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

Ranked in the top 6 percent of universities by return on investment, the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University is a university based in Blacksburg, Va., and it's home to around 24,000 undergraduates. The school has a strong sports tradition (Go Hokies!) and its urban campus offers many benefits for its students. The figures in this overview come from the responses of Virginia Tech grads who took the PayScale salary survey.

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College ROI Report

70th

20 Year Net ROI 

$555,000

Annual ROI 

10.1%

Total 4 Year Cost 

$98,000

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College Salary Report

86th

Early Career Salary 

$54,500

Mid-Career Salary 

$96,700

% High Meaning 

47.0%

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Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

Job
National Salary Data 
$0$50K$100K$150K
Mechanical Engineer
25 salaries
$70,335  
   
Software Engineer
19 salaries
$81,794  
Electrical Engineer
19 salaries
$74,865  
Senior Software Engineer
18 salaries
$102,532  
Civil Engineer
17 salaries
$68,230  
Design Architect
14 salaries
$72,414  
Project Manager, Construction
12 salaries
$73,500  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,021
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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

Graduates of Virginia Tech are found working in a number of different fields including the software development industry, the engineering services industry, and the aerospace and defense industry. Among Virginia Tech grads, the consulting industry is a commonly chosen career field. Those with a degree from Virginia Tech make an average of around $73K.

Gender

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

Jobs

Among Virginia Tech alumni, those working as Senior Software Engineers report the highest median pay of $104K, followed by Software Engineers (about $85K), and Construction Project Managers ($74K). Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Civil Engineers who make an average of approximately $67K.

Locations

Washington, DC is filled with Virginia Tech grads. Fairfax, Va. is also a common destination for Virginia Tech grads and offers the best pay with a median salary of around $77K. Though median pay is subpar ($50K) relative to popular cities, choosing to stay in Blacksburg after graduation is a common decision made by many alumni who have developed a love for the area. Graduates of Virginia Tech also relocate to Richmond, Va., which is not far away, and Roanoke, Va.

Degree Major

With a median annual earnings of $111K per year, former Hokies who have a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Business Administration are the best paid among the alumni population. On the other end of the spectrum, those with a Bachelor of Science in Economics tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making an average $53K per year.

Skills

Virginia Tech alumni are often well versed in Project Management, with roughly one in five grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. Former Hokies who have experience with Java can expect to make 22 percent more than other alumni (approximately $89K on average). Other top skills include Microsoft Office, Engineering Design, and Microsoft Excel.

Benefits and Perks

Just two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and merely one in four survey participants get paid sick time. Most graduates opt for a 401(k) to save for retirement. Health benefits extend to a large number of alumni, and a strong majority of former students also receive dental coverage. Other benefits that Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University alumni receive are life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Median pay for University of Virginia grads is $71K, making their salaries most similar to those of 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.

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Test Scores

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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
$36,452 - $83,652
Salary
$48,525 - $100,655
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 209 votes.
$41,171 - $97,412
$32,470 - $72,617
$30,000 - $78,665
$57,041 - $96,410

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