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Average Salary for Georgia Institute of Technology Alumni

Around 15,000 people attend Georgia Institute of Technology, a public research institution based in Atlanta, Ga. Though sports play a large role on campus, Georgia Institute of Technology students are known to enjoy crunching numbers as well. Many major in math (it is one of the most prevalent degrees among alumni), and students place well on standardized tests. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

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Georgia Institute of Technology Details


225 North Ave
Atlanta, GA 30332-0530

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State Schools, Engineering, Research Universities, For Sports Fans

Graduation Rate:

79 %


71 %

% Stay In State:

62 %

% Receiving Pell Grants:

20 %
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Graduates of Georgia Tech work in a variety of industries including the software development industry, the consulting industry, and the engineering services industry. The most popular field is the aerospace and defense industry. It is quite common for Georgia Tech grads — a demographic that scores high on the SATs — to earn top-notch salaries in the workforce. The average starting salary for a graduate of Georgia Tech is $78K.


Graduates skew strongly male, with a male-to-female ratio of more than 3 to 1.


Former Georgia Tech students with an interest in making money consider becoming Senior Software Engineers, the highest-paying gig (earnings amount to around $116K) among this alumni group. Other well-paid jobs include Software Engineers ($79K) and Aerospace Engineers ($76K). Salaries are anything but generous for Mechanical Engineers, where earnings rank lowest on the pay scale at about $66K.


Atlanta is such a great city that Georgia Tech alumni tend to stick around after wrapping up their studies, with over a third of grads staying on to find permanent work. Georgia Tech alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in Seattle, which offers median salaries of $100K. Though Alpharetta takes the cake for lowest pay among Georgia Tech grads (the median salary is approximately $67K there), it remains a common destination for former students. Houston and New York are also desirable cities.


Georgia Tech grads can make the most money at Yahoo! Inc.; average pay at this company is $113K. The URS Corporation Inc. hands out the smallest paychecks, where median earnings come out to $45K.

Degree Major

A Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering (EE) leads to the highest pay for Georgia Tech grads (about $101K per year). A Master of Architecture (MArch) offers the lowest annual financial reward (approximately $56K).


Competency in C++ translates into above-average pay for former Yellow Jackets — they earn 8 percent more than their fellow graduates. Nearly one in five Georgia Tech grads wind up using Project Management at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. Other top skills include Engineering Design, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to benefits, there is room for improvement — only two-fifths of alumni are paid for vacation and just one-fourth of alumni for sick time. To plan for old age, the vast majority of survey participants maintain savings accounts through a company's 401(k) plan. Health benefits extend to nearly all former students, and a solid majority of alums also receive dental coverage. Other benefits awarded to Georgia Institute of Technology alumni include life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University grads bring in salaries of around $71K, making them the most similar to Georgia Tech alumni in terms of earnings. Other schools similar to Georgia Tech include Georgia State University, the University of Georgia, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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SAT Scores 1860 2150
ACT Scores 28 32

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