Average Salary for Rice University Alumni

Nestled away in Houston, Texas, Rice University, a school, has a student population of roughly 4,000. Though student life tends to revolve around sports, Rice University is also home to some of the brightest undergraduates in the country, and academics are highly valued. Alumni responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.

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Software Engineer
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Process Engineer
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Mechanical Engineer
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Subsea Engineer
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Finance Manager
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 149
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6100 S Main
Houston, TX 77005-1827


Private School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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Former Rice students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including the oil and gas field services industry, the chemical manufacturing industry, and the software development industry. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the oil and gas exploration industry. Rice graduates often advance into high-paying positions, which is somewhat expected given their above-average SAT scores and graduation rate. Those with a degree from Rice make an average of $81K.


A gender wage gap becomes apparent after college, with female graduates earning only $63K on average compared to $96K for male graduates.


Among Rice graduates, the biggest earners are Finance Managers, who haul in approximately $103K on average. Next on the list are Software Engineers and Research & Development Directors, bringing in around $85K and $81K, respectively. Mechanical Engineers get the short end of the stick when it comes to salary; grads report making an average of about $74K in this job.


Upon earning their degrees, many Rice grads prefer to remain in Houston; in fact, more than half of grads appreciate the area so much that they find permanent jobs there. San Francisco, Calif. is another hot spot for Rice grads, where salaries rank at the top of the pay scale (compensation averages out to around $110K). On the other end, Rice grads flock to Dallas, Texas, which actually offers the weakest median salary of $76K. Other popular cities for Rice alumni include nearby Austin, Texas and New York, N.Y.

Degree Major

Former Owls who fare the best in terms of salary hold a Master of Arts (MA), Geology and earn a median salary of approximately $230K per year. On the other end of the spectrum, those with an Associate's Degree tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making an average $38K per year.


Rice alumni are often well versed in Project Management, with slightly less than a fifth of grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. For former Owls, proficiency in Engineering Design warrants a paycheck that is 21 percent more than other alumni salaries. Other prime know-hows include Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Data Analysis.

Benefits and Perks

More than half of alums can rely on paid vacation days, but just one-third of alumni have the luxury of paid sick time. A large number of alumni report contributing to a 401(k). Most survey participants enjoy benefits like health insurance, while a fair number of alumni receive dental plans, too. Other benefits that Rice University alumni receive are life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Median pay for University of Southern California grads is about $81K, making their salaries most similar to those of Rice grads. Other schools similar to Rice include Tulane University of Louisiana, Emory University, and Vanderbilt University.

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Test Scores

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

Key Stats for Rice University


43 %
57 %
$38,309 - $79,348
$59,598 - $136,471

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 30 votes.
$46,567 - $115,931
$36,492 - $129,000
$67,907 - $117,426

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