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