Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Alumni Average Salary

Virginia Commonwealth University is a university based in Richmond, Va. that is home to around 23,000 undergraduates. Students here support their sports teams in droves (Go Rams!), and the urban campus allows them to explore the city's many neighborhoods and cultural events. This report is based on the answers of VCU graduates who responded to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Median Salary by Job


Graphic Designer
22 profiles

Software Engineer
20 profiles

Project Manager, (Unspecified Type / General)
18 profiles

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Mechanical Engineer
16 profiles

Interior Designer
15 profiles

Marketing Manager
15 profiles

Creative Director
15 profiles

  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,579
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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 consulting industry, and the banking industry. IT services registers as the most common industry among alumni. VCU graduates see an average starting salary of $50K.


After graduation, women go on to earn an average of $48K per year compared to men, who earn $70K.


VCU grads who become Presidents are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, making an average about $150K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Mechanical Engineers and Environmental Consultants; their salaries approach approximately $60K and $46K, respectively. Client Services Specialists get the short end of the stick when it comes to salary; grads report making an average of around $37K in this job.


VCU alumni like Richmond so much that they tend to stick around after graduation, with more than two-fifths of grads staying on to find permanent employment. Another city that attracts a wealth of VCU grads is Minneapolis, Minn.; given its high compensation ($71K is the average salary), the city's popularity should come as no surprise. On the flipside, the lowest-paying city popular among VCU grads is Buffalo, N.Y. (median compensation is $46K). Nearby Midlothian, Va. and Washington, DC also rank high on the list of cities for VCU grads.

Degree Major

A medical degree leads to the highest pay for VCU grads (about $145K on average per year). Those holding a Bachelor of Science in Psychology are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in around $32K on average per year.


Former Rams who have experience with Data Analysis can expect to make 36 percent more than other alumni (approximately $69K on average). Project Management is a popular skill among VCU alumni, with just under a fifth of grads reporting using it on the job. Microsoft Office, Customer Service, and Microsoft Word are among other dominant skills.

Benefits and Perks

A lucky minority (about one in three grads) are fortunate enough to be compensated for vacation while just one-third of alumni get sick time. A fair number of respondents opt for a 401(k) to save for retirement. It is no small feat that a fair number of former students are given health coverage, and the larger part of former students accept dental insurance. Alumni of Virginia Commonwealth University also take in life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Alumni of University of Tennessee pick up average paychecks of $57K, which is closest to the amount made by VCU grads among similar schools. The University of Virginia-Main Campus, the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and the University of Maryland-College Park are also similar to VCU.

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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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46 %
$31,754 - $61,534
$31,028 - $94,615

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 4 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

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