University of Pittsburgh - Main Campus Alumni Average Salary

Attending the University of Pittsburgh, a university can pay off very well in the long run. The school is based in Pittsburgh, Pa., and it is ranked in the top 25 percent of universities by return on investment. Often heralded for its athletics, the University of Pittsburgh also offers a top-notch curriculum. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.

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Mechanical Engineer
55 salaries
Software Engineer
52 salaries
Project Manager, Engineering
24 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
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Attorney / Lawyer
22 salaries
Software Developer
20 salaries
Electrical Engineer
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 15 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,358

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


Former Pitt students with an interest in making money consider becoming Engineering Project Managers, the highest-paying gig (average earnings amount to approximately $110K) among this alumni group. Other well-paid jobs include Engineering Group Managers (around $88K) and Application Developers ($78K). On the lower end, Project Engineers report making $52K.


Graduates of Pitt seem to enjoy living in Pittsburgh, and just over two-fifths of grads wind up living and working there after graduation. It is also not uncommon to find former Pitt students living and working in Washington, DC — this top-paying city is a popular destination with a median salary of about $99K. On the far end of the pay scale, Pitt alumni often reside in New York, N.Y., which is home to the lowest pay at $58K. Other common destinations for Pitt grads include close-by Philadelphia, Pa. and Wexford, Pa.

Degree Major

A Bachelor of Science in Chemistry earns Pitt students the most money after college (an average $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).


Former Panthers who have experience with Project Management can expect to make 31 percent more than other alumni ($80K on average). Project Management is a common skill among Pitt alumni — just under 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

Paid time off due to illness is less common here than paid vacation time, just under one-fourth of former students report receiving the former, whereas just half of the alumni report receiving the latter. Nearly all graduates receive health insurance, and most grads get dental coverage. The vast majority of alums set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). Additional benefits handed to University of Pittsburgh alumni include 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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