George Washington University (GWU) Alumni Average Salary

George Washington University is a university known for giving students excellent value for their tuition costs. Located in Washington, Washington DC, the school is ranked in the top 17 percent of universities by return on investment. It would be a misnomer to cast George Washington University as a die-hard sports school only: George Washington University students study hard as they cheer on the Colonials. History majors are among the most popular majors at George Washington University, and the university is home to some of the brightest students in the country. Replies from former GW students to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.

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Software Engineer
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Senior Software Engineer
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Policy Analyst
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Attorney / Lawyer
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Senior Systems Engineer
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Executive Assistant
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 29 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 607
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About This School

2121 I Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052


Private School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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Professionally, the education industry, the health care industry, and the aerospace and defense industry are popular business areas among GW alumni. The most highly represented industry among alumni is the consulting industry. Following graduation, GW students earn an average of about $71K.


There's a noticeable difference between the genders; where the average man hauls in around $84K after graduating from GW, the average woman earns only $62K.


Senior Software Engineers win the contest for best-paid GW alumni, making approximately $110K on average every year, though Attorneys ($107K), and Program Project Managers ($76K) are not far behind. Sliding in near the bottom are Executive Assistants, who report earnings of $43K.


A large number of students head to New York, N.Y. after college. GW grads also flock to Philadelphia, Pa., which is home to salaries significantly above average (median pay is about $151K). The city with the lowest median paycheck frequented by GW alumni is Washington, DC, where earnings average $63K. Alumni express interest in Arlington, Va. and San Francisco, Calif. as well.

Degree Major

A medical degree will compensate GW grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in around $190K on average per year. A B.A. in Journalism & Mass Communication offers the lowest median annual financial reward ($42K).


Project Management is a common skill among GW alumni — about a fifth of grads mention using it at work. For former Colonials, proficiency in Strategic Planning warrants a paycheck that is 53 percent more than other alumni salaries. Microsoft Office, Data Analysis, and Microsoft Excel are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni for this school enjoy paid vacation days and about one in three grads get paid sick time. It is no small feat that a large number of alums are given health coverage, and a strong majority of graduates accept dental insurance. Most graduates set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). George Washington University alumni are rewarded with additional benefits, such as life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Alumni of New York University pick up average paychecks of $71K, which is closest to the amount made by GW grads among similar schools. Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Pennsylvania are also similar to GW.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1810 2090
ACT Scores 27 31

Key Stats for George Washington University (GWU)


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$37,140 - $88,456
$43,631 - $119,272
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5
based on 146 votes.
$54,045 - $116,997
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