Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Alumni Average Salary

Virginia Commonwealth University is a university based in Richmond, Va. that is home to around 23,000 undergraduates. The school is known for its strong athletic tradition (Go Rams!), and the urban environment gives students ample opportunity to discover new neighborhoods, restaurants, concerts, and more. This report is based on the answers of VCU graduates who responded to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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666th

20 Year Net ROI 

$246,000

Annual ROI 

6.3%

Total 4 Year Cost 

$108,000

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554th

Early Career Salary 

$52,900

Mid-Career Salary 

$77,400

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Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

Job
National Salary Data 
$0$29K$58K$87K
Graphic Designer
25 salaries
$43,682  
   
Mechanical Engineer
23 salaries
$63,433  
Operations Manager
19 salaries
$56,709  
Software Engineer
15 salaries
$85,381  
Art Director
11 salaries
$52,072  
Administrative Assistant
11 salaries
$29,956  
Creative Director
11 salaries
$52,000  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 7 Dec 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,529
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About This School

910 W Franklin St
Richmond, VA 23284-2512

Virginia Commonwealth University

www.vcu.edu/admissions/

23,356

State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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14 %

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Industry

Professionally, the education industry, the software development industry, and the consulting industry are popular business areas among VCU alumni. The most popular field is IT services. The average salary for a grad from VCU is around $53K.

Gender

Male graduates on average earn more than female graduates; the first group banks $73K per year, but the second group takes home only $47K.

Jobs

Among VCU graduates, the biggest earners are Presidents, who haul in $150K on average. Next on the list are Mechanical Engineers, bringing in close to approximately $60K. Sliding in near the bottom are Environmental Consultants, who report earnings of about $46K.

Locations

VCU alumni like Richmond so much that they tend to stick around after graduation, with more than two-fifths of grads staying on to find permanent employment. It is also not uncommon to find former VCU students living and working in Minneapolis, Minn. — this top-paying city is a popular destination with a median salary of $71K. On the flipside, the lowest-paying city popular among VCU grads is Buffalo, N.Y. (median compensation is $46K). Graduates also relocate to Washington, DC and Midlothian, Va.

Degree Major

A medical degree leads to the highest pay for VCU grads (around $145K on average per year). The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a Bachelor of Science in Psychology (about $32K on average annually).

Skills

Former Rams with Microsoft Office abilities can expect to make 37 percent more than their former classmates ($73K). Project Management is a popular skill among VCU alumni, with one in six grads reporting using it on the job. Experience with Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Customer Service is highly valued as well.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to benefits, there is room for improvement — only one in three grads are paid for vacation and just one in three grads for sick time. Most survey participants save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Health benefits extend to a large number of alumni, and a strong majority of grads also receive dental coverage. Virginia Commonwealth University grads also enjoy benefits like life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Median pay for University of Tennessee grads is $58K, making their salaries most similar to those of VCU grads. The University of Virginia-Main Campus, the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and the University of Maryland-College Park are also similar to VCU.

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Key Stats for Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %
Salary
$32,111 - $65,837
Salary
$31,562 - $103,682
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 5 votes.

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