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. 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 report is based on the answers of Pitt graduates who responded to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Mechanical Engineer
62 salaries
Software Engineer
54 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
26 salaries
Attorney / Lawyer
23 salaries
Software Developer
22 salaries
Project Manager, Engineering
20 salaries
Electrical Engineer
19 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 23 Apr 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,395

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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 are found working in a number of different fields including the manufacturing industry, the software development industry, and higher education. The financial services industry is the sector most highly represented among alumni. Former Pitt graduates bring in $62K on average.


Engineering Project Managers win the contest for best-paid Pitt alumni, making $110K on average every year, though Senior Software Engineers (about $105K), and Engineering Group Managers (around $88K) are not far behind. Project Engineers wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning $52K.


Pitt alumni seem to appreciate living in Pittsburgh, and about one-half of grads actually choose to stay and find employment here after completing their coursework. Washington, DC is also a common destination for Pitt grads and offers the best pay with a median salary of $147K. Home to the lowest median salary for Pitt alumni is New York, N.Y., a popular place for former students despite its approximately $58K average paycheck. Nearby Philadelphia, Pa. is also a top pick for Pitt grads, as is Wexford, Pa.

Degree Major

Pitt grads who hold a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning an average around $147K per year. The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a Bachelor's Degree, Business Administration (approximately $52K on average annually).


Knowledge of Project Management seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 29 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($80K). Project Management is a common skill among Pitt alumni — a little less than one-fifth of grads mention using it at work. Experience with Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Data Analysis is highly valued as well.

Benefits and Perks

As for time away from work, a little less than half of the former students are compensated for vacation days, but only one in four survey participants can take paid time off due to illness. Nearly all survey participants have medical plans, and most graduates have dental insurance. Nearly all respondents set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). University of Pittsburgh alumni are also on the receiving end of life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and flexible hours.

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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