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.
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.
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.