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Average Salary for Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Alumni

Virginia Commonwealth University, a public research school in Richmond, Va., has roughly 24,000 undergrads. The athletic culture permeates campus life (Go Rams!), and students take full advantage of the school's urban location by enjoying concerts, dinners, and festivals around town. The figures in this overview come from the responses of VCU grads who took the PayScale salary survey.

Overall College ROI Rank
691
out of 1312
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ROI Rank for Public (In-State) Universities
237
out of 420
Mid-Career Salary Rank for State School
200
out of 445
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Typical Early Career Salary
$42,900
Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Alumni
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Graphic Designer
12 salaries
$42,825  
   
Software Developer
9 salaries
$74,072  
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
9 salaries
$56,119  
Mechanical Engineer
8 salaries
$55,982  
Marketing Manager
7 salaries
$54,500  
Executive Director
7 salaries
$65,615  
Senior Accountant
7 salaries
$71,066  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 22 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 880
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Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Details

Address:

910 W Franklin St
Richmond, VA 23284-2512

Website:

Also Known As:

Virginia Commonwealth University

Admissions Website:

Students Enrolled:

23,661

Categories:

State Schools, Research Universities, For Sports Fans

Graduation Rate:

56 %

% STEM:

14 %

% Stay In State:

71 %

% Receiving Pell Grants:

29 %
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Industry

VCU alumni can most commonly be found in the education industry, clinical care, and the financial services industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. The health care industry is the sector most highly represented among alumni. Following graduation, VCU students earn an average of $54K.

Gender

It's worth noting that female graduates earn a median salary of $52K whereas the men's median is approximately $62K.

Jobs

VCU grads who become Software Developers are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, usually making around $74K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Senior Accountants and Executive Directors; their salaries approach about $71K and $66K, respectively. Collecting the smallest paychecks are Graphic Designers — they bring in $43K.

Locations

Though Richmond offers the least in terms of financial rewards (median pay is the lowest at around $54K), more than two-fifths of VCU students continue living here after college. On the opposite end of the pay scale is Atlanta, a top-paying city for VCU grads looking to earn a larger-than-average sum (this city has a median pay of $78K). New York is also a top pick, as is Virginia Beach.

Employers

VCU grads can make the most money at Capital One Financial Corp; average pay at this company is approximately $93K. Though compensation is lowest at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) — average pay amounts to $43K — this is where many students go on to find work.

Degree Major

VCU students with a medical degree can expect to make the most money ($144K per year) compared to their fellow graduates. The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Interior Design (about $40K annually).

Skills

Former Rams who have experience with Project Management can expect to make 29 percent more than other alumni ($70K on average). Project Management is a popular skill among VCU alumni, with one-tenth of grads reporting using it on the job. Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Customer Service command top-of-the-line rewards as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni earn paid vacation and just one in three grads get paid sick time. Health benefits extend to the greater part of alums, and most alumni also receive dental coverage. The greater part of alumni opt for a 401(k) to save for retirement. Graduates of Virginia Commonwealth University are also recipients of 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 about $61K 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.

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Test Scores
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SAT Scores 1490 1800
ACT Scores 21 26

Key Stats

Gender

Female

55 %

female alumni

Male

45 %

male alumni
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$33,594 - $75,446
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$38,039 - $89,517

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
11%

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Rated 4 out of 5
based on 314 votes.

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