Average Salary for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Alumni

Around 5,000 people attend the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a institution based in Troy, N.Y. The survey pool is heavily weighted toward men, with a male-to-female ratio of 4-to-1. After graduation, women earn less than men do, a finding consistent with alumni reports. The data for this synopsis comes from former RPI students who took the PayScale salary survey.

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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
39 salaries
Software Engineer
20 salaries
Electrical Engineer
17 salaries
Senior Mechanical Engineer
16 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
9 salaries
Senior Electrical Engineer
8 salaries
Principal Software Engineer
7 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 619

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About This School

110 8th St
Troy, NY 12180-3590


Private School, Research University, Engineering

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RPI alumni can most commonly be found in the engineering services industry, the software development industry, and the consulting industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the aerospace and defense industry. True to type, RPI alumni go from receiving above-average SAT scores to landing well-paid positions in the workforce. Those with a degree from RPI make an average of around $88K.


Male graduates on average earn more than female graduates; the first group banks approximately $92K per year, but the second group takes home only $69K. Graduates who took the survey skew strongly male, with a male-to-female ratio of more than 3 to 1.


Senior Software Engineers win the contest for best-paid RPI alumni, making about $117K on average every year, though Senior Electrical Engineers ($107K), and Software Engineers ($88K) are not far behind. Sliding in near the bottom are Manufacturing Engineers, who report earnings of $64K.


A large number of students head to New York, N.Y. after college. Hartford, Conn. is another hot spot for RPI grads, where salaries rank at the top of the pay scale (compensation averages out to $109K). For comparison, the lowest-paying city popular with RPI alumni is Albany, N.Y., which offers a median salary of $64K. Other common destinations include Boston, Mass. and Schenectady, N.Y.

Degree Major

A graduate with a Master of Science (MS), Engineering from RPI can rake in a whopping average approximately $119K per year, more than any other degree from this school. Average annual salaries for those with a Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) are the lowest of the pack, earning $51K.


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute grads who have experience with Java can expect to make 14 percent more than other alumni (about $100K on average). RPI grads are usually competent in Project Management, and just under a fourth of alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Also considered top-notch skills are Engineering Design, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel.

Benefits and Perks

Just two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and merely one in four survey participants get paid sick time. Nearly all grads save for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Almost all survey participants have medical plans, and a large number of graduates have dental insurance. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute alumni are rewarded with additional benefits, such as life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

Yale University grads report the most similar salaries to RPI alums, earning $86K on average. Brandeis University, Tufts University, and Harvard University are also similar to RPI.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
1290 1488
ACT Scores 27 31

Key Stats for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)


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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5
based on 151 votes.
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