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

The Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University is a school located in Blacksburg, Va. with around 24,000 undergraduates. Alumni report earning excellent value for their tuition dollars; the school ranks in the top 6 percent of universities by return on investment. Athletics are a huge part of life here (Go Hokies!), and the school's urban location only adds to the fun, with a wealth of neighborhoods and cultural events to explore. This summary is derived from information given by Virginia Tech grads who completed 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
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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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Mechanical Engineer
33 salaries
$69,289  
   
Electrical Engineer
31 salaries
$72,573  
Software Engineer
30 salaries
$87,776  
Civil Engineer
23 salaries
$63,694  
Senior Software Engineer
21 salaries
$103,758  
Design Architect
19 salaries
$66,714  
Project Manager, Construction
17 salaries
$68,700  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 6 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,419

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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 %

15 %


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Industry

Virginia Tech alumni find work in an assortment of industries including the software development industry, the aerospace and defense industry, and the engineering services industry. The most popular field is the consulting industry. Virginia Tech graduates see an average starting salary of $71K.

Gender

There is a sizable difference between men's post-college salaries and women's: the median for the former is $75K, but the median for the latter is only $60K.

Jobs

The Virginia Tech alumni who make the most are Senior Software Engineers; they report a median pay of about $104K. Software Engineers and Electrical Engineers draw in a fair amount as well — approximately $86K and around $73K, respectively. Collecting the smallest paychecks are Civil Engineers — they bring in $64K.

Locations

Many Virginia Tech grads end up living in Washington, DC, deeming it the most popular city for former students of this school. With a median salary of about $76K, Arlington, Va. represents the highest-paid city popular among Virginia Tech grads. 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 ($51K). Nearby Richmond, Va. is also a top pick for Virginia Tech grads, as is Roanoke, Va.

Degree Major

Virginia Tech grads who hold a Master of Science (MS), Computer Science (CS) can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning an average $108K per year. Those holding a Bachelor of Science in Biology are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in around $44K on average per year.

Skills

Project Management is a popular skill among Virginia Tech alumni, with roughly one in five workers reporting using it on the job. Former Hokies with Java abilities can expect to make 23 percent more than their former classmates (approximately $88K). Demonstrated ability in Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Engineering Design rank among leading skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni for this school enjoy paid vacation days and about one in four survey participants get paid sick time. Most survey participants set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). For this school, a large number of grads are the recipients of health benefits, and a fair number of grads pick up dental plans, too. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University grads also enjoy benefits like life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

University of Virginia graduates, who earn $71K on average, make a similar amount to Virginia Tech grads. Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and North Carolina State University at Raleigh are also similar to Virginia Tech.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1660 1960
ACT Scores

Key Stats for Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %
Salary
$35,555 - $80,763
Salary
$46,818 - $99,289
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 313 votes.
$41,231 - $91,627
$32,882 - $78,220
$32,248 - $71,164
$48,994 - $96,724

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