Average Salary for Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Alumni

Virginia Commonwealth University, a public research school in Richmond, Va., has roughly 24,000 undergrads. Figures cited in this summary are based on graduates' replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Software Developer
7 salaries
Graphic Designer
7 salaries
Senior Accountant
6 salaries
Operations Manager
5 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
5 salaries
Executive Director
5 salaries
Marketing Manager
5 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 17 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 639

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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 the education industry, clinical care, and the financial services industry. The most highly represented industry among alumni is the health care industry. Graduates of VCU typically earn about $54K.


After college, a notable gender gap appears: the average female graduate makes $52K where the average male graduate hauls home $63K.


In the VCU alumni professional community, Software Developers and Operations Managers make the highest median pay (approximately $75K). Close runners up are Senior Accountants (around $71K). Salaries are anything but generous for Graphic Designers, where earnings rank lowest on the pay scale at $43K.


When it comes to compensation, Richmond brings up the rear (median pay is $54K); however, more than two-fifths of VCU alumni still choose not to leave this city. By comparison, the top-paying city popular with VCU alumni is Atlanta, which offers median salaries of $78K. Alumni express interest in New York and Virginia Beach as well.


Former VCU students head to Capital One Financial Corp for above-average paychecks of $93K. Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is one of the most popular places of employment for students even though salaries sit at the lower end of the pay scale (typical pay is about $44K).

Degree Major

VCU grads who hold a medical degree can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning approximately $147K per year. Annual salaries for those with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Interior Design are the lowest of the pack, earning $40K.


Former Rams with Project Management experience garner salaries that are 29 percent more than other grads' salaries. Close to a tenth of grads report using Project Management as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Customer Service are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Though vacation and sick days are paid for some, these benefits are reported by the minority of graduates (two-fifths of alumni and one in three grads, respectively). The greater part of respondents enjoy benefits like health insurance, while a fair portion of alums receive dental plans, too. A strong majority of alumni set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). Additional benefits handed to Virginia Commonwealth University alumni include life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

University of Kentucky grads report the most similar salaries to VCU alums, earning $58K on average. The University of Virginia-Main Campus, 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 %
$33,785 - $75,217
$37,901 - $90,385
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 291 votes.
$34,493 - $79,916
$30,913 - $93,109
$27,167 - $71,216
$38,974 - $79,863

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