Average Salary for George Washington University (GWU) Alumni

Around 10,000 undergrads attend George Washington University, a school in Washington, Washington DC. The school sits 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. The data for this snapshot was collected from GW graduates who took PayScale's salary survey.

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George Washington University (GWU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data 
Senior Software Engineer
11 salaries
Software Engineer
9 salaries
Program Project Manager
7 salaries
Management Consultant
6 salaries
Financial Analyst
6 salaries
Attorney / Lawyer
6 salaries
Executive Assistant
6 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 27 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 671
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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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GW alumni can most commonly be found in the health care industry, the education industry, and the aerospace and defense industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. The majority of GW alumni wind up in the consulting industry. Those with a degree from GW make an average of $71K.


After college, a notable gender gap appears: the average female graduate makes $63K where the average male graduate hauls home $85K.


GW grads who become Senior Software Engineers garner financial rewards beyond any other job type for this group — these alumni rake in an average around $110K annually. However, Attorneys and Software Engineers also rank as top-earners (bringing in approximately $108K and $77K, respectively). Executive Assistants wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning about $50K.


New York, N.Y. is a hub for GW graduates — a large number call this city home. It is also not uncommon to find former GW students living and working in Philadelphia, Pa. — this top-paying city is a popular destination with a median salary of $153K. On the flipside, the lowest-paying city popular among GW grads is Washington, DC (median compensation is $63K). Arlington, Va. is also a common pick among GW grads, along with San Francisco, Calif.

Degree Major

Financial compensation is highest for GW grads with a medical degree (average earnings climb to approximately $190K per year). A B.A. in Journalism & Mass Communication commands less pay, and these degree-holders face median pay of $42K.


Former Colonials who have experience with Strategic Planning can expect to make 53 percent more than other alumni ($109K on average). Project Management is a popular skill among GW alumni, with nearly one in five grads reporting using it on the job. Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Data Analysis, and Microsoft Excel command top-of-the-line rewards as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only about two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and one-third of alumni receive sick leave. Most survey participants set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). Most grads receive health insurance, and a fair number of former students get dental coverage. Additional perks enjoyed by George Washington University grads include life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, New York University grads (who make an average of around $71K) 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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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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