Average Salary for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Alumni

Around 5,000 people attend the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a institution based in Troy, N.Y. A considerably greater proportion of men make up the survey population with a male-to-female ratio of 4-to-1. Based on student and alumni reporting, men also tend to make more than their male counterparts after graduating. This overview is based on graduates' answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Overall College ROI Rank

27
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ROI Rank for Private not-for-profit Universities

15
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Mid-Career Salary Rank for Engineering

14
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Typical Early Career Salary

$62,300
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

Job
National Salary Data 
$0$50K$100K$150K
Mechanical Engineer
31 salaries
$72,493  
   
Software Engineer
17 salaries
$89,068  
Electrical Engineer
12 salaries
$73,986  
Senior Mechanical Engineer
8 salaries
$100,000  
Manufacturing Engineer
7 salaries
$65,277  
Structural Engineer
7 salaries
$62,769  
Project Engineer
6 salaries
$85,950  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Aug 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 500
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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

RPI alumni belong to a wide range of sectors. A few fields in which grads tend to find work include the engineering services industry, the software development industry, and the consulting industry. Among RPI grads, the aerospace and defense industry is a commonly chosen career field. Reminiscent of their reportedly high performance on the SAT and above-average graduation rates, RPI alumni often collect high salaries as well. Median pay for those who graduated from RPI amounts to around $88K.

Gender

Male graduates on average earn more than female graduates; the first group banks $92K per year, but the second group takes home only $68K. The number of male graduates who responded to the survey outweighs the number of women with a male-to-female ratio of more than 3 to 1.

Jobs

Among RPI graduates, the biggest earners are Senior Software Engineers, who haul in approximately $117K on average. Next on the list are Software Engineers and Senior Mechanical Engineers, bringing in about $88K and $79K, respectively. Collecting the smallest paychecks are Structural Engineers — they bring in $63K.

Locations

Home to a large number of RPI alums, New York, 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 about $111K in this top-paying city. On the other hand, RPI alumni who end up in Schenectady, N.Y. receive the lowest median salary of $66K. Graduates of RPI also relocate to Albany, N.Y., which is not far away, and Boston, Mass.

Degree Major

With a median annual earnings of $136K per year, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute grads who have a Master of Science (MS), Engineering are the best paid among the alumni population. The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) (around $48K on average annually).

Skills

Project Management is a common skill among RPI alumni — just over a fifth of grads mention using it at work. For Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute grads, proficiency in Budget Management warrants a paycheck that is 29 percent more than other alumni salaries. In addition, those who are savvy in Engineering Design, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel are also considered highly skilled.

Benefits and Perks

Though vacation and sick days are paid for some, these benefits are reported by the minority of graduates (two-fifths of alumni and one in three grads, respectively). Almost all alums participate in a 401(k) program. Health coverage is awarded to nearly all respondents, and dental insurance is issued to most respondents as well. Additional perks enjoyed by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute grads include a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

Yale University graduates, who earn $86K on average, make a similar amount 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
$41,138 - $90,354
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$55,387 - $116,183

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 108 votes.
$56,760 - $108,634
$45,437 - $87,967
$59,577 - $150,432
$66,202 - $128,482
$52,280 - $85,805

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