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

Nestled away in Washington, Washington DC, American University, an United Methodist school, has a student population of roughly 7,000. Students thrive off the school's sports-centered energy and urban environment, which offers countless areas to explore and numerous ways to keep busy. Replies from former American students to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.

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American University - Washington D.C. Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location.
Program Coordinator, Non-Profit Organization
13 salaries
Attorney / Lawyer
9 salaries
Policy Analyst
6 salaries
Research Associate (Unspecified Type)
4 salaries
Account Executive
4 salaries
4 salaries
Associate Attorney
4 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 29 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 408
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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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Former American students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including the consulting industry, the international affairs industry, and law. The education industry is the sector most highly represented among alumni. Following graduation, American students earn an average of about $62K.


After college, a notable gender gap appears: the average female graduate makes $58K where the average male graduate hauls home $73K.


The biggest paychecks among American alumni are earned by Marketing Directors — these former students make a median salary of $119K per year. The next biggest paychecks go to Attorneys (approximately $75K) and Associate Attorneys ($58K). Salaries are anything but generous for Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinators, whose earnings rank lowest on the pay scale at around $43K.


Many American students are Washington, DC-bound following college. American alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in Baltimore, Md., which offers a median salary of $104K. On the far end of the pay scale, American alumni often reside in Arlington, Va., which is home to the lowest pay at about $52K. New York, N.Y. is also a common pick among American grads, along with Rockville, Md.

Degree Major

Financial compensation is highest for American grads with a Master of Science (MS), Organizational Development (average earnings climb to $114K per year). Those with a B.A. in Comparative Literature face salaries on the lower end, coming in at an average approximately $33K per year.


Proficiency in Project Management is common among American alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, nearly one in six former students report doing so. For former Eagles, proficiency in Strategic Marketing warrants a paycheck that is 32 percent more than other alumni salaries. Demonstrated ability in Data Analysis, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office rank among leading skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Though vacation and sick days are paid for some, these benefits are reported by the minority of graduates (two-fifths of alumni and one in three grads, respectively). A large number of alumni set up a 401(k) to save for retirement. Health insurance benefits extend to most alums, and a fair number of former students sign up for dental plans. 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

Among alumni of similar schools, Wilmington University grads (who make an average of around $60K) earn salaries most similar to American alumni. Marquette University, Georgetown University, and Howard University are also similar to American.

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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.


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$35,683 - $82,260
$39,753 - $104,825
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 89 votes.
The National Society of Collegiate Scholars
$42,878 - $99,395
$43,238 - $81,067
$98,247 - $120,079
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