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

Nestled away in Blacksburg, Va., the student population at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, a public research school, is roughly 24,000. This overview is based on graduates' answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Mechanical Engineer
35 salaries
Software Engineer
34 salaries
Electrical Engineer
32 salaries
Civil Engineer
25 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
24 salaries
Design Architect
22 salaries
Project Engineer
17 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,522

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About This School

222 Burruss Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0131



State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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Graduates of Virginia Tech go into the aerospace and defense industry, the software development industry, and the architectural services industry, not to mention a variety of other lines of work. A large chunk of former Virginia Tech students are employed in the consulting industry; in fact, this is the most popular job sector for this population. The average starting salary for a graduate of Virginia Tech is $71K.


Male graduates of Virginia Tech out-earn their female counterparts significantly, earning an average of about $75K versus $59K for women.


Among Virginia Tech alumni, those working as Senior Software Engineers report the highest median pay of around $101K, followed by Software Engineers (approximately $81K), and Electrical Engineers ($72K). On the lower end, Civil Engineers report making $61K.


Many Virginia Tech grads end up living in Washington, DC, deeming it the most popular city for former students of this school. Arlington is also a common destination for Virginia Tech grads and offers the best pay with a median salary of approximately $74K. Though median pay is subpar ($53K) 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. Virginia Tech alumni express interest in nearby Richmond and Roanoke as well.


Cisco Systems Inc is the top-paying employer among Virginia Tech graduates with an average salary of $105K. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) hands out the smallest paychecks, where median earnings come out to about $50K.

Degree Major

A graduate with a Master of Science (MS), Computer Science (CS) from Virginia Tech can rake in a whopping $105K per year, more than any other degree from this school. On the other end of the spectrum, those with a Bachelor of Science in Biology tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making around $42K per year.


Project Management is a popular skill among Virginia Tech alumni, with one in five workers reporting using it on the job. Former Hokies with Java experience garner salaries that are 17 percent more than other grads' salaries. Competency in Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Engineering Design also warrants excellent retribution.

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). The greater part of respondents set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). Benefits are rather generous for graduates of this school; a strong majority of survey participants are rewarded with health insurance and most alums report dental coverage, 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 $72K on average, make a similar amount to Virginia Tech grads. 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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Key Stats for Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)


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$35,096 - $79,027
$46,195 - $99,475
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 541 votes.
$40,830 - $85,257
$32,242 - $79,430
$32,536 - $75,838
$48,998 - $95,977

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