CUA alumni find work in an assortment of industries including the education industry, the health care industry, and the health care services industry. The architectural services industry is the sector most highly represented among alumni. The average starting salary for a graduate of CUA is $67K.
Among CUA alumni, those working as Executive Directors report the highest median pay of around $97K, followed by Mechanical Engineers (approximately $78K), and Architects ($66K). Architectural Designers face rather mediocre compensation — average salaries are actually the lowest at $49K.
Many CUA students are Washington, DC-bound following college. CUA alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in Chicago, Ill., which offers a median salary of about $93K. The city with the lowest median paycheck frequented by CUA alumni is Philadelphia, Pa., where earnings average $59K. New York, N.Y. is also a top pick, as is Baltimore, Md.
Among the highest-paid CUA alumni are those with a Juris Doctor (JD), Master of Jurisprudence, or Master of Law (LLM) — they earn close to $136K on average per year. The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a Bachelor of Liberal Arts (BLA) ($38K on average annually).
Many CUA grads have knowledge of Project Management, with slightly less than a fifth of alumni using this program on the clock. Catholic University of America grads who have experience with Project Management can expect to make 17 percent more than other alumni (about $79K on average). Experience with Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Autodesk AutoCAD is highly valued as well.
Benefits and Perks
Though vacation and sick days are paid for some, these benefits are reported by the minority of graduates (one-third of alumni and one-fifth of alumni, respectively). A large number of grads set up a 401(k) to save for retirement. It is no small feat that a large number of survey participants are given health coverage, and a strong majority of former students accept dental insurance. Catholic University of America grads are also lucky enough to receive life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.
Alumni of Howard University pick up average paychecks of around $66K, which is closest to the amount made by CUA grads among similar schools. Other schools similar to CUA include Lehigh University, Teachers College at Columbia University, and Fordham University.