Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Alumni Average Salary

Nestled away in Troy, N.Y., the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a school, has a student population of roughly 5,000. The survey pool is heavily weighted toward men, with a male-to-female ratio of 4-to-1. After graduation, women earn less than men do, a finding consistent with alumni reports. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.

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20 Year Net ROI 

$680,500

Annual ROI 

7.2%

Total 4 Year Cost 

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Early Career Salary 

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

Job
National Salary Data 
$0$50K$100K$150K
Mechanical Engineer
30 salaries
$71,937  
   
Software Engineer
19 salaries
$89,068  
Electrical Engineer
11 salaries
$75,000  
Senior Mechanical Engineer
9 salaries
$107,649  
Senior Software Engineer
7 salaries
$105,155  
Manufacturing Engineer
6 salaries
$66,388  
Project Manager, Information Technology (IT)
6 salaries
$121,798  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 30 Aug 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 486
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About This School

110 8th St
Troy, NY 12180-3590

5,452

Private School, Research University, Engineering

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Industry

The engineering services industry, the software development industry, and the consulting industry are just a few of the areas in which RPI grads find work. A large chunk of former RPI students are employed in the aerospace and defense industry; in fact, this is the most popular job sector for this population. On the other end of the spectrum is the education industry, which attracts less than five percent of RPI alumni. It is typical for RPI grads — a group that usually scores high on the SATs — to earn above-average incomes as well. Those with a degree from RPI make an average of about $88K.

Gender

Men make up the majority of graduates who answered the questionnaire for a male-to-female ratio of more than 3 to 1. After graduation, women go on to earn an average of $68K per year compared to men, who earn $92K.

Jobs

In the RPI alumni professional community, Senior Software Engineers make the highest median pay (approximately $113K), though Software Engineers (around $88K), and Senior Mechanical Engineers ($77K) are close competitors. On the lower end, Structural Engineers report making $63K.

Locations

Many RPI students are New York, N.Y.-bound following college. Another city that attracts a wealth of RPI grads is Hartford, Conn.; given its high compensation (about $111K is the average salary), the city's popularity should come as no surprise. On the other hand, RPI alumni who end up in Albany, N.Y. receive the lowest median salary of $60K. Boston, Mass. and Schenectady, N.Y. are also desirable cities.

Degree Major

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute grads who fare the best in terms of salary hold a Master of Science (MS), Engineering and earn a median salary of $136K per year. A Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with a median annual pay of around $48K.

Skills

Proficiency in Project Management is common among RPI alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, nearly one-fourth of former students report doing so. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute grads with Budget Management experience garner salaries that are 28 percent more than other grads' salaries. Competency in Engineering Design, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel also warrants excellent remuneration.

Benefits and Perks

Just two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and merely one in three grads get paid sick time. The vast majority of alums opt for a 401(k) to save for retirement. It is no small feat that almost all grads are given health coverage, and a large number of respondents accept dental insurance. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute alumni are also on the receiving end of a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

Compensation averages $87K for Yale University alumni, making their earnings most comparable to RPI grads. Brandeis University, Tufts University, and Harvard University are also similar to RPI.

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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)

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %
Salary
$41,077 - $90,544
Salary
$55,141 - $115,929
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
22%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 100 votes.
$58,273 - $108,100
$45,000 - $87,399
$59,577 - $150,432
$65,592 - $127,000
$52,280 - $85,805

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