Average Salary for University of Pittsburgh - Main Campus Alumni

The University of Pittsburgh is a university known for giving students excellent value for their tuition costs. Located in Pittsburgh, Pa., the school is ranked in the top 25 percent of universities by return on investment. Sports occupy center stage in student life (Go Panthers!), but academics are extremely important, too. The data in this summary come from Pitt alumni who took the PayScale salary survey.

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University of Pittsburgh - Main Campus Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
Software Engineer
15 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
12 salaries
Electrical Engineer
10 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
9 salaries
Civil Engineer
9 salaries
Marketing Coordinator
8 salaries
Project Engineer
8 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 881
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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 go into the education industry, the financial services industry, and clinical care, not to mention a variety of other lines of work. The most popular professional field seems to be the health care industry. Following graduation, Pitt students earn an average of around $62K.


It's worth noting that female graduates earn a median salary of $54K whereas the men's median is about $70K.


Among Pitt alumni, those working as Senior Software Engineers report the highest median pay of $94K, followed by Software Engineers ($85K), and Project Engineers (approximately $74K). Relative to other positions, compensation dwindles for Marketing Coordinators; alumni in this role face average salaries of $37K.


More often than not, Pitt grads continue living in Pittsburgh, Pa. (just over two-fifths of former students to be exact) even though the average salary here takes last place on the pay scale ($60K). Alternatively, Seattle, Wash. is home to some of the highest salaries — median pay is around $100K — which is an (obvious) draw for many Pitt grads. In addition, grads flock to Washington, DC as well as New York, N.Y.

Degree Major

Pitt grads who hold a medical degree can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning an average $136K per year. On the other end of the spectrum, those with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing (MKTG) tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making an average approximately $40K per year.


Knowledge of Financial Analysis seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 19 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($73K). One-seventh of grads report using Project Management as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Also considered top-notch skills are Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni for this school enjoy paid vacation days and about one-fourth of alumni get paid sick time. Most respondents enjoy benefits like health insurance, while a fair number of former students receive dental plans, too. In an effort to save up for the years ahead, a large number of graduates contribute to a 401(k). University of Pittsburgh grads also enjoy benefits like 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 2000
ACT Scores 26 30

Key Stats for University of Pittsburgh - Main Campus


43 %
57 %
$34,726 - $71,086
$40,520 - $97,308
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 221 votes.
$35,265 - $79,239
$39,822 - $90,267
$35,351 - $98,264
$36,492 - $102,000
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