Average Salary for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Alumni

Nestled away in Troy, N.Y., the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a school, has a student population of roughly 5,000. The survey respondent pool is largely skewed toward men with a male-to-female ratio of 4-to-1, and men also report larger salaries after graduation than women do. This summary is derived from information given by RPI grads who completed the PayScale salary survey.

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) 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.
Mechanical Engineer
34 salaries
Software Engineer
20 salaries
Senior Mechanical Engineer
16 salaries
Electrical Engineer
14 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
7 salaries
Structural Engineer
7 salaries
Manufacturing Engineer
7 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 554
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About This School

110 8th St
Troy, NY 12180-3590


Private School, Research University, Engineering

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Former RPI students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including the engineering services industry, the software development industry, and the consulting industry. The most popular field is the aerospace and defense industry. Pulling in paychecks on the larger end are RPI grads, which is not shocking considering the high SAT scores and solid graduation rate reported by this demographic. Following graduation, RPI students earn an average of around $89K.


The school's graduates who responded to the survey are largely male (the male-to-female ratio is 3 to 1). Male graduates of RPI out-earn their female counterparts significantly, earning an average of $93K versus about $68K for women.


The RPI alumni who make the most are Senior Software Engineers; they report a median pay of $113K. Software Engineers and Senior Mechanical Engineers draw in a fair amount as well — $88K and approximately $79K, respectively. Relative to other positions, compensation dwindles for Structural Engineers; alumni in this role face average salaries of $63K.


Many RPI students are New York, N.Y.-bound following college. It is also not uncommon to find former RPI students living and working in Hartford, Conn. — this top-paying city is a popular destination with a median salary of $111K. For comparison, the lowest-paying city popular with RPI alumni is Schenectady, N.Y., which offers a median salary of $67K. Other common destinations for RPI grads include close-by Albany, N.Y. and Boston, Mass.

Degree Major

RPI grads who hold a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Finance can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning an average $126K per year. The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) (about $51K on average annually).


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute grads with Budget Management abilities can expect to make 28 percent more than their former classmates ($113K). Project Management is a popular skill among RPI alumni, with roughly a fourth of workers reporting using it on the job. Demonstrated ability in Engineering Design, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel rank among leading skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni earn paid vacation and just one-third of alumni get paid sick time. Nearly all grads receive health insurance, and a large number of survey participants get dental coverage. Nearly all alumni allocate some part of their earnings to a company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute graduates also take advantage of life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

Yale University grads bring in salaries of around approximately $86K, making them the most similar to RPI alumni in terms of earnings. Other schools similar to RPI include Brandeis University, Tufts University, and Harvard University.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
1290 1488
ACT Scores 27 31

Key Stats for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)


19 %
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$41,556 - $89,783
$55,400 - $116,130
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5
based on 116 votes.
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