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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. Though sports play a large role on campus, George Washington University (GWU) students are known to enjoy crunching numbers as well. Many major in math (it is one of the most prevalent degrees among alumni), and students place well on standardized tests. The figures in this rundown were provided by GW alumni who took the PayScale salary questionnaire.

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George Washington University (GWU) Details


2121 I Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052


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Private Schools, Research Universities, For Sports Fans

Graduation Rate:

80 %


10 %

% Stay In State:

35 %

% Receiving Pell Grants:

14 %
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Graduates of GW go into the consulting industry, the education industry, and the aerospace and defense industry, not to mention a variety of other lines of work. The most highly represented industry among alumni is the health care industry. GW graduates see an estimated starting salary of $74K.


After college, a notable gender gap appears: the average female graduate makes around $64K where the average male graduate hauls home about $90K.


The most lucrative professionals among GW alumni are Senior Systems Engineers; they earn a median annual salary of $118K. Also approaching the top of the pay scale at $108K and approximately $100K are Senior Software Engineers and Physician Assistants. Executive Assistants get the short end of the stick when it comes to salary, where grads report making an average of $52K in this job.


A large number of students head to New York after college. It is no surprise that Reston, which hands out the biggest paychecks (the average salary is approximately $101K), is another of the most popular spots for former GW students. Though Washington, DC takes the cake for lowest pay among GW grads (the median salary is about $63K there), it remains a common destination for former students. San Francisco is also a common pick among GW grads, along with Arlington.


GW alumni can earn the most money ($110K) at Accenture. Though compensation is lowest at George Washington University (GWU) — average pay amounts to $55K — this is where many students go on to find work.

Degree Major

GW grads who hold a medical degree can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning $193K per year. Graduates holding a B.A. in Journalism & Mass Communication fare the worst in terms of compensation with yearly salaries of around $42K.


Knowing Strategic Planning can pay off big time for former Colonials, who can expect a 47 percent bigger paycheck than other grads. GW alumni are often well versed in Project Management, with close to one-sixth grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. Experience with Microsoft Office, Data Analysis, and Microsoft Excel is highly valued as well.

Benefits and Perks

Lacking in the benefits department, just two-fifths of alumni report compensation for sick days and only one-third of alumni get vacation time. A strong majority of grads participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. A solid majority of grads receive health insurance, and most former students get dental coverage. George Washington University alumni are also on the receiving end of life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Alumni of Duke University pick up average paychecks of $75K, which is closest to the amount made by GW grads among similar schools. Other schools similar to GW include Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Pennsylvania.

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ACT Scores 27 31

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