Rice University Alumni Average Salary

Nestled away in Houston, Texas, Rice University, a school, has a student population of roughly 4,000. Enthusiasm for sports runs deep here (Go Owls!), and the urban location affords rich cultural experiences for the students. Figures cited in this summary are based on graduates' replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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About This School

6100 S Main
Houston, TX 77005-1827


Private School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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Professionally, the oil and gas field services industry, the software development industry, and the software services industry are popular business areas among Rice alumni. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the oil and gas exploration industry. Pulling in paychecks on the larger end are Rice grads, which is not shocking considering the high SAT scores reported by this demographic. The average salary for a grad from Rice is $82K.


Male graduates of Rice out-earn their female counterparts significantly, earning an average of approximately $97K versus $63K for women.


The biggest paychecks among Rice alumni are earned by Subsea Engineers — these former students make a median salary of $155K per year. The next biggest paychecks go to Senior Software Engineers (around $145K) and Finance Managers (about $103K). Mechanical Engineers wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning $74K.


Rice alumni like Houston so much that they tend to stick around after graduation, with slightly more than half of grads staying on to find permanent employment. It is no surprise that San Francisco, Calif., which hands out the biggest paychecks (the average salary is $110K), is another of the most popular spots for former Rice students. On the other end, Rice grads flock to Dallas, Texas, which actually offers the weakest median salary of $76K. Neighboring Austin, Texas is another common pick among Rice grads, along with New York, N.Y.

Degree Major

A Master of Arts (MA), Geology will compensate Rice grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in around $230K on average per year. An Associate's Degree is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with a median annual pay of about $38K.


Many former Rice students are familiar with Project Management, and roughly a fifth of grads move on to positions where this experience is utilized. Former Owls who have experience with Customer Relationship Management (CRM) can expect to make 84 percent more than other alumni ($150K on average). Also considered top-notch skills are Microsoft Office, Engineering Design, and Data Analysis.

Benefits and Perks

Benefits include paid time off, but vacation days are more heavily handed out than sick days; a majority of alumni report receiving the former, but only one in three grads report receiving the latter. To plan for old age, most survey participants maintain savings accounts through a company's 401(k) plan. It is no small feat that a large number of graduates are given health coverage, and a fair number of grads accept dental insurance. Other benefits awarded to Rice University alumni include life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

University of Southern California graduates, who earn $82K on average, make a similar amount to Rice grads. Tulane University of Louisiana, Emory University, and Vanderbilt University are also similar to Rice.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 2040 2320
ACT Scores 31 34

Key Stats for Rice University


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$60,267 - $133,658
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.
$46,603 - $115,931
$50,738 - $131,240
$67,907 - $117,426

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