Average Salary for Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Alumni

Virginia Commonwealth University is a university based in Richmond, Va. that is home to around 23,000 undergraduates. Much of campus life revolves around sports (Go Rams!), and the urban location lets student freely explore the diverse, interesting city at their fingertips. This summary is derived from information given by VCU grads who completed the PayScale salary survey.

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Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
Software Developer
7 salaries
Graphic Designer
6 salaries
Senior Accountant
6 salaries
Operations Manager
5 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
5 salaries
Marketing Manager
5 salaries
Business Development Manager
5 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 579

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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 find work in an assortment of industries including clinical care, the education industry, and the financial services industry. The health care industry registers as the most common industry among alumni. Median pay for those who graduated from VCU amounts to $55K.


Software Developers win the contest for best-paid VCU alumni, making $74K on average every year, though Senior Accountants (about $73K), and Mechanical Engineers ($57K) are not far behind. Sliding in near the bottom are Business Development Managers, who report earnings of approximately $32K.


Graduates of VCU seem to enjoy living in Richmond, and roughly two-fifths of grads wind up living and working there after graduation. VCU alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in New York, N.Y., which offers a median salary of $77K. On the other hand, VCU alumni who end up in Arlington, Va. receive the lowest median salary of around $51K. Other cities of interest include Washington, DC and Virginia Beach, Va.

Degree Major

A medical degree leads to the highest pay for VCU grads (about $157K on average per year). Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a Bachelor of Science in Marketing (MKTG) — their annual income amounts to $39K on average.


Close to a tenth of grads report using Project Management as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Former Rams with Project Management experience garner salaries that are 33 percent more than other grads' salaries. Other prime know-hows include Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Customer Service.

Benefits and Perks

Only one in three grads for this school enjoy paid vacation days and about one in four survey participants get paid sick time. Most survey participants enjoy benefits like health insurance, while a fair number of alumni receive dental plans, too. In an effort to save up for the years ahead, a large number of grads contribute to a 401(k). Virginia Commonwealth University grads are also lucky enough to receive 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. 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

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

Key Stats for Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)


55 %
45 %
$33,582 - $76,983
$39,635 - $88,485
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 162 votes.
$34,574 - $72,808
$44,308 - $93,366
$68,893 - $204,142
$34,994 - $75,869
$40,268 - $107,107
$24,852 - $73,698
$45,302 - $79,863

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