George Washington University (GWU) Alumni Average Salary

Combining good value and great education, George Washington University is ranked in the top 17 percent of universities by return on investment. Alumni report high financial returns compared to the tuition they paid to attend this a university based in Washington, Washington DC. Students thrive off the school's sports-centered energy and urban environment, which offers countless areas to explore and numerous ways to keep busy. The information for this snapshot was generated by alumni responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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George Washington University (GWU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Attorney / Lawyer
32 salaries
Project Manager, (Unspecified Type / General)
26 salaries
Management Consultant
25 salaries
Software Engineer
20 salaries
Director of Operations
20 salaries
19 salaries
Marketing Manager
19 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 7 Feb 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,551

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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 IT services, IT consulting, and higher education. The consulting industry is the sector most highly represented among alumni. Former GW graduates bring in approximately $73K on average.


It's worth noting that female graduates earn a median salary of $67K whereas the men's median is around $87K.


The GW alumni who make the most are Senior Product Managers; they report a median pay of $148K. Information Technology Managers and Senior Managers of Corporate Communications draw in a fair amount as well — about $105K and $104K, respectively. Communications Managers wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning $71K.


Washington, DC is filled with GW grads. In addition, former GW students often head to Mclean, Va. after graduating, where the median salary comes to around $142K in this top-paying city. Home to the lowest median salary for GW alumni is New York, N.Y., a popular place for former students despite its $65K average paycheck. Other common destinations include Los Angeles, Calif. and San Francisco, Calif.

Degree Major

A Juris Doctor (JD), Master of Jurisprudence, or Master of Law (LLM) leads to the highest pay for GW grads (approximately $155K on average per year). Average annual salaries for those with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) are the lowest of the pack, earning $39K.


Former Colonials with Corporate Communications abilities can expect to make 43 percent more than their former classmates ($104K). Many GW grads have knowledge of Project Management, with just under one-fifth of alumni using this program on the clock. Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Media / Public Relations are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

As for time away from work, just over half of the survey participants are compensated for vacation days, but only two-fifths of alumni can take paid time off due to illness. Dental insurance applies to a large number of former students, and most graduates report health coverage. Most grads set up a 401(k) to save for retirement. George Washington University grads are also lucky enough to receive life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, New York University grads (who make an average of about $65K) earn salaries most similar to GW alumni. Other schools similar to GW include Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Pennsylvania.

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Key Stats for George Washington University (GWU)


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$33,412 - $93,745
$53,755 - $109,915

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Rated 4 out of 5
based on 15 votes.
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1-4 years
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$33,110 - $98,903
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