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Average Salary for University of Pittsburgh - Main Campus Alumni

When it comes to ROI, the University of Pittsburgh, a public research school located in Pittsburgh, Pa., with around 18,000 students, ranks in the top 21 percent of universities — students enjoy incredible value for their tuition dollars. The athletic culture permeates campus life (Go Panthers!), and students take full advantage of the school's urban location by enjoying concerts, dinners, and festivals around town. This synopsis is derived from the responses of former Pitt students who took PayScale's salary survey.

Overall College ROI Rank

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ROI Rank for Public (In-State) Universities

out of 420

Mid-Career Salary Rank for State School

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Typical Early Career Salary

University of Pittsburgh - Main Campus Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Software Engineer
22 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
17 salaries
Electrical Engineer
16 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
14 salaries
Project Engineer
12 salaries
Software Developer
12 salaries
Civil Engineer
10 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,289
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University of Pittsburgh - Main Campus Details

4200 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus, University of Pittsburgh


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Pitt alumni belong to a wide range of sectors. A few fields in which grads tend to find work include the education industry, the financial services industry, and the manufacturing industry. The health care industry is the sector most highly represented among alumni. Former Pitt graduates tend to bring in approximately $63K.


Male graduates of Pitt out-earn their female counterparts significantly, earning an average of around $70K versus about $56K for women.


The most lucrative professionals among Pitt alumni are Senior Software Engineers; they earn a median annual salary of $88K. Also approaching the top of the pay scale at $75K and $66K are Software Engineers and Mechanical Engineers. Salaries are anything but generous for Financial Analysts, where earnings rank lowest on the pay scale at $54K.


When it comes to compensation, Pittsburgh brings up the rear (median pay is about $60K); however, just over two-fifths of Pitt alumni still choose not to leave this city. However, Pitt grads looking to fill their bank accounts consider moving to Denver — one of the most popular top-paying cities — with its median salary of $94K. Washington, DC is also a common pick among Pitt grads, along with New York.


The highest paychecks can be found at Westinghouse Electric Company, where some Pitt grads go to work for pay averaging $85K. Salaries are decidedly lower at The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (BNY Mellon), though, where employees earn $42K on average.

Degree Major

A medical degree will compensate Pitt grads at a much higher rate than other fields — these alums tend to rake in around $120K per year. Graduates holding a master's in social work fare the worst in terms of compensation with yearly salaries of approximately $41K.


Former Panthers with Engineering Design abilities can expect to make 15 percent more than their former classmates ($73K). Project Management is a popular skill among Pitt alumni, with nearly one-seventh of workers reporting using it on the job. Other prime know-hows include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis.

Benefits and Perks

Only half of the alumni earn paid vacation and just one-third of alumni get paid sick time. Health insurance benefits extend to the greater part of respondents, and most graduates sign up for dental plans. A solid majority of grads save for retirement through a 401(k) plan. University of Pittsburgh grads are also lucky enough to receive 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 2040
ACT Scores 25 30

Key Stats

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Less than 1 year
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