Average Salary for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Alumni

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is a private research university based in Troy, N.Y. that is home to around 5,000 undergraduates. The private university has a reputation for being engineering-minded. This summary is derived from information given by RPI grads who completed the PayScale salary survey.

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Typical Early Career Salary

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. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
Mechanical Engineer
44 salaries
Software Engineer
21 salaries
Electrical Engineer
20 salaries
Senior Mechanical Engineer
19 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
11 salaries
Senior Electrical Engineer
11 salaries
Project Engineer
10 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 27 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 743
United States (change)

About This School

110 8th St
Troy, NY 12180-3590


Private School, Research University, Engineering

85 %

74 %

32 %

15 %

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Graduates of RPI go into the engineering services industry, the software development industry, and the consulting industry, not to mention a variety of other lines of work. The most popular professional field seems to be the aerospace and defense industry. Consistent with the high SAT scores and graduation rates reported by RPI alumni, former students go on to earn high salaries. Starting salaries of about $87K are common among RPI grads.


Men are more likely to graduate from this school than women, given the 3 to 1 male-to-female ratio. In the RPI alumni community, men make a median salary of $91K compared to their female counterparts, who earn $71K.


RPI grads who become Senior Electrical Engineers and Senior Software Engineers are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, usually making $107K yearly. Senior Mechanical Engineers are likewise ahead of the pack at around $91K a year. Salaries are anything but generous for Structural Engineers, where earnings rank lowest on the pay scale at $60K.


New York is a hot spot for RPI alum. In addition, former RPI students often head to Hartford after graduating, where typical salaries come to approximately $106K in this top-paying city. For comparison, the lowest-paying city popular with RPI alumni is Albany, which offers median salaries of $65K. Boston is also a top pick, as is Schenectady.


Rolling in at around $118K, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. offers the highest salaries to former students of RPI. Bringing in the least amount of money are General Dynamics Electric Boat employees; they earn an average of $67K.

Degree Major

RPI grads who hold a Master of Science (MS), Engineering can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning about $138K per year. On the other end of the spectrum, those with a Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making $51K per year.


Java commands a pay premium of 27 percent for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute grads. Just under one in four RPI grads wind up using Project Management at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. Also considered top-notch skills are Engineering Design, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel.

Benefits and Perks

Lacking in the benefits department, just two-fifths of alumni report compensation for sick days and only one-third of alumni get vacation time. Health benefits extend to a solid majority of alums, and most survey participants also receive dental coverage. To plan for old age, a solid majority of alumni maintain savings accounts through a company's 401(k) plan. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute alumni are rewarded with additional benefits, such as life insurance, a casual working environment, flexible hours, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, Harvard University grads (who make an average of approximately $88K) earn salaries most similar to RPI alumni. Other schools similar to RPI include Brandeis University, Tufts University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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)


20 %
80 %
$42,461 - $90,293
$55,380 - $116,998
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 273 votes.
$51,697 - $144,122
$62,156 - $113,619
$72,000 - $106,900
$70,000 - $121,500
$56,049 - $109,039
$44,698 - $89,446
$68,496 - $126,491
$59,825 - $129,031
$61,477 - $85,805

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