %

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Industry

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.

Gender

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.

Jobs

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.

Locations

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.

Skills

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 2040
ACT Scores 26 31

Key Stats for American University - Washington D.C.

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %
Salary
$35,130 - $82,489
Salary
$39,388 - $106,030
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 174 votes.
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