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. 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. The data in this summary come from VCU alumni who took the PayScale salary survey.

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XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location.
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Software Developer
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Mechanical Engineer
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Business Development Manager
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 27 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 511
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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 financial services industry, and clinical care, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. Among VCU grads, the health care industry is a commonly chosen career field. Those with an education from VCU earn an average of about $54K.


In a competition to see who makes the most bank after graduating, those who become Software Developers and Senior Accountants would definitely win; on average, these alumni haul in approximately $75K every year. Close behind are Mechanical Engineers ($57K). Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Business Development Managers who make an average of $32K.


VCU alumni like Richmond so much that they tend to stick around after graduation, with about two in five grads staying on to find permanent employment. VCU alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in New York, N.Y., which offers a median salary of around $77K. Norfolk, Va. is a popular spot for former VCU students at the opposite end of the pay scale; in fact, average salaries there are the lowest at $47K. In addition, grads flock to Washington, DC as well as Virginia Beach, Va.

Degree Major

A medical degree will compensate VCU grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in $167K on average per year. Average annual salaries for those with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice are the lowest of the pack, earning about $43K.


Competency in Project Management translates into above-average pay for former Rams — they earn 34 percent more than their fellow graduates. VCU grads are usually competent in Project Management, and about one in eight alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Customer Service are among other dominant skills.

Benefits and Perks

A lucky minority (about one in three grads) are fortunate enough to be compensated for vacation while just one in four survey participants get sick time. A large number of former students enjoy benefits like health insurance, while a fair number of grads receive dental plans, too. Most grads save for retirement through 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. 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)


56 %
44 %
$33,523 - $77,741
$39,500 - $91,600
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 126 votes.
$35,125 - $75,529
$40,000 - $101,736
$24,667 - $75,000
$48,696 - $85,750

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