Average Salary for Rice University Alumni

Rice University, a school in Houston, Texas, has roughly 4,000 undergrads. Enthusiasm for sports runs deep here (Go Owls!), and the urban location affords rich cultural experiences for the students. Alumni participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

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Median Salary by Job

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XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location.
Mechanical Engineer
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Software Engineer
5 salaries
Process Engineer
5 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
4 salaries
Finance Manager
3 salaries
Subsea Engineer
3 salaries
Software Developer
3 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 172
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About This School

6100 S Main
Houston, TX 77005-1827


Private School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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Graduates of Rice go into the oil and gas field services industry, the software development industry, and the education industry, not to mention a variety of other lines of work. A large chunk of former Rice students are employed in the oil and gas exploration industry; in fact, this is the most popular job sector for this population. Students of Rice go on to make comfortable salaries after graduation, a trend consistent with the above-average SAT scores reported by this group. Former Rice graduates bring in approximately $80K on average.


There is a sizable difference between men's post-college salaries and women's: the median for the former is $95K, but the median for the latter is only $62K.


Former Rice students with an interest in making money consider becoming Subsea Engineers, the highest-paying gig (average earnings amount to around $155K) among this alumni group. Other well-paid jobs include Senior Software Engineers ($135K) and Finance Managers ($103K). Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Mechanical Engineers who make an average of about $68K.


Many Rice alumni seem to stick around Houston after wrapping up their studies; close to one-half of grads remain to find permanent work. San Francisco, Calif. is another hot spot for Rice grads, where salaries rank at the top of the pay scale (compensation averages out to $110K). On the other hand, Rice alumni who end up in Dallas, Texas receive the lowest median salary of about $75K. Rice alumni express interest in nearby Austin, Texas and Seattle, Wash. as well.

Degree Major

A Master of Arts (MA), Geology will compensate Rice grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in $230K on average per year. Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding an Associate's Degree — their annual income amounts to $38K on average.


Just under one-fifth of Rice grads wind up using Project Management at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. Competency in Product Development translates into above-average pay for former Owls — they earn 50 percent more than their fellow graduates. Also considered top-notch skills are Microsoft Office, Engineering Design, and Data Analysis.

Benefits and Perks

Although a majority of graduates are compensated for vacation days, only one-third of alumni are paid for sick time. A large number of survey participants take advantage of a 401(k) plan. Health benefits extend to most alums, and a fair number of alums also receive dental coverage. Graduates of Rice University are also recipients of life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

University of Southern California grads report the most similar salaries to Rice alums, earning around $81K on average. 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


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$38,601 - $79,597
$54,000 - $132,722
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.
$46,669 - $115,304
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$64,883 - $116,383
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