The architectural and engineering services industry, the consulting industry, and the civil engineering services industry are just a few of the areas in which Virginia Tech grads find work. The aerospace and defense industry is the sector most highly represented among alumni. The average salary for a grad from Virginia Tech is about $71K.
Former Virginia Tech students with an interest in making money consider becoming Senior Software Engineers, the highest-paying gig (average earnings amount to $107K) among this alumni group. Other well-paid jobs include Electrical Engineers (approximately $95K) and Mechanical Engineers ($83K). Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Communications Managers who make an average of $41K.
Many Virginia Tech grads end up living in Washington, DC, deeming it the most popular city for former students of this school. It is no surprise that Roanoke, Va., which hands out the biggest paychecks (the average salary is $75K), is another of the most popular spots for former Virginia Tech students. Among popular cities, the lowest average pay is found in Blacksburg at around $45K. Regardless of salary, a large portion of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University grads opt to live in the area following graduation. Nearby Richmond, Va. is also a top pick for Virginia Tech grads, as is Alexandria, Va.
A Master of Science (MS), Experimental Psychology earns Virginia Tech students the most money after college (an average about $141K per year). Average annual salaries for those with a B.A. in Communication are the lowest of the pack, earning $48K.
Project Management is a popular skill among Virginia Tech alumni, with nearly one in seven 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 48 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($105K). Experience with Engineering Design, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel is highly valued as well.
Benefits and Perks
Though approximately half of the alumni get paid time off for vacation, only one in three grads receive paid sick leave. Almost all graduates set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). Health benefits extend to almost all former students, and most alums also receive dental coverage. Other benefits that Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University alumni receive are life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.
University of Virginia grads bring in salaries of around $71K, making them the most similar to Virginia Tech alumni in terms of earnings. Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and North Carolina State University at Raleigh are also similar to Virginia Tech.