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Average Salary for George Washington University (GWU) Alumni

It's hard to find a better value for your tuition dollar than George Washington University, a private research university based in Washington, District of Columbia, that is ranked in the top 16 percent of universities by ROI. Most often remembered as a die-hard sports school first, George Washington University (GWU) students study hard as they cheer on the Colonials. Math majors are among the most popular majors at George Washington University (GWU), and the student ranks boast SAT and ACT test scores well above average. The numbers in this rundown were provided by the GW grads who participated in PayScale's salary survey.

Overall College ROI Rank

207
out of 1312
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ROI Rank for Private not-for-profit Universities

89
out of 476
 

Mid-Career Salary Rank for Research Universities

41
out of 267

Typical Early Career Salary

$47,700
George Washington University (GWU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

Job
National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Software Engineer
15 salaries
$75,100  
   
Senior Software Engineer
14 salaries
$104,498  
Program Project Manager
14 salaries
$86,500  
Physician Assistant (PA)
13 salaries
$96,324  
Senior Systems Engineer
13 salaries
$117,833  
Financial Analyst
10 salaries
$62,288  
Executive Assistant
9 salaries
$45,000  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 22 Jan 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,133
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About This School

2121 I Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052

www.gwu.edu/apply/

10,464

Private Schools, Research Universities, For Sports Fans

80 %

10 %

35 %

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Industry

Graduates of GW go into the health care industry, the education industry, and the aerospace and defense industry, not to mention a variety of other lines of work. A large chunk of former GW students are employed in the consulting industry; in fact, this is the most popular job sector for this population. GW graduates see an estimated starting salary of about $74K.

Gender

There is a sizable difference between men's post-college salaries and women's: the median for the former is $89K, but the median for the latter is only $64K.

Jobs

GW grads who become Senior Systems Engineers garner financial rewards beyond any other job type for this group — these alumni rake in $118K annually. However, Senior Software Engineers and Physician Assistants also rank as top-earners (bringing in around $108K and $99K, respectively). Salaries are anything but generous for Executive Assistants, where earnings rank lowest on the pay scale at approximately $55K.

Locations

Many GW grads end up living in New York, deeming it the most popular city for former students of this school. Another city that attracts a wealth of GW grads is Reston; given its high compensation ($100K is the average salary), the city's popularity should come as no surprise. Washington, DC is a popular spot for former GW students at the opposite end of the pay scale; in fact, average salaries there are the lowest at approximately $63K. Arlington is also a top pick, as is San Francisco.

Employers

The highest paychecks can be found at Accenture, where some GW grads go to work for pay averaging $110K. Student employment is high at George Washington University (GWU) though paychecks are the smallest at $55K.

Degree Major

A graduate with a medical degree from GW can rake in a whopping around $193K per year, more than any other degree from this school. Graduates holding a B.A. in Journalism & Mass Communication fare the worst in terms of compensation with yearly salaries of about $42K.

Skills

Knowledge of Strategic Planning seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 49 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($110K). Project Management is a popular skill among GW alumni, with slightly less than a fifth of grads reporting using it on the job. Microsoft Office, Data Analysis, and Microsoft Excel are among other dominant skills.

Benefits and Perks

Only about two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and one in three grads receive sick leave. A strong majority of grads enjoy benefits like health insurance, while most respondents receive dental plans, too. A solid majority of alumni take advantage of a 401(k) plan. 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 Georgetown University pick up average paychecks of $75K, which is closest to the amount made by GW grads among similar schools. Johns Hopkins University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Princeton University are also similar to GW.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1830 2090
ACT Scores 27 31

Key Stats for George Washington University (GWU)

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %
Salary
$36,940 - $90,289
Salary
$46,180 - $122,605
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 325 votes.
$38,255 - $116,997
$72,414 - $107,011
$74,500 - $149,000
$39,175 - $104,311
$35,895 - $103,969
$51,278 - $125,000
$56,639 - $112,940

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