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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.