GW alumni can most commonly be found in the consulting industry, the health care industry, and IT consulting, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. The most popular professional field seems to be IT services. GW alumni rake in larger-than-average salaries; they also score high on the SATs and boast an impressive rate of graduation. Median pay for those who graduated from GW amounts to $75K.
After graduation, women go on to earn an average of $65K per year compared to men, who earn $89K.
Business Development VPs win the contest for best-paid GW alumni, making an average $121K every year, though Directors of Operations and Information Technology Managers are not far behind at about $105K. Research Associates get the short end of the stick when it comes to salary; grads report making an average of around $47K in this job.
Many GW grads end up living in Washington, DC, deeming it the most popular city for former students of this school. Mclean, Va. is another hot spot for GW grads, where salaries rank at the top of the pay scale (compensation averages out to approximately $142K). The city with the lowest median paycheck frequented by GW alumni is New York, N.Y., where earnings average $66K. Los Angeles, Calif. and Rockville, Md. are popular choices as well.
A graduate with a Juris Doctor (JD), Master of Jurisprudence, or Master of Law (LLM) from GW can rake in a whopping average $155K per year, more than any other degree from this school. The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) (about $39K on average annually).
For former Colonials, proficiency in Contract Negotiation warrants a paycheck that is 53 percent more than other alumni salaries. Many GW grads have knowledge of Project Management, with just over a fifth of alumni using this program on the clock. Also considered top-notch skills are Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Marketing Communications.
Benefits and Perks
The larger part of former students can rely on paid vacation days, but just two-fifths of alumni have the luxury of paid sick time. A large number of former students save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. For this school, most alums are the recipients of health benefits, and most former students pick up dental plans, too. George Washington University grads also enjoy benefits like life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.
Princeton University graduates, who earn around $74K on average, make a similar amount to GW grads. Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Pennsylvania are also similar to GW.