George Washington University (GWU) Alumni Average Salary

George Washington University is a school located in Washington, Washington DC with around 10,000 undergraduates. Alumni report earning excellent value for their tuition dollars; the school ranks in the top 17 percent of universities by return on investment. Often heralded for its athletics, George Washington University also offers a top-notch curriculum. The data for this synopsis comes from former GW students who took the PayScale salary survey.

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George Washington University (GWU) Alumni

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Attorney / Lawyer
35 salaries
Software Engineer
24 salaries
Associate Attorney
21 salaries
Program Coordinator, Non-Profit Organization
21 salaries
20 salaries
Research Associate (Unspecified Type)
19 salaries
Project Manager, Information Technology (IT)
19 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Aug 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,594
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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 find work in an assortment of industries including the aerospace and defense industry, the health care industry, and IT services. 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. Following graduation, GW students earn an average of $73K.


After graduation, disparities in salary rise to the surface — males earn an average $86K per year compared to females' approximately $63K.


The most generous salaries among GW alumni are reportedly earned by Senior Software Engineers, whose median earnings come to around $125K, followed by Attorneys ($123K) and Senior Systems Engineers ($115K). Relative to other positions, compensation dwindles for Research Associates; alumni in this role face average salaries of about $47K.


Washington, DC is filled with GW grads. It is also not uncommon to find former GW students living and working in San Francisco, Calif. — this top-paying city is a popular destination with a median salary of approximately $127K. On the other hand, GW alumni who end up in Seattle, Wash. receive the lowest median salary of $50K. New York, N.Y. and Arlington, Va. are popular choices as well.

Degree Major

A medical degree will compensate GW grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in about $195K on average per year. Average annual salaries for those with a Master of Arts (MA), International Development Studies are the lowest of the pack, earning $39K.


Former Colonials with Strategic Planning experience garner salaries that are 25 percent more than other grads' salaries. Slightly less than a fifth of grads report using Project Management as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Demonstrated ability in Microsoft Office, Data Analysis, and Microsoft Excel rank among leading skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni earn paid vacation and just one in three grads get paid sick time. To plan for old age, most alumni maintain savings accounts through a company's 401(k) plan. Benefits are rather generous for graduates of this school; a large number of alumni are rewarded with health insurance and a fair number of grads report dental coverage, too. Other benefits that George Washington University alumni receive are 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 $70K) earn salaries most similar to GW alumni. Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Pennsylvania are also similar to GW.

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