Average Salary for Southwestern University Alumni

Southwestern University, an United Methodist school in Georgetown, Texas, has roughly 2,000 undergrads. Undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences is a key focus of the school. This summary is derived from information given by Southwestern grads who completed the PayScale salary survey.

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Director of Development, Non-Profit Organization
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Senior Project Manager, IT
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Attorney / Lawyer
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Associate Attorney
2 salaries
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About This School

1001 University Ave
Georgetown, TX 78626


Private School, Liberal Arts, Religious

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Graduates of Southwestern work in a variety of sectors including the religious organization industry, the education industry, and the software development industry. The most popular field is the legal services industry. The average starting salary for a graduate of Southwestern is about $64K.


The biggest paychecks among Southwestern alumni are earned by Attorneys — these former students make a median salary of $160K per year. The next biggest paychecks go to IT Senior Project Managers ($94K) and Associate Attorneys ($83K). On the lower end, Directors of Non-Profit Development report making approximately $60K.


Austin, Texas is a hub for Southwestern graduates — a large number call this city home. The top-paying city popular with Southwestern alumni is Los Angeles, Calif., which offers a median salary of $100K. Southwestern alumni in Houston, Texas can often be found sliding in at the lower end of the pay scale, where median paychecks are the smallest at around $37K. Close-by Dallas, Texas and Dayton, Ohio are also desirable cities among Southwestern alumni.

Degree Major

Southwestern grads who hold a Juris Doctor (JD), Master of Jurisprudence, or Master of Law (LLM) can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning an average $95K per year. On the other end of the spectrum, those with a B.A. in Political Science (PolySci) tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making an average around $38K per year.


Knowledge of Client Interaction seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 57 percent more than their former classmates' salaries (approximately $100K). Many Southwestern grads have knowledge of Microsoft Office, with one-eighth of alumni using this program on the clock. Experience with Project Management, Accounting, and Marketing Communications is highly valued as well.

Benefits and Perks

Though vacation and sick days are paid for some, these benefits are reported by the minority of graduates (two-fifths of alumni and two-fifths of alumni, respectively). Health insurance benefits extend to most grads, and the larger part of grads sign up for dental plans. In an effort to save up for the years ahead, most alumni contribute to a 401(k). Southwestern University alumni are rewarded with additional benefits, such as a casual working environment, life insurance, flexible hours, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Birmingham Southern College grads bring in salaries of around about $63K, making them the most similar to Southwestern alumni in terms of earnings. Austin College, Millsaps College, and Tougaloo College are also similar to Southwestern.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
1060 1280
ACT Scores 22 29

Key Stats for Southwestern University


71 %
29 %
$33,500 - $86,879
$41,718 - $88,241

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.
$33,935 - $97,866
$81,043 - $87,432
$28,040 - $60,500

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