Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Alumni Average Salary

The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is a university based in Troy, N.Y. that is home to around 5,000 undergraduates. The survey respondent pool is largely skewed toward men with a male-to-female ratio of 6-to-1, and men also report larger salaries after graduation than women do. The data for this snapshot was collected from RPI graduates who took PayScale's salary survey.

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Mechanical Engineer
100 salaries
Software Engineer
58 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
33 salaries
Project Engineer
33 salaries
Senior Mechanical Engineer
26 salaries
Process Engineer
22 salaries
Structural Engineer
21 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 9 Feb 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,453

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About This School

110 8th St
Troy, NY 12180-3590


Private School, Research University, Engineering

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Graduates of RPI are found working in a number of different fields including the engineering services industry, the architectural services industry, and the financial services industry. The most popular career sector among alumni is the aerospace and defense industry. It is quite common for RPI grads — a demographic that scores high on the SATs — to earn top-notch salaries in the workforce. Graduates of RPI earn $78K on average.


Graduates who took the survey skew strongly male, with a male-to-female ratio of more than 3 to 1. In the RPI alumni community, men make a median salary of $78K compared to their female counterparts, who earn approximately $51K.


The most lucrative professionals among RPI alumni are Senior Software Engineers; they earn a median annual salary of around $101K. Also approaching the top of the pay scale at $94K and about $92K, respectively, are Senior Mechanical Engineers and Software Engineers. Sliding in near the bottom are Environmental Scientists, who report earnings of $57K.


Many RPI students are Albany, N.Y.-bound following college. With a median salary of $123K, San Diego, Calif. represents the highest-paid city popular among RPI grads. Home to the lowest median salary for RPI alumni is Rome, N.Y., a popular place for former students despite its approximately $44K average paycheck. Graduates of RPI also relocate to New York, N.Y., which is not far away, and Boston, Mass.

Degree Major

A Master of Science (MS), Electrical Engineering (EE) earns RPI students the most money after college (an average around $170K per year). A Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering offers the lowest median annual financial reward (about $44K).


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute grads with Project Management experience garner salaries that are 43 percent more than other grads' salaries. Roughly a fifth of grads report using Project Management as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Engineering Design command top-of-the-line rewards as well.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to paid time off, there is more lenience involving vacation than illness; nearly a half of former students get vacation time, whereas just two-fifths of alumni get paid sick leave. Nearly all graduates have medical plans, and a large number of grads have dental insurance. Almost all alums set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute grads are also lucky enough to receive life insurance, flexible hours, tuition reimbursement, and a casual working environment.

Related Schools

Compensation averages $79K for Brown University alumni, making their earnings most comparable to RPI grads. Other schools similar to RPI include Brandeis University, Tufts University, and Harvard University.

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