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Average Salary for Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Alumni

Rochester Institute of Technology, a university based in Rochester, N.Y., that is ranked in the top 12 percent of universities by ROI, gives students and parents great value for their tuition dollar. Students at this private university often excel at engineering. This report is based on the answers of Rochester Institute of Technology graduates who responded to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

Overall College ROI Rank

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ROI Rank for Private not-for-profit Universities

out of 476

Mid-Career Salary Rank for Engineering

out of 34

Typical Early Career Salary

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
Software Engineer
80 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
38 salaries
Electrical Engineer
26 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
22 salaries
Packaging Engineer
22 salaries
Manufacturing Engineer
19 salaries
Project Engineer
16 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,245
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Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Details

1 Lomb Memorial Dr
Rochester, NY 14623-5603


Private Schools, Engineering

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IT services, the aerospace and defense industry, and the manufacturing industry are just a few of the areas in which Rochester Institute of Technology grads find work. Among Rochester Institute of Technology grads, the software development industry is a commonly chosen career field. Those with an education from Rochester Institute of Technology earn an average of $70K.


The Rochester Institute of Technology alumni who make the most are Senior Software Engineers; they report a median pay of $93K. Software Engineers and Electrical Engineers draw in a fair amount as well — around $76K and $75K. Manufacturing Engineers pick up approximately $60K in financial rewards, representing the lowest-paid position among alumni.


Rochester is a city beloved by Rochester Institute of Technology alumni, and slightly less than a third of grads actually choose to stay and find employment here after completing their coursework. In addition, former Rochester Institute of Technology students often head to Atlanta after graduating, where typical salaries come to about $90K in this top-paying city. On the flipside, the lowest-paying city popular among Rochester Institute of Technology grads is Buffalo (median compensation is $63K). Close-by New York and Boston are also desirable cities among Rochester Institute of Technology alumni.


Rolling in at $106K, ITT Exelis offers the highest salaries to former students of Rochester Institute of Technology. Salaries are anything but high at Rochester General Hospital, though, where average pay is approximately $40K.

Degree Major

With annual earnings of $95K per year, Rochester Institute of Technology grads who have a Doctorate (PhD) are the best paid among the alumni population. A Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Graphic Design is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with annual pay of $51K.


Proficiency in Project Management is common among Rochester Institute of Technology alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, around a sixth of former students report doing so. Competency in Java translates into above-average pay for Rochester Institute of Technology grads — they earn 15 percent more than their fellow graduates. Microsoft Office, Engineering Design, and Microsoft Excel are among other dominant skills.

Benefits and Perks

Only about two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and one in four survey participants receive sick leave. A strong majority of former students opt for a 401(k) to save for retirement. The greater part of survey participants enjoy benefits like health insurance, while most former students receive dental plans, too. Other benefits that Rochester Institute of Technology alumni receive are a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, Gannon University grads (who make an average of about $69K) earn salaries most similar to Rochester Institute of Technology alumni. Roberts Wesleyan College, Nazareth College, and Canisius College are also similar to Rochester Institute of Technology.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1630 1960
ACT Scores 25 30

Key Stats

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