Career Outlook

The DC metro area offers by far the highest concentration of economist jobs in the US, 19 times the national average, as well as median salary 15% above average, $132,000. Median starting salary for new bachelor's of economics graduates in DC is $57,000 according to PayScale. The job outlook for economists remains strong according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, projecting 8% national growth for 2018-2028 (versus 5% for all US occupations).

Top employers for graduates from AU's Department of Economics

  • Cambridge Associates
  • Deloitte
  • FHI 360
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • The World Bank Group
  • US Department of Commerce


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