Professionally, the consulting industry, IT services, and the international affairs industry are popular business areas among American alumni. Among American grads, the education industry is a commonly chosen career field. Former American graduates bring in $61K on average.
There's a noticeable difference between the genders; where the average man hauls in about $71K after graduating from American, the average woman earns only $59K.
American grads who become Marketing Managers are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, making an average around $67K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Financial Analysts and Account Managers; their salaries approach $61K and approximately $54K, respectively. Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinators wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning $43K.
A large number of students head to New York, N.Y. after college. American alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in Boston, Mass., which offers a median salary of about $79K. Washington, DC is a popular spot for former American students at the opposite end of the pay scale; in fact, average salaries there are the lowest at around $59K. Other popular cities include San Francisco, Calif. and Arlington, Va.
A Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) will compensate American grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in $101K on average per year. A B.A. in International Studies is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with a median annual pay of approximately $43K.
Financial Analysis commands a pay premium of 21 percent for former Eagles. Project Management is a popular skill among American alumni, with roughly one in six grads reporting using it on the job. Data Analysis, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office are desirable skills as well.
Benefits and Perks
Just one-third of alumni enjoy paid vacation and merely one-fourth of alumni get paid sick time. It is no small feat that a large number of former students are given health coverage, and a strong majority of alumni accept dental insurance. Most respondents set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). Alumni of American University also take in a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.
Compensation averages $60K for Wilmington University alumni, making their earnings most comparable to American grads. Other schools similar to American include Marquette University, Georgetown University, and Howard University.