American University - Washington D.C. Alumni Average Salary

Nestled away in Washington, Washington DC, American University, an United Methodist school, has a student population of roughly 7,000. The athletic culture permeates campus life (Go Eagles!), and students take full advantage of the school's urban location by enjoying concerts, dinners, and festivals around town. The information for this snapshot was generated by alumni responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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Attorney / Lawyer
22 salaries
Program Coordinator, Non-Profit Organization
20 salaries
Research Analyst
15 salaries
Program Manager, Non-Profit Organization
15 salaries
Financial Analyst
14 salaries
Marketing Manager
13 salaries
Associate Attorney
13 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 15 Feb 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,099

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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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American alumni belong to a wide range of sectors. A few fields in which grads tend to find work include the public policy research and development industry, the management consulting industry, and IT services. A large chunk of former American students are employed in the consulting industry; in fact, this is the most popular job sector for this population. Those with an education from American earn an average of $63K.


After graduation, women go on to earn an average of around $50K per year compared to men, who earn $79K.


The top-paying city popular with American alumni is New York, N.Y., which offers a median salary of approximately $210K. On the other end, American grads flock to Washington, DC, which actually offers the weakest median salary of $62K.

Degree Major

A graduate with a Doctorate (PhD) from American can rake in a whopping average $154K per year, more than any other degree from this school. Graduates holding a Bachelor's Degree, International Relations fare the worst in terms of compensation with an average yearly salary of about $44K.


Proficiency in Project Management is common among American alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, close to one-fourth of former students report doing so. Former Eagles with Event Planning abilities can expect to make 1 percent more than their former classmates ($62K). Other top skills include Data Analysis, Media / Public Relations, and Budget Management.

Benefits and Perks

A lucky minority (about one-third of alumni) are fortunate enough to be compensated for vacation while just one-third of alumni get sick time. It is no small feat that most alums are given health coverage, and a strong majority of survey participants accept dental insurance. A large number of respondents opt for a 401(k) to save for retirement. Other benefits that American University alumni receive are life insurance, a casual working environment, 403(b), and free drinks.

Related Schools

Howard University grads report the most similar salaries to American alums, earning $71K on average. Other schools similar to American include Marquette University, Georgetown University, and Catholic University of America.

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