Average Salary for Clark Atlanta University (CAU) Alumni

Nestled away in Atlanta, Ga., Clark Atlanta University, an United Methodist school, has a student population of roughly 3,000. Alumni responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.

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Clark Atlanta University (CAU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education
2 salaries
Social Worker (MSW)
2 salaries
Laboratory Manager
2 salaries
Assistant Principal
2 salaries
Library Director
2 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 94

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About This School

223 James P Brawley Drive, S.W.
Atlanta, GA 30314-4391

Clark Atlanta University



Private School, Research University, Religious

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Graduates of Clark Atlanta University work in a variety of sectors including the counseling services industry, the retail corporate office industry, and the health care services industry. The education industry is the sector most highly represented among alumni. Clark Atlanta University graduates in the human services agency industry are hard pressed to find, with less than two percent of former students taking up work in this field. Following graduation, Clark Atlanta University students earn an average of around $59K.


Among Clark Atlanta University alumni, those working as Budget Managers report the highest median pay of $77K, followed by Assistant Principals ($71K), and Library Directors (about $64K). MSW Social Workers wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning approximately $45K.


Clark Atlanta University alumni seem to appreciate living in Atlanta, and roughly two in five grads actually choose to stay and find employment here after completing their coursework. New York, N.Y. is another hot spot for Clark Atlanta University grads, where salaries rank at the top of the pay scale (compensation averages out to $150K). Home to the lowest median salary for Clark Atlanta University alumni is Fayetteville, Ga., a popular place for former students despite its $43K average paycheck. Los Angeles, Calif. and Memphis, Tenn. also rank high on the list of cities.

Degree Major

With a median annual earnings of approximately $110K per year, Clark Atlanta University grads who have a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Marketing (MKTG) are the best paid among the alumni population. On the other end of the spectrum, those with a B.A. in Public Relations & Communication tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making an average about $34K per year.


Operations Management is a popular skill among Clark Atlanta University alumni, with close to one-tenth of workers reporting using it on the job. Clark Atlanta University grads who have experience with Media / Public Relations can expect to make 74 percent more than other alumni (around $103K on average). Also considered top-notch skills are Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Customer Service.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to benefits, there is room for improvement — only one-third of alumni are paid for vacation and just one-fourth of alumni for sick time. Most former students allocate some part of their earnings to a company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. Health benefits extend to most graduates, and a large number of alums also receive dental coverage. Clark Atlanta University grads are also lucky enough to receive life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Texas Christian University graduates, who earn $58K on average, make a similar amount to Clark Atlanta University grads. Other schools similar to Clark Atlanta University include the University of Tulsa, the Union Institute & University, and the Florida Institute of Technology.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
770 940
ACT Scores 17 21

Key Stats for Clark Atlanta University (CAU)


71 %
29 %
$37,149 - $78,120
$33,602 - $77,670
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 13 votes.

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