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Average Salary for Rice University Alumni

Rice University, a private research school in Houston, Texas, has roughly 4,000 undergrads. Most often cast as a die-hard sports school first, Rice University students study hard as they cheer on the Owls. English is one of the most popular majors at Rice University, and the student ranks boast SAT and ACT test scores well above average. This synopsis is derived from the responses of former Rice students who took PayScale's salary survey.

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Overall College ROI Rank

19
out of 1223
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ROI Rank for Private not-for-profit Universities

13
out of 402
 

Mid-Career Salary Rank for Research Universities

5
out of 267

Typical Early Career Salary

$60,000
Rice University Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Process Engineer
6 salaries
$75,150  
   
Mechanical Engineer
5 salaries
$67,705  
Software Engineer
5 salaries
$85,000  
Senior Software Engineer
5 salaries
$125,000  
Research & Development (R&D) Director
3 salaries
$81,389  
Attorney / Lawyer
3 salaries
$74,558  
Finance Manager
3 salaries
$103,000  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 24 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 200

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About This School

6100 S Main
Houston, TX 77005-1827

3,965

Private School, Research University, For Sports Fans

91 %

43 %

66 %

19 %


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Industry

Graduates of Rice go into the oil and gas field services industry, the software development industry, and the architectural services industry, not to mention a variety of other lines of work. The majority of Rice alumni wind up in the oil and gas exploration industry. Reminiscent of their reportedly high performance on the SAT, Rice alumni often collect high salaries as well. Those with an education from Rice earn an average of $79K.

Gender

In the Rice alumni community, men make a median salary of around $95K compared to their female counterparts, who earn $60K.

Jobs

Engineering Project Managers win the contest for best-paid Rice alumni, typically making $168K every year, though Senior Software Engineers (about $115K), and Software Engineers ($85K) are not far behind. High School Teachers pick up approximately $47K in financial rewards, representing the lowest-paid position among alumni.

Locations

Upon earning their degree, many Rice grads prefer to remain in Houston; in fact, around half of grads enjoy the area so much that they find permanent jobs in the city. It is also not uncommon to find former Rice students living and working in Seattle — this top-paying city is a popular destination with a median salary of about $120K. For comparison, the lowest-paying city popular with Rice alumni is Dallas, which offers median salaries of $68K. Close-by Austin and New York are also desirable cities among Rice alumni.

Degree Major

A Master of Arts (MA), Geology earns Rice students the most money after college ($230K per year). Graduates holding a B.A. in Sports Management fare the worst in terms of compensation with yearly salaries of approximately $41K.

Skills

Java commands a pay premium of 28 percent for former Owls. Rice grads are usually competent in Project Management, and just under one in five alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Competency in Data Analysis, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design also warrants excellent retribution.

Benefits and Perks

Slightly more than half of the survey participants report receiving paid vacation days, but just one in three grads are paid for sick leave. Health benefits extend to almost all graduates, and most graduates also receive dental coverage. In an effort to save up for the years ahead, the vast majority of graduates contribute to a 401(k). Rice University graduates also take advantage of life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

University of Southern California graduates, who earn $80K on average, make a similar amount to Rice grads. 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

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %
Salary
$35,550 - $78,230
Salary
$48,685 - $127,392
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 68 votes.
$42,500 - $107,975
$42,894 - $115,507
$35,235 - $78,464
$76,245 - $155,906
$56,000 - $180,000
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