RPI alumni can most commonly be found in the aerospace and defense industry, the architectural services industry, and the civil engineering services industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. The majority of RPI alumni wind up in the engineering services industry. RPI alumni rake in larger-than-average salaries, and they also score high on the SATs. The average starting salary for a graduate of RPI is $79K.
A gender wage gap becomes apparent after college, with female graduates earning only $57K on average compared to $78K for male graduates. With a 3 to 1 male-to-female ratio, men represent the better half of this school's graduates who completed the questionnaire.
The most generous salaries among RPI alumni are reportedly earned by Technical Project Managers, whose median earnings come to approximately $167K, followed by Senior Software Engineers (around $101K) and Senior Mechanical Engineers ($94K). Environmental Scientists wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning about $57K.
A large number of students head to Albany, N.Y. after college. With a median salary of around $123K, San Diego, Calif. represents the highest-paid city popular among RPI grads. On the far end of the pay scale, RPI alumni often reside in Los Angeles, Calif., which is home to the lowest pay at $61K. Nearby New York, N.Y. is also a top pick for RPI grads, as is Boston, Mass.
A Master of Science (MS), Electrical Engineering (EE) earns RPI students the most money after college (an average $170K per year). Those with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering face salaries on the lower end, coming in at an average $44K per year.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute grads who have experience with Project Management can expect to make 42 percent more than other alumni (approximately $112K on average). RPI alumni are often well versed in Project Management, with approximately one in five grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. Other prime know-hows include Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Engineering Design.
Benefits and Perks
Slightly more than half of the survey participants are allowed to take paid time off for vacation, but only about two-fifths of alumni get paid sick leave. Nearly all alumni set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). Health coverage is awarded to nearly all respondents, and dental insurance is issued to a large number of alums as well. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute alumni are also on the receiving end of life insurance, flexible hours, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.
Brown University grads bring in salaries of around about $80K, making them the most similar to RPI alumni in terms of earnings. Brandeis University, Tufts University, and Harvard University are also similar to RPI.