Rice University Alumni Average Salary

Rice University is a university based in Houston, Texas that is home to around 4,000 undergraduates. 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 that sit well above the national average. The figures in this overview come from the responses of Rice grads who took the PayScale salary survey.

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National Salary Data 
Software Engineer
13 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
8 salaries
Project Manager, Engineering
7 salaries
Management Consultant
6 salaries
Electrical Engineer
6 salaries
Senior Financial Analyst
6 salaries
Software Developer
5 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Aug 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 551
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6100 S Main
Houston, TX 77005-1827


Private School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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The oil and gas field services industry, the energy trading industry, and energy are just a few of the areas in which Rice grads find work. The most highly represented industry among alumni is the oil and gas exploration industry. Rice alumni rake in larger-than-average salaries, and they also score high on the SATs. Following graduation, Rice students earn an average of $77K.


In the Rice alumni community, men make a median salary of about $92K compared to their female counterparts, who earn approximately $61K.


Rice grads who become Senior Systems Engineers are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, making an average $125K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Mechanical Engineers and Software Developers; their salaries approach $82K and around $80K, respectively. Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Process Engineers who make an average of $76K.


Rice students enjoy their time in Houston, and just over a half of students actually choose to live and work there after graduating. In addition, former Rice students often head to Seattle, Wash. after graduating, where the median salary comes to $117K in this top-paying city. On the flipside, the lowest-paying city popular among Rice grads is Austin, Texas (median compensation is about $57K). New York, N.Y. and Los Angeles, Calif. are popular choices as well.

Degree Major

Financial compensation is highest for Rice grads with a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Finance (average earnings climb to $130K per year). Those with a Bachelor's Degree face salaries on the lower end, coming in at an average $73K per year.


About a sixth of Rice grads wind up using Project Management at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. Former Owls with Strategic Marketing experience garner salaries that are 53 percent more than other grads' salaries. Proficiency in Data Analysis, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel command top-of-the-line rewards as well.

Benefits and Perks

Just over half of the respondents are allowed to take paid time off for vacation, but only about one in three grads get paid sick leave. Health coverage is awarded to a large number of alumni, and dental insurance is issued to a strong majority of survey participants as well. Most alums save for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Rice University alumni are also on the receiving end of life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, and relocation expenses.

Related Schools

University of Miami grads report the most similar salaries to Rice alums, earning $79K on average. Tulane University of Louisiana, Emory University, and Vanderbilt University are also similar to Rice.

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