Nestled away in Richmond, Va., Virginia Commonwealth University, a school, has a student population of roughly 27,000. Enthusiasm for athletics forms a core part of campus culture (Go Rams!), and students supplement the sports fun by taking full advantage of their school's urban environment. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.

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  • Updated: 15 Jun 2019
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About This School

910 W Franklin St
Richmond, VA 23284-2512

Virginia Commonwealth University


Research University, State School, For Sports Fans

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Former VCU students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including the education industry, the health care services industry, and clinical care. The most highly represented industry among alumni is the health care industry. Median pay for those who graduated from VCU amounts to approximately $57K.


The VCU alumni who make the most are Software Engineers; they report a median pay of about $82K. Project Managers and Mechanical Engineers draw in a fair amount as well — $66K and $64K, respectively. Relative to other positions, compensation dwindles for Graphic Designers; alumni in this role face average salaries of $45K.


Many VCU alumni seem to stick around Richmond after wrapping up their studies; about two-fifths of grads remain to find permanent work. VCU grads also flock to Mclean, Va., which is home to salaries significantly above average (median pay is $66K). Though Charlottesville, Va. takes the cake for lowest pay among VCU grads (the median salary is around $50K there), it remains a common destination for former students. Washington, DC and New York, N.Y. are popular choices as well.

Degree Major

Former Rams who fare the best in terms of salary hold a medical degree and earn a median salary of $157K per year. A Bachelor of Science in Psychology is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with a median annual pay of $41K.


Around one in eight grads report using Project Management as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. For former Rams, proficiency in Project Management warrants a paycheck that is 19 percent more than other alumni salaries. Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis are desirable skills 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). Benefits are rather generous for graduates of this school; most graduates are rewarded with health insurance and a strong majority of graduates report dental coverage, too. In an effort to save up for the years ahead, a large number of former students contribute to a 401(k). Other benefits that Virginia Commonwealth University alumni receive are a casual working environment, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Compensation averages $62K for University of Kentucky alumni, making their earnings most comparable to VCU grads. 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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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1470 1790
ACT Scores 21 27

Key Stats for Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)


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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1271 votes.
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