Average Salary for George Washington University (GWU) Alumni

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. 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 figures in this rundown were provided by GW alumni who took the PayScale salary questionnaire.

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George Washington University (GWU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data (?
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Software Engineer
11 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
11 salaries
Program Project Manager
10 salaries
Senior Systems Engineer
9 salaries
Executive Assistant
8 salaries
Attorney / Lawyer
7 salaries
Financial Analyst
7 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 838

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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 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. Median pay for those who graduated from GW amounts to $72K.


It's worth noting that female graduates earn a median salary of approximately $62K whereas the men's median is $87K.


The most generous salaries among GW alumni are reportedly earned by Senior Systems Engineers, whose median earnings come to $118K, followed by Senior Software Engineers (about $106K) and Program Project Managers ($76K). Salaries are anything but generous for Account Executives, whose earnings rank lowest on the pay scale at around $49K.


The most popular destination for former GW students is New York, N.Y. 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 $151K. On the far end of the pay scale, GW alumni often reside in Washington, DC, which is home to the lowest pay at $62K. Other popular cities include Arlington, Va. and San Francisco, Calif.

Degree Major

Financial compensation is highest for GW grads with a medical degree (average earnings climb to approximately $194K per year). The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a B.A. in Journalism & Mass Communication ($41K on average annually).


Strategic Planning commands a pay premium of 56 percent for former Colonials. Many GW grads have knowledge of Project Management, with just under one in five alumni using this program on the clock. Competency in Microsoft Office, Data Analysis, and Microsoft Excel also warrants excellent remuneration.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to benefits, there is room for improvement — only two-fifths of alumni are paid for vacation and just one-third of alumni for sick time. Benefits are rather generous for graduates of this school; most graduates are rewarded with health insurance and a fair number of alumni report dental coverage, too. A large number of survey participants 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, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Compensation averages around $70K for New York University alumni, making their earnings most comparable to GW grads. Other schools similar to GW include Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1810 2090
ACT Scores 27 31

Key Stats for George Washington University (GWU)


51 %
49 %
$36,487 - $88,358
$44,581 - $120,689
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 185 votes.
$36,382 - $105,000
$35,235 - $104,963
$50,684 - $135,000
$40,075 - $104,117
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