Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Alumni Average Salary

Around 23,000 people attend Virginia Commonwealth University, a institution based in Richmond, Va. Sports have an undeniably strong influence on campus life (Go Rams!), and students exploit the school's urban location by exploring the rich resources of their city. The figures in this rundown were provided by VCU alumni who took the PayScale salary questionnaire.

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Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data 
Mechanical Engineer
6 salaries
Graphic Designer
4 salaries
Software Developer
4 salaries
Business Development Manager
4 salaries
Marketing Manager
4 salaries
Information Technology (IT) Manager
3 salaries
.NET Software Developer / Programmer
3 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 7 Oct 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 426
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About This School

910 W Franklin St
Richmond, VA 23284-2512

Virginia Commonwealth University


State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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Graduates of VCU are found working in a number of different fields including the financial services industry, the education industry, and clinical care. The health care industry registers as the most common industry among alumni. Those with a degree from VCU make an average of $55K.


The VCU alumni who make the most are Software Developers; they report a median pay of around $84K. Senior Accountants and Art Directors draw in a fair amount as well — $75K and about $67K, respectively. Salaries are anything but generous for Graphic Designers, whose earnings rank lowest on the pay scale at approximately $42K.


VCU alumni seem to appreciate living in Richmond, and close to two-fifths of grads actually choose to stay and find employment here after completing their coursework. The top-paying city popular with VCU alumni is New York, N.Y., which offers a median salary of $77K. On the other hand, VCU alumni who end up in Norfolk, Va. receive the lowest median salary of $47K. Washington, DC and Virginia Beach, Va. are popular choices as well.

Degree Major

Among the highest-paid VCU alumni are those with a medical degree — they earn close to $168K on average per year. Graduates holding a B.A. in Political Science (PolySci) fare the worst in terms of compensation with an average yearly salary of approximately $38K.


Former Rams with Financial Analysis abilities can expect to make 33 percent more than their former classmates ($73K). Many former VCU students are familiar with Project Management, and about an eighth of grads move on to positions where this experience is utilized. Other prime know-hows include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Customer Service.

Benefits and Perks

Though vacation and sick days are paid for some, these benefits are reported by the minority of graduates (one-third of alumni and one-fourth of alumni, respectively). A large number of alums receive health insurance, and a strong majority of respondents get dental coverage. A large number of former students take advantage of a 401(k) plan. Other benefits awarded to Virginia Commonwealth University alumni include life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Alumni of University of Kentucky pick up average paychecks of $62K, which is closest to the amount made by VCU grads among similar schools. Other schools similar to VCU include the University of Virginia-Main Campus, the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and the University of Maryland-College Park.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1490 1800
ACT Scores 21 26

Key Stats for Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)


55 %
45 %
$34,013 - $77,943
$39,868 - $92,807
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 106 votes.
$35,452 - $76,293
$40,000 - $101,736
$24,667 - $75,000
$48,696 - $85,750

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