Average Salary for Rice University Alumni

Rice University is a university based in Houston, Texas that is home to around 4,000 undergraduates. Enthusiasm for sports runs deep here (Go Owls!), and the urban location affords rich cultural experiences for the students. The figures in this rundown were provided by Rice alumni who took the PayScale salary questionnaire.

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Median Salary by Job

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Process Engineer
6 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
5 salaries
Software Engineer
5 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
4 salaries
Software Developer
3 salaries
Finance Manager
3 salaries
Subsea Engineer
3 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 22 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 187

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About This School

6100 S Main
Houston, TX 77005-1827


Private School, Research University, For Sports Fans

91 %

43 %

66 %

19 %

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Graduates of Rice are found working in a number of different fields including the oil and gas field services industry, the software development industry, and the chemical manufacturing industry. Among Rice grads, the oil and gas exploration industry is a commonly chosen career field. Pulling in paychecks on the larger end are Rice grads, which is not shocking considering the high SAT scores reported by this demographic. Following graduation, Rice students earn an average of around $79K.


It's worth noting that female graduates earn a median salary of $61K whereas the men's median is about $96K.


Among Rice graduates, the biggest earners are Engineering Project Managers, who haul in $181K on average. Next on the list are Subsea Engineers and Senior Software Engineers, bringing in $155K and $125K, respectively. Mechanical Engineers wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning approximately $68K.


Rice alumni like Houston so much that they tend to stick around after graduation, with approximately 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 far end of the pay scale, Rice alumni often reside in Washington, DC, which is home to the lowest pay at $57K. Nearby Austin, Texas and Dallas, Texas also rank high on the list of cities for Rice grads.

Degree Major

A Master of Arts (MA), Geology will compensate Rice grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in approximately $230K on average per year. The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a B.A. in History ($36K on average annually).


Knowledge of Product Development seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 33 percent more than their former classmates' salaries (about $105K). Roughly a sixth of grads report using Project Management as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Data Analysis, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design are among other dominant skills.

Benefits and Perks

Slightly more than half of the alumni are allowed to take paid time off for vacation, but only about one in three grads get paid sick leave. Dental insurance applies to a fair number of survey participants, and the vast majority of former students report health coverage. The vast majority of respondents save for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Additional perks enjoyed by Rice University grads include life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Alumni of University of Southern California pick up average paychecks of $82K, which is closest to the amount made by Rice grads among similar schools. Tulane University of Louisiana, Emory University, and Vanderbilt University are also similar to Rice.

Test Scores

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

Key Stats for Rice University


43 %
58 %
$35,937 - $77,452
$48,487 - $133,640
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 40 votes.
$45,975 - $110,982
$45,570 - $129,000
$35,235 - $115,343
$74,905 - $141,250
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