Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Alumni Average Salary

Around 23,000 people attend Virginia Commonwealth University, a institution based in Richmond, Va. Athletics are a huge part of life here (Go Rams!), and the school's urban location only adds to the fun, with a wealth of neighborhoods and cultural events to explore. Alumni responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.

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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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VCU alumni can most commonly be found in the education industry, the consulting industry, and the banking industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. The most highly represented industry among alumni is IT services. Those with a degree from VCU make an average of around $53K.


There is a sizable difference between men's post-college salaries and women's: the median for the former is $74K, but the median for the latter is only $48K.


VCU grads who become Presidents garner financial rewards beyond any other job type for this group — these alumni rake in an average about $150K annually. However, Mechanical Engineers and Environmental Consultants also rank as top-earners (bringing in $60K and approximately $46K, respectively). Collecting the smallest paychecks are Client Services Specialists — they bring in $37K.


Many VCU alumni seem to stick around Richmond after wrapping up their studies; more than two-fifths of grads remain to find permanent work. Another city that attracts a wealth of VCU grads is Washington, DC; given its high compensation ($97K is the average salary), the city's popularity should come as no surprise. On the other hand, VCU alumni who end up in Midlothian, Va. receive the lowest median salary of about $51K. Graduates also relocate to Pittsburgh, Pa. and Charlottesville, Va.

Degree Major

A medical degree leads to the highest pay for VCU grads (around $145K on average per year). A Bachelor of Science in Psychology is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with a median annual pay of $32K.


Former Rams who have experience with Microsoft Office can expect to make 38 percent more than other alumni ($73K on average). VCU grads are usually competent in Project Management, and roughly a sixth of alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Also considered top-notch skills are Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Word.

Benefits and Perks

Only about one in three grads enjoy paid vacation and one in four survey participants receive sick leave. A fair number of alums save for retirement through a 401(k) plan. A fair number of former students enjoy benefits like health insurance, while more than half of grads receive dental plans, too. Other benefits that Virginia Commonwealth University alumni receive are life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Compensation averages $56K for University of Tennessee alumni, making their earnings most comparable to 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.

Test Scores

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SAT Scores 1490 1800
ACT Scores 21 26

Key Stats for Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)


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$31,874 - $66,941
$31,455 - $102,072

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Rated 4 out of 5
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