Average Salary for Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Alumni

It's hard to find a better value for your tuition dollar than Rochester Institute of Technology, a university based in Rochester, N.Y., that is ranked in the top 12 percent of universities by ROI. The private university has a reputation for being engineering-minded. Replies from former Rochester Institute of Technology students to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.

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ROI Rank for Private not-for-profit Universities

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Mid-Career Salary Rank for Engineering

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Typical Early Career Salary

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Alumni

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. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
Software Engineer
60 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
27 salaries
Electrical Engineer
18 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
17 salaries
Manufacturing Engineer
16 salaries
Packaging Engineer
15 salaries
Project Engineer
11 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 15 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 937

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About This School

1 Lomb Memorial Dr
Rochester, NY 14623-5603



Private School

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Graduates of Rochester Institute of Technology go into IT services, the aerospace and defense industry, and the manufacturing industry, not to mention a variety of other lines of work. Among Rochester Institute of Technology grads, the software development industry is a commonly chosen career field. Rochester Institute of Technology graduates see an estimated starting salary of approximately $70K.


Rochester Institute of Technology grads who become Senior Software Engineers garner financial rewards beyond any other job type for this group — these alumni rake in $93K annually. However, Software Engineers and Electrical Engineers also rank as top-earners (bringing in about $76K and $74K, respectively). Relative to other positions, compensation dwindles for Manufacturing Engineers; alumni in this role face average salaries of around $60K.


Rochester Institute of Technology alumni love Rochester so much that they tend to stick around after graduation, with just under a third of grads staying on to find permanent employment. It is also not uncommon to find former Rochester Institute of Technology students living and working in Atlanta — this top-paying city is a popular destination with a median salary of $90K. On the flipside, the lowest-paying city popular among Rochester Institute of Technology grads is Buffalo (median compensation is $63K). Nearby New York and Boston also rank high on the list of cities for Rochester Institute of Technology grads.


Typical salaries reach $104K at International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., where former Rochester Institute of Technology students can easily make the most money. Alumni looking to pad their bank accounts should steer clear of Paychex, Inc.; the median salary there is $52K, which is considerably lower than the overall median for all Rochester Institute of Technology graduates.

Degree Major

A graduate with a Doctorate (PhD) from Rochester Institute of Technology can rake in a whopping about $95K per year, more than any other degree from this school. The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Graphic Design ($51K annually).


Roughly one in seven grads report using Project Management as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Rochester Institute of Technology grads with Java abilities can expect to make 16 percent more than their former classmates ($82K). In addition, those who are savvy in Microsoft Office, Engineering Design, and Microsoft Excel are also considered highly skilled.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni earn paid vacation and just one in four survey participants get paid sick time. It is no small feat that a strong majority of former students are given health coverage, and most respondents accept dental insurance. A strong majority of graduates opt for a 401(k) to save for retirement. Additional benefits handed to Rochester Institute of Technology alumni include a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Alumni of Gannon University pick up average paychecks of around $64K, which is closest to the amount made by Rochester Institute of Technology grads among similar schools. 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 1950
ACT Scores 25 31

Key Stats for Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)


26 %
74 %
$36,679 - $80,776
$48,199 - $94,097
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 353 votes.
$52,275 - $88,210
$62,155 - $91,500
$78,450 - $118,000
$41,308 - $84,026
$39,652 - $94,251
$49,226 - $90,021
$45,570 - $76,334
$38,659 - $87,048

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