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

It's hard to find a better value for your tuition dollar than at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, a university based in Blacksburg, Va.. The school is ranked in the top 6 percent of universities by return on investment. Enthusiasm for sports runs deep here (Go Hokies!), and the urban location affords rich cultural experiences for the students. The figures in this rundown were provided by Virginia Tech alumni who took the PayScale salary questionnaire.

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Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) Alumni

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Software Engineer
100 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
93 salaries
Civil Engineer
65 salaries
Electrical Engineer
64 salaries
Project Engineer
55 salaries
Project Manager, Construction
35 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
34 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Feb 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,493

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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 head into a range of vocations when it comes to work; the consulting industry, the architectural services industry, and the civil engineering services industry are just a few professional areas popular among alumni. The majority of Virginia Tech alumni wind up in the aerospace and defense industry. The average starting salary for a graduate of Virginia Tech is about $70K.


The most lucrative professionals among Virginia Tech alumni are Senior Software Engineers; they earn a median annual salary of $107K. Also approaching the top of the pay scale at $95K and $83K, respectively, are Electrical Engineers and Mechanical Engineers. Communications Managers wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning $41K.


Washington, DC is a hot spot for Virginia Tech alum. The top-paying city popular with Virginia Tech alumni is Roanoke, Va., which offers a median salary of around $75K. Though median pay is subpar (approximately $45K) 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. Other popular cities for Virginia Tech alumni include nearby Richmond, Va. and Mclean, Va.

Degree Major

Virginia Tech students with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) can expect to make the most money ($117K on average per year) compared to their fellow graduates. Those holding a B.A. in Communication are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in approximately $48K on average per year.


Nearly one in seven grads report using Project Management as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Former Hokies who have experience with C# Programming Language can expect to make 50 percent more than other alumni (around $106K on average). Engineering Design, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

As for time away from work, approximately half of the survey participants are compensated for vacation days, but only one in three grads can take paid time off due to illness. Health insurance benefits extend to nearly all grads, and a large number of respondents sign up for dental plans. Almost all alumni plan for retirement by taking advantage of a company-sponsored 401(k) program. Other benefits awarded to Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University alumni include life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

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.

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