University of Pittsburgh - Main Campus Alumni Average Salary

Ranked in the top 25 percent of universities by return on investment, the University of Pittsburgh is a university based in Pittsburgh, Pa., and it's home to around 19,000 undergraduates. Sports occupy center stage in student life (Go Panthers!), but academics are extremely important, too. This overview is based on graduates' answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Mechanical Engineer
11 salaries
Software Engineer
11 salaries
Software Developer
7 salaries
Project Engineer
6 salaries
Electrical Engineer
6 salaries
Financial Analyst
5 salaries
Project Manager, Engineering
5 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 Nov 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 535
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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, the health care industry, and the health care services industry are just a few professional areas popular among alumni. The majority of Pitt alumni wind up in the education industry. Former Pitt graduates bring in $63K on average.


Male graduates on average earn more than female graduates; the first group banks $70K per year, but the second group takes home only approximately $58K.


The most lucrative professionals among Pitt alumni are Senior Software Engineers; they earn a median annual salary of $94K. Also approaching the top of the pay scale at around $85K and $67K, respectively, are Software Engineers and Electrical Engineers. Marketing Coordinators face rather mediocre compensation — average salaries are actually the lowest at about $37K.


Pittsburgh, Pa. keeps the largest number of Pitt grads among cities despite the fact that it offers the lowest median compensation ($61K). Pitt alumni in search of the largest paycheck, on the other hand, will find it in Seattle, Wash. where around $110K is the average pay. Other cities of interest include Washington, DC and New York, N.Y.

Degree Major

A medical degree will compensate Pitt grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in about $139K on average per year. Those with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing (MKTG) face salaries on the lower end, coming in at an average approximately $40K per year.


Former Panthers who have experience with Engineering Design can expect to make 21 percent more than other alumni ($76K on average). Approximately one in seven grads report using Project Management as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. In addition, those who are savvy in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis are also considered highly skilled.

Benefits and Perks

A lucky minority (about two-fifths of alumni) are fortunate enough to be compensated for vacation while just one in four survey participants get sick time. A large number of grads save for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Most former students enjoy benefits like health insurance, while a strong majority of survey participants receive dental plans, too. Alumni of University of Pittsburgh also take in 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.

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Test Scores

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

Key Stats for University of Pittsburgh - Main Campus


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$35,633 - $72,334
$40,559 - $96,845
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5
based on 168 votes.
$36,083 - $80,551
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