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 6-to-1. After graduation, women earn less than men do, a finding consistent with alumni reports. The figures in this overview come from the responses of RPI grads who took the PayScale salary survey.

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College ROI Report

31st

20 Year Net ROI 

$676,000

Annual ROI 

6.7%

Total 4 Year Cost 

$252,000

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College Salary Report

30th

Early Career Salary 

$66,400

Mid-Career Salary 

$117,000

% High Meaning 

50 %

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) School Alumni

Median Salary by Job

Job
National Salary Data 
$0$60K$120K$180K
Mechanical Engineer$70,986  
   
Environmental Engineer$60,500  
Senior Mechanical Engineer$108,562  
Technical Project Manager$167,048  
Senior Software Engineer$101,000  
Structural Engineer$60,000  
Software Engineer$99,990  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 22 Jul 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 83

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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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74 %

32 %

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Industry

Former RPI students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including the engineering services industry, the aerospace and defense industry, and the civil engineering services industry. The most popular field is the architectural services industry. In line with impressive SAT scores and graduation rates, RPI grads also report top-earning positions in the workforce. Former RPI graduates bring in $78K on average.

Gender

Men make up the majority of graduates who answered the questionnaire for a male-to-female ratio of more than 3 to 1. It's worth noting that female graduates earn a median salary of approximately $51K whereas the men's median is $78K.

Jobs

RPI grads who become Technical Project Managers are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, making an average about $167K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Senior Mechanical Engineers and Senior Software Engineers; their salaries approach $109K and $101K, respectively. Structural Engineers pick up around $60K in financial rewards, representing the lowest-paid position among alumni.

Locations

Home to a large number of RPI alums, Albany, N.Y. is by far the most attractive city for these former students. In addition, former RPI students often head to Hartford, Conn. after graduating, where the median salary comes to $119K in this top-paying city. Rome, N.Y. is a popular spot for former RPI students at the opposite end of the pay scale; in fact, average salaries there are the lowest at $44K. Other common destinations include Boston, Mass. and New York, N.Y.

Degree Major

RPI students with a Master of Science (MS), Electrical Engineering (EE) can expect to make the most money (around $170K on average per year) compared to their fellow graduates. The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering (approximately $44K on average annually).

Skills

Many RPI grads have knowledge of Project Management, with just under a fifth of alumni using this program on the clock. Knowledge of Project Management seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 60 percent more than their former classmates' salaries (about $125K). Experience with Microsoft Office, Autodesk AutoCAD, and Microsoft Excel is highly valued as well.

Benefits and Perks

Benefits include paid time off, but vacation days are more heavily handed out than sick days; half of the alumni report receiving the former, but only one in three grads report receiving the latter. Almost all alumni save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Health insurance benefits extend to the vast majority of graduates, and a large number of survey participants sign up for dental plans. Additional benefits handed to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute alumni include life insurance, flexible hours, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Brown University grads report the most similar salaries to RPI alums, earning $78K on average. 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
14 %
Male
86 %
Salary
$37,506 - $85,000
Salary
$49,875 - $111,914

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
18%
$48,331 - $117,916
$55,000 - $90,000
$69,634 - $152,308
$43,909

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