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

American University is an United Methodist university based in Washington, Washington DC that is home to around 7,000 undergraduates. Students thrive off the school's sports-centered energy and urban environment, which offers countless areas to explore and numerous ways to keep busy. This report is based on the answers of American graduates who responded to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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American University - Washington D.C. Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data (?
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Program Coordinator, Non-Profit Organization
13 salaries
Attorney / Lawyer
9 salaries
Policy Analyst
6 salaries
Program Assistant (Unspecified Type)
5 salaries
Executive Assistant
4 salaries
Account Executive
4 salaries
Associate Attorney
4 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 456

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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 are found working in a number of different fields including the consulting industry, the international affairs industry, and the government industry. Among American grads, the education industry is a commonly chosen career field. Those with an education from American earn an average of $61K.


After graduation, women go on to earn an average of around $58K per year compared to men, who earn about $73K.


In the American alumni professional community, Marketing Directors make the highest median pay ($109K), though Attorneys ($75K), and Policy Analysts ($58K) are close competitors. Collecting the smallest paychecks are Program Assistants — they bring in approximately $35K.


Many American grads end up living in Washington, DC, deeming it the most popular city for former students of this school. American grads also flock to Baltimore, Md., which is home to salaries significantly above average (median pay is about $104K). Though Denver, Colo. takes the cake for lowest pay among American grads (the median salary is $52K there), it remains a common destination for former students. New York, N.Y. is also a top pick, as is Arlington, Va.

Degree Major

A graduate with a Master of Science (MS), Organizational Development from American can rake in a whopping average $115K per year, more than any other degree from this school. Average annual salaries for those with a B.A. in Journalism are the lowest of the pack, earning $39K.


Knowledge of People Management seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 15 percent more than their former classmates' salaries (approximately $70K). Close to one-sixth of American grads wind up using Project Management at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. In addition, those who are savvy in Data Analysis, Microsoft Office, and Marketing Communications are also considered highly skilled.

Benefits and Perks

A lucky minority (about two-fifths of alumni) are fortunate enough to be compensated for vacation while just one in three grads get sick time. Most alums report contributing to a 401(k). Benefits are rather generous for graduates of this school; most former students are rewarded with health insurance and a strong majority of graduates report dental coverage, too. Other benefits awarded to American University alumni include life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Wilmington University grads bring in salaries of around around $60K, making them the most similar to American alumni in terms of earnings. Marquette University, Georgetown University, and Howard University are also similar to American.

Test Scores

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

Key Stats for American University - Washington D.C.


60 %
40 %
$35,614 - $82,065
$39,501 - $106,491
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 114 votes.

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