University of Pittsburgh - Main Campus Alumni Average Salary

Around 19,000 undergrads attend the University of Pittsburgh, a school in Pittsburgh, Pa.. The school sits in the top 25 percent of universities by return on investment. Enthusiasm for athletics forms a core part of campus culture (Go Panthers!), and students supplement the sports fun by taking full advantage of their school's urban environment. The data in this summary come from Pitt alumni who took the PayScale salary survey.

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Mechanical Engineer
58 salaries
Software Engineer
55 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
27 salaries
Project Manager, Engineering
24 salaries
Attorney / Lawyer
22 salaries
Electrical Engineer
21 salaries
Software Developer
20 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Feb 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,434

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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 financial services industry, public K-12 education, and higher education are just a few professional areas popular among alumni. The most popular professional field seems to be the manufacturing industry. Those with a degree from Pitt make an average of $61K.


Former Pitt students with an interest in making money consider becoming Application Developers, the highest-paying gig (average earnings amount to $78K) among this alumni group. Other well-paid jobs include Senior Accountants ($71K) and Mechanical Engineers (around $67K). Business Analysts face rather mediocre compensation — average salaries are actually the lowest at $54K.


Upon earning their degrees, many Pitt grads prefer to remain in Pittsburgh; in fact, more than two-fifths of grads appreciate the area so much that they find permanent jobs there. Pitt alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in Washington, DC, which offers a median salary of about $99K. For comparison, the lowest-paying city popular with Pitt alumni is New York, N.Y., which offers a median salary of approximately $58K. Nearby Philadelphia, Pa. is also a top pick for Pitt grads, as is Indiana, Pa.

Degree Major

A Bachelor of Science in Chemistry earns Pitt students the most money after college (an average $147K per year). A Bachelor's Degree, Business Administration offers the lowest median annual financial reward ($52K).


Former Panthers with Strategic Planning experience garner salaries that are 122 percent more than other grads' salaries. Microsoft Office is a common skill among Pitt alumni — nearly one in six grads mention using it at work. In addition, those who are savvy in Project Management, Microsoft Excel, and Data Analysis are also considered highly skilled.

Benefits and Perks

Roughly half of the graduates can rely on paid vacation days, but just one in four survey participants have the luxury of paid sick time. A large number of former students set up a 401(k) to save for retirement. Most alums have medical plans, and a strong majority of respondents have dental insurance. University of Pittsburgh graduates also take advantage of life insurance, a casual working environment, flexible hours, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

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

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$38,385 - $72,784
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Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.
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