Average Salary for Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) Alumni

Students looking for a top-value school need look no further than the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. It is a university based in Blacksburg, Va. that is ranked in the top 6 percent of universities by return on investment. Students thrive off the school's sports-centered energy and urban environment, which offers countless areas to explore and numerous ways to keep busy. The data in this summary come from Virginia Tech alumni who took the PayScale salary survey.

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Overall College ROI Rank

70
out of 1223
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ROI Rank for Public (In-State) Universities

20
out of 408
 

Mid-Career Salary Rank for State School

25
out of 445

Typical Early Career Salary

$53,800
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

Job
National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Mechanical Engineer
28 salaries
$68,871  
   
Electrical Engineer
24 salaries
$72,563  
Software Engineer
22 salaries
$83,169  
Senior Software Engineer
19 salaries
$103,758  
Civil Engineer
18 salaries
$65,030  
Design Architect
17 salaries
$68,784  
Project Manager, Construction
14 salaries
$73,500  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 29 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,209
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About This School

222 Burruss Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0131

www.admiss.vt.edu

24,034

State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

82 %

32 %

47 %

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Industry

Virginia Tech alumni belong to a wide range of sectors. A few fields in which grads tend to find work include the software development industry, the engineering services industry, and the aerospace and defense industry. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the consulting industry. Following graduation, Virginia Tech students earn an average of around $72K.

Gender

Male graduates on average earn more than female graduates; the first group banks about $76K per year, but the second group takes home only $61K.

Jobs

Senior Software Engineers win the contest for best-paid Virginia Tech alumni, making $104K on average every year, though Software Engineers ($85K), and Construction Project Managers (approximately $74K) are not far behind. On the lower end, Civil Engineers report making $64K.

Locations

A large number of students head to Washington, DC after college. It is also not uncommon to find former Virginia Tech students living and working in Arlington, Va. — this top-paying city is a popular destination with a median salary of $76K. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University grads are so loyal to Blacksburg that a sizable number choose to stay after graduating, despite median salary there ranking lowest among popular cities (approximately $50K). Close-by Richmond, Va. and Roanoke, Va. are also desirable cities among Virginia Tech alumni.

Degree Major

Virginia Tech grads who hold a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Business Administration can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning an average $111K per year. On the other end of the spectrum, those with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry (BCH) tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making an average around $45K per year.

Skills

Project Management is a popular skill among Virginia Tech alumni, with just under one in four workers reporting using it on the job. Knowledge of Java seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 28 percent more than their former classmates' salaries (about $92K). Demonstrated ability in Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Engineering Design rank among leading skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Though vacation and sick days are paid for some, these benefits are reported by the minority of graduates (two-fifths of alumni and one-fourth of alumni, respectively). Dental insurance applies to a fair number of alumni, and a large number of former students report health coverage. Most former students set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University alumni are rewarded with additional benefits, such as life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, University of Virginia grads (who make an average of $71K) earn salaries most similar to Virginia Tech alumni. Other schools similar to Virginia Tech include Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and North Carolina State University at Raleigh.

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SAT Scores 1660 1960
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Key Stats for Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %
Salary
$35,965 - $82,009
Salary
$47,626 - $100,078
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 247 votes.
$40,424 - $94,347
$32,282 - $80,056
$31,410 - $72,139
$49,549 - $96,096

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