Average Salary for University of Pittsburgh - Main Campus Alumni

The University of Pittsburgh is a university known for giving students excellent value for their tuition costs. Located in Pittsburgh, Pa., the school is ranked in the top 25 percent of universities by return on investment. Students here support their sports teams in droves (Go Panthers!), and the urban campus allows them to explore the city's many neighborhoods and cultural events. The data for this synopsis comes from former Pitt students who took the PayScale salary survey.

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University of Pittsburgh - Main Campus 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
16 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
12 salaries
Electrical Engineer
11 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
9 salaries
Civil Engineer
9 salaries
Project Engineer
8 salaries
Marketing Coordinator
8 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 918

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About This School

4200 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus, University of Pittsburgh



State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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Graduates of Pitt head into a range of vocations when it comes to work; the health care industry, the financial services industry, and clinical care are just a few professional areas popular among alumni. The most popular professional field seems to be the education industry. Those with a degree from Pitt make an average of approximately $62K.


After graduation, women go on to earn an average of $54K per year compared to men, who earn $71K.


The Pitt alumni who make the most are Senior Software Engineers; they report a median pay of $94K. Software Engineers and Project Engineers draw in a fair amount as well — $83K and about $74K, respectively. Marketing Coordinators face rather mediocre compensation — average salaries are actually the lowest at around $37K.


Despite handing out the worst average salary ($60K), Pittsburgh, Pa. holds on to its Pitt student population, and nearly one-half of grads continue to reside in the city. For those seeking more money, Los Angeles, Calif. is a popular destination for former Pitt students; median pay is $116K. Other common destinations include Washington, DC and New York, N.Y.

Degree Major

Pitt grads who hold a medical degree can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning an average $132K per year. The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a Bachelor of Science in Marketing (MKTG) ($40K on average annually).


Former Panthers with Engineering Design experience garner salaries that are 18 percent more than other grads' salaries. Project Management is a popular skill among Pitt alumni, with about a seventh of workers reporting using it on the job. Experience with Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis is highly valued as well.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to benefits, there is room for improvement — only two-fifths of alumni are paid for vacation and just one in four survey participants for sick time. It is no small feat that a large number of graduates are given health coverage, and a fair number of alumni accept dental insurance. Most survey participants participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. University of Pittsburgh alumni are rewarded with additional benefits, such as life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Schools similar to Pitt include Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus, Ohio State University-Main Campus, and the University of Delaware.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1730 2000
ACT Scores 26 30

Key Stats for University of Pittsburgh - Main Campus


43 %
57 %
$34,709 - $72,286
$40,599 - $98,055
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 240 votes.
$35,189 - $80,496
$40,000 - $91,035
$35,474 - $94,000
$36,492 - $102,000
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