Average Salary for Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) Alumni

Nestled away in Chicago, Ill., the student population at Illinois Institute of Technology, a private research school, is roughly 3,000. The private university has a reputation for being engineering-minded. The data for this synopsis comes from former IIT students who took the PayScale salary survey.

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Typical Early Career Salary

Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
Software Engineer
21 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
16 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
14 salaries
Intern Architect
13 salaries
Design Architect
12 salaries
Project Engineer
11 salaries
Electrical Engineer
8 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 442
United States (change)

About This School

3300 S Federal St
Chicago, IL 60616

Illinois Institute of Technology



Private School, Research University, Engineering

63 %

69 %

74 %

34 %

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Former IIT students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including the construction industry, the engineering services industry, and the architectural and engineering services industry. The architectural services industry registers as the most common industry among alumni. True to type, IIT alumni go from receiving above-average SAT scores to landing well-paid positions in the workforce. Typical pay for those who graduated from IIT amounts to $77K.


With a 3 to 1 male-to-female ratio, men represent the better half of this school's graduates.


The most lucrative professionals among IIT alumni are Senior Software Engineers; they earn a median annual salary of approximately $97K. Also approaching the top of the pay scale at $74K and $73K are Software Engineers and Mechanical Engineers. Intern Architects get the short end of the stick when it comes to salary, where grads report making an average of around $40K in this job.


Chicago is such a great city that IIT alumni tend to stick around after wrapping up their studies, with approximately half of grads staying on to find permanent work. In addition, former IIT students often head to Houston after graduating, where typical salaries come to $111K in this top-paying city. On the flipside, the lowest-paying city popular among IIT grads is Atlanta (median compensation is about $53K). San Francisco and New York are also desirable cities.


IIT grads can make the most money at Motorola, Inc.; average pay at this company is approximately $78K. Bringing in the least amount of money are Continental Automotive Systems Inc employees; they earn an average of $66K.

Degree Major

Among the highest-paid IIT alumni are those with a Juris Doctor (JD), Master of Jurisprudence, or Master of Law (LLM) — they earn close to $144K per year. A Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) commands less pay, and these degree-holders face salaries of about $46K.


Many former IIT students are familiar with Project Management, and approximately one-fifth of grads move on to positions where this experience is utilized. Illinois Institute of Technology grads with SQL experience garner salaries that are 14 percent more than other grads' salaries. Engineering Design, AutoCAD, and Microsoft Office are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to benefits, there is room for improvement — only one-third of alumni are paid for vacation and just one-fifth of alumni for sick time. A solid majority of graduates allocate some part of their earnings to a company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. A strong majority of respondents enjoy benefits like health insurance, while a fair portion of graduates receive dental plans, too. Illinois Institute of Technology alumni are also on the receiving end of life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Compensation averages $78K for Polytechnic Institute of New York University alumni, making their earnings most comparable to IIT grads. Other schools similar to IIT include the University of Dayton, Duquesne University, and Drexel University.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1680 2020
ACT Scores 25 30

Key Stats for Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT)


20 %
80 %
$41,259 - $82,547
$50,698 - $102,255
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 149 votes.
$72,908 - $82,380
$42,502 - $92,570
$49,460 - $127,451
$49,022 - $142,482
$48,656 - $122,280
$55,000 - $112,500

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