Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Alumni Average Salary

Virginia Commonwealth University, a school in Richmond, Va., has roughly 23,000 undergrads. Students here support their sports teams in droves (Go Rams!), and the urban campus allows them to explore the city's many neighborhoods and cultural events. The figures in this rundown were provided by VCU alumni who took the PayScale salary questionnaire.

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Annual ROI 

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Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

Job
National Salary Data 
$0$30K$60K$90K
Graphic Designer
23 salaries
$42,086  
   
Mechanical Engineer
21 salaries
$67,556  
Operations Manager
18 salaries
$54,792  
Software Engineer
17 salaries
$84,000  
Marketing Manager
15 salaries
$63,077  
Creative Director
13 salaries
$87,352  
Interior Designer
13 salaries
$44,638  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 24 Apr 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,577

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About This School

910 W Franklin St
Richmond, VA 23284-2512

Virginia Commonwealth University

www.vcu.edu/admissions/

23,356

State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

57 %

14 %

70 %

29 %

Industry

Graduates of VCU are found working in a number of different fields including the education industry, the software development industry, and the consulting industry. A large chunk of former VCU students are employed in IT services; in fact, this is the most popular job sector for this population. Those with a degree from VCU make an average of $55K.

Gender

In the VCU alumni community, men make a median salary of about $73K compared to their female counterparts, who earn $48K.

Jobs

The most lucrative professionals among VCU alumni are Presidents; they earn a median annual salary of $150K. Also nearing the top of the pay scale at $60K are Mechanical Engineers. Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Environmental Consultants who make an average of around $46K.

Locations

VCU students enjoy their time in Richmond, and just over two-fifths of students actually choose to live and work there after graduating. With a median salary of approximately $97K, Washington, DC represents the highest-paid city popular among VCU grads. On the flipside, the lowest-paying city popular among VCU grads is Midlothian, Va. (median compensation is around $51K). Pittsburgh, Pa. is also a top pick, as is Charlottesville, Va.

Degree Major

VCU grads who hold a medical degree can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning an average about $145K per year. Those holding a Bachelor of Science in Psychology are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in $32K on average per year.

Skills

Project Management is a common skill among VCU alumni — just under one-fifth of grads mention using it at work. Former Rams with Microsoft Office abilities can expect to make 34 percent more than their former classmates ($73K). Competency in Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Customer Service also warrants excellent remuneration.

Benefits and Perks

Only about one-third of alumni enjoy paid vacation and one-third of alumni receive sick leave. A strong majority of respondents allocate some part of their earnings to a company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. Health coverage is awarded to a fair number of survey participants, and dental insurance is issued to more than half of respondents as well. Virginia Commonwealth University grads also enjoy benefits like life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

University of Tennessee grads bring in salaries of around $56K, making them the most similar to VCU alumni in terms of earnings. 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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Key Stats for Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %
Salary
$31,754 - $67,332
Salary
$31,562 - $101,488

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 4 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
13%

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