Rice University Alumni Average Salary

Nestled away in Houston, Texas, Rice University, a school, has a student population of roughly 4,000. Much of campus life revolves around sports (Go Owls!), and the urban location lets student freely explore the diverse, interesting city at their fingertips. This overview is based on graduates' answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Mechanical Engineer
12 salaries
Software Engineer
10 salaries
Project Manager, Engineering
7 salaries
Data Scientist
7 salaries
Director of Operations
6 salaries
Software Developer
6 salaries
Reliability Engineer
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 24 Feb 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 568

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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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Pulling in paychecks on the larger end are Rice grads, which is not shocking considering the high SAT scores reported by this demographic. The average starting salary for a graduate of Rice is about $81K.


Male graduates of Rice out-earn their female counterparts significantly, earning an average of $93K versus approximately $60K for women.


Though Houston, Texas offers the least in terms of financial rewards (median pay is the lowest at $78K), more than two-fifths of Rice students continue living here after college. Rice alumni in search of the largest paycheck, on the other hand, will find it in Austin, Texas where $81K is the average pay.

Degree Major

A graduate with a Bachelor's Degree from Rice can rake in a whopping average around $65K per year, more than any other degree from this school.


Former Owls with Project Management abilities can expect to make 4 percent more than their former classmates ($85K). Many former Rice students are familiar with Data Analysis, and just under one in three grads move on to positions where this experience is utilized. Demonstrated ability in Project Management, Microsoft SQL Server, and Microsoft Word rank among leading skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Paid time off due to illness is less common here than paid vacation time, slightly more than two-fifths of respondents report receiving the former, whereas just a majority of respondents report receiving the latter. Health benefits extend to nearly all respondents, and a fair number of graduates also receive dental coverage. The vast majority of graduates plan for retirement by taking advantage of a company-sponsored 401(k) program. Additional benefits handed to Rice University alumni include life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

University of Southern California graduates, who earn $79K on average, make a similar amount to Rice grads. Tulane University of Louisiana, Emory University, and Vanderbilt University are also similar to Rice.

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Key Stats for Rice University


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$42,282 - $122,084

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Rated 5 out of 5
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