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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. Private education at this university is geared towards the engineering student. This synopsis is derived from the responses of former RPI students who took PayScale's salary survey.

Overall College ROI Rank

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ROI Rank for Private not-for-profit Universities

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Mid-Career Salary Rank for Engineering

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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
54 salaries
Senior Mechanical Engineer
28 salaries
Electrical Engineer
26 salaries
Software Engineer
25 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
17 salaries
Senior Electrical Engineer
12 salaries
Structural Engineer
12 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 9 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 934
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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Details

110 8th St
Troy, NY 12180-3590


Private Schools, Research Universities, Engineering

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RPI alumni find work in an assortment of industries including the software development industry, the engineering services industry, and the manufacturing industry. The most popular career sector among alumni is the aerospace and defense industry. RPI graduates often advance into high-paying positions, which is somewhat expected given their above-average SAT scores. The average starting salary for a graduate of RPI is $87K.


There's a noticeable difference between the genders; where the average man hauls in $90K after graduating from RPI, the average woman earns only approximately $71K. At this school, there are significantly more males than females — the male-to-female ratio is more than 3 to 1 — which leads to a higher number of male grads.


Senior Software Engineers win the contest for best-paid RPI alumni, typically making about $107K every year, though Software Engineers and Senior Mechanical Engineers are not far behind at $89K. On the lower end, Structural Engineers report making $60K.


New York is filled with RPI grads. It is no surprise that Hartford, which hands out the biggest paychecks (the average salary is around $104K), is another of the most popular spots for former RPI students. On the other hand, RPI alumni who end up in Albany receive the lowest median salaries of $66K. Boston and Schenectady also rank high on the list of cities.


RPI grads can make the most money at Inc; average pay at this company is approximately $115K. In contrast, General Dynamics Electric Boat ranks much lower on the pay scale; the median salary there is $67K.

Degree Major

RPI students with a Master of Science (MS), Engineering can expect to make the most money ($128K per year) compared to their fellow graduates. On the other end of the spectrum, those with a Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making about $51K per year.


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute grads who have experience with Java can expect to make 26 percent more than other alumni ($109K on average). Many RPI grads have knowledge of Project Management, with somewhere between a fifth and a fourth of alumni using this program on the clock. Other top skills include Engineering Design, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel.

Benefits and Perks

Only about two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and one-third of alumni receive sick leave. A strong majority of alums allocate some part of their earnings to a company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. It is no small feat that the greater part of graduates are given health coverage, and most graduates accept dental insurance. Additional benefits handed to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute alumni include life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

Compensation averages around $83K for Yale University alumni, making their earnings most comparable to RPI grads. Other schools similar to RPI include Brandeis University, Tufts University, and Harvard University.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1860 2150
ACT Scores 26 31

Key Stats

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$55,334 - $116,654
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 294 votes.
$51,697 - $144,122
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$72,000 - $106,900
$55,264 - $109,039
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