Graduates of Virginia Tech are found working in a number of different fields including the civil engineering services industry, the architectural and engineering services industry, and the architectural services industry. The aerospace and defense industry registers as the most common industry among alumni. Those with an education from Virginia Tech earn an average of about $71K.
Among Virginia Tech alumni, those working as Electrical Engineers report the highest median pay of $95K, followed by Mechanical Engineers ($82K), and Civil Engineers ($75K). Collecting the smallest paychecks are Communications Managers — they bring in around $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 approximately $75K), is another of the most popular spots for former Virginia Tech students. 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 ($44K). Graduates of Virginia Tech also relocate to Richmond, Va., which is not far away, and Mclean, Va.
Financial compensation is highest for Virginia Tech grads with a Master of Science (MS), Experimental Psychology (average earnings climb to about $141K per year). Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a B.A. in Communication — their annual income amounts to around $43K on average.
About a seventh of Virginia Tech grads wind up using Project Management at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. For former Hokies, proficiency in C# Programming Language warrants a paycheck that is 50 percent more than other alumni salaries. Proficiency in Engineering Design, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel command top-of-the-line rewards as well.
Benefits and Perks
When it comes to paid time off, there is more lenience involving vacation than illness; close to half of the alums get vacation time, whereas just one in three grads get paid sick leave. To plan for old age, almost all alums maintain savings accounts through a company's 401(k) plan. Health coverage is awarded to the vast majority of graduates, and dental insurance is issued to most survey participants as well. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University grads are also lucky enough to receive 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.