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Average Salary for Rice University Alumni

Nestled away in Houston, Texas, the student population at Rice University, a private research school, roughly 4,000. 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. The data for this synopsis comes from former Rice students who took the PayScale salary survey.

Overall College ROI Rank

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ROI Rank for Private not-for-profit Universities

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Mid-Career Salary Rank for Research Universities

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Typical Early Career Salary

Rice University Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Process Engineer
6 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
6 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
6 salaries
Software Engineer
6 salaries
Project Manager, Engineering
4 salaries
Project Architect
4 salaries
Software Developer
3 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 22 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 259
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Rice University Details

6100 S Main
Houston, TX 77005-1827


Private Schools, Research Universities, For Sports Fans

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Rice alumni can most commonly be found in the oil and gas field services industry, the architectural services industry, and the software development industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. The majority of Rice alumni wind up in 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 $80K.


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


Among Rice graduates, the biggest earners are Engineering Project Managers, who haul in $168K on average. Next on the list are Senior Software Engineers and Software Engineers, bringing in $115K and $90K, respectively. Collecting the smallest paychecks are High School Teachers — they bring in about $47K.


Upon earning their degree, many Rice grads prefer to remain in Houston; in fact, one-half of grads enjoy the area so much that they find permanent jobs in the city. Rice grads also flock to Seattle, which is home to salaries significantly above average (typical pay is approximately $120K). Rice alumni in Dallas can often be found sliding in at the lower end of the pay scale, where median paychecks are the smallest at about $68K. Close-by Austin and New York are also desirable cities among Rice alumni.

Degree Major

Rice students with a Master of Arts (MA), Geology can expect to make the most money ($230K per year) compared to their fellow graduates. On the other end of the spectrum, those with a B.A. in Sports Management tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making $41K per year.


C++ commands a pay premium of 26 percent for former Owls. Project Management is a common skill among Rice alumni — one in five grads mention using it at work. Competency in Data Analysis, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel also warrants excellent retribution.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to paid time off, there is more lenience involving vacation than illness; slightly more than half of the survey participants get vacation time, whereas just one in three grads get paid sick leave. A strong majority of respondents save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. The greater part of respondents have medical plans, and most graduates have dental insurance. Rice University graduates also take advantage of life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Median pay for University of Southern California grads is around $82K, making their salaries most similar to those of 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 2020 2290
ACT Scores 30 34

Key Stats

38 %
62 %
$35,646 - $78,653
$49,474 - $128,384
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 73 votes.
$44,622 - $108,647
$42,894 - $115,507
$35,235 - $78,464
$56,000 - $180,000
$76,245 - $155,906

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