George Washington University (GWU) Alumni Average Salary

Students looking for a top-value school need look no further than George Washington University. It is a university based in Washington, Washington DC that is ranked in the top 17 percent of universities by return on investment. Athletics form the core of George Washington University social activity, but these students are also known for their studious nature and excellent test scores. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

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George Washington University (GWU) Alumni

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Attorney / Lawyer
32 salaries
Project Manager, (Unspecified Type / General)
27 salaries
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Management Consultant
23 salaries
Program Coordinator, Non-Profit Organization
21 salaries
Software Engineer
21 salaries
Marketing Manager
20 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 22 Apr 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,556

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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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Graduates of GW are found working in a number of different fields including higher education, the consulting industry, and IT consulting. The most popular professional field seems to be IT services. Graduates of GW earn approximately $73K on average.


Male graduates on average earn more than female graduates; the first group banks $89K per year, but the second group takes home only $65K.


Among GW alumni, those working as Directors of Operations and Information Technology Managers report the highest median pay of around $105K, followed by Senior Management Consultants at $84K. Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Research Associates who make an average of about $47K.


Many GW grads flock to Washington, DC. GW grads also flock to Mclean, Va., which is home to salaries significantly above average (median pay is $142K). Home to the lowest median salary for GW alumni is New York, N.Y., a popular place for former students despite its $66K average paycheck. Other popular cities include Los Angeles, Calif. and Rockville, Md.

Degree Major

With a median annual earnings of around $155K per year, former Colonials who have a Juris Doctor (JD), Master of Jurisprudence, or Master of Law (LLM) are the best paid among the alumni population. Average annual salaries for those with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) are the lowest of the pack, earning $39K.


Former Colonials who have experience with Contract Negotiation can expect to make 58 percent more than other alumni (approximately $115K on average). Project Management is a common skill among GW alumni — just under one in five grads mention using it at work. Competency in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Marketing Communications also warrants excellent remuneration.

Benefits and Perks

Benefits include paid time off, but vacation days are more heavily handed out than sick days; just over half of the graduates report receiving the former, but only two-fifths of alumni report receiving the latter. Most grads opt for a 401(k) to save for retirement. Health benefits extend to a large number of grads, and most respondents also receive dental coverage. George Washington 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, Princeton University grads (who make an average of $74K) earn salaries most similar to GW alumni. Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Pennsylvania are also similar to GW.

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Key Stats for George Washington University (GWU)


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$35,759 - $91,481
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Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.
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