RPI alumni can most commonly be found in the architectural services industry, the civil engineering services industry, and the aerospace and defense industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the engineering services industry. Students of RPI go on to make comfortable salaries after graduation, a trend consistent with the high graduation rates and above-average SAT scores reported by this group. Graduates of RPI earn $79K on average.
Graduates who took the survey skew strongly male, with a male-to-female ratio of more than 3 to 1. After graduation, women go on to earn an average of about $51K per year compared to men, who earn around $78K.
The biggest paychecks among RPI alumni are earned by Technical Project Managers — these former students make a median salary of $167K per year. The next biggest paychecks go to Senior Software Engineers ($101K) and Software Engineers ($100K). Sliding in near the bottom are Structural Engineers, who report earnings of approximately $60K.
Home to a large number of RPI alums, New York, N.Y. is by far the most attractive city for these former students. Another city that attracts a wealth of RPI grads is San Diego, Calif.; given its high compensation (about $123K is the average salary), the city's popularity should come as no surprise. Though Los Angeles, Calif. takes the cake for lowest pay among RPI grads (the median salary is $61K there), it remains a common destination for former students. Boston, Mass. and Albany, N.Y. also rank high on the list of cities.
A Master of Science (MS), Electrical Engineering (EE) leads to the highest pay for RPI grads ($170K on average per year). Those holding a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in $44K on average per year.
RPI alumni are often well versed in Project Management, with nearly one in five grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. For Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute grads, proficiency in Project Management warrants a paycheck that is 46 percent more than other alumni salaries. Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Autodesk AutoCAD are among other dominant skills.
Benefits and Perks
When it comes to paid time off, there is more lenience involving vacation than illness; roughly half of the survey participants get vacation time, whereas just two-fifths of alumni get paid sick leave. Benefits are rather generous for graduates of this school; almost all grads are rewarded with health insurance and most former students report dental coverage, too. To plan for old age, nearly all grads maintain savings accounts through a company's 401(k) plan. Additional perks enjoyed by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute grads include life insurance, flexible hours, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.
Brown University grads bring in salaries of around approximately $80K, making them the most similar to RPI alumni in terms of earnings. Other schools similar to RPI include Brandeis University, Tufts University, and Harvard University.