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

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. Much of campus life revolves around sports (Go Hokies!), and the urban location lets student freely explore the diverse, interesting city at their fingertips. The data for this snapshot was collected from Virginia Tech graduates who took PayScale's 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
National Salary Data 
$0$50K$100K$150K
Mechanical Engineer
28 salaries
$68,871  
   
Electrical Engineer
24 salaries
$72,563  
Software Engineer
21 salaries
$85,001  
Senior Software Engineer
19 salaries
$103,758  
Design Architect
16 salaries
$70,000  
Project Manager, Construction
14 salaries
$73,500  
Civil Engineer
14 salaries
$66,781  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,138
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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 head into a range of vocations when it comes to work; the software development industry, the engineering services industry, and the aerospace and defense industry are just a few professional areas popular among alumni. Among Virginia Tech grads, the consulting industry is a commonly chosen career field. Starting salaries of $72K are the median among Virginia Tech grads.

Gender

After college, a notable gender gap appears: the average female graduate makes around $61K where the average male graduate hauls home approximately $76K.

Jobs

The most generous salaries among Virginia Tech alumni are reportedly earned by Senior Software Engineers, whose median earnings come to $104K, followed by Software Engineers ($83K) and Construction Project Managers ($74K). Civil Engineers pick up about $65K in financial rewards, representing the lowest-paid position among alumni.

Locations

Many Virginia Tech grads end up living in Washington, DC, deeming it the most popular city for former students of this school. Virginia Tech alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in Fairfax, Va., which offers a median salary of $77K. Relative to other popular cities, Blacksburg ranks low on the pay scale (average pay is approximately $50K); however, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University grads enjoy the area so much that they often choose to reside here after graduation despite the drawback in salary. Other common destinations for Virginia Tech grads include close-by Richmond, Va. and Roanoke, Va.

Degree Major

A graduate with a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Business Administration from Virginia Tech can rake in a whopping average $111K per year, more than any other degree from this school. Those holding a Bachelor of Science in Biology are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in about $40K on average per year.

Skills

Former Hokies who have experience with Java can expect to make 27 percent more than other alumni ($92K on average). Proficiency in Project Management is common among Virginia Tech alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, just over a fifth of former students report doing so. In addition, those who are savvy in Microsoft Office, Engineering Design, and Microsoft Excel are also considered highly skilled.

Benefits and Perks

Only about two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and one in four survey participants receive sick leave. A large number of former students opt for a 401(k) to save for retirement. Benefits are rather generous for graduates of this school; most survey participants are rewarded with health insurance and a strong majority of alumni report dental coverage, too. 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

Compensation averages $71K for University of Virginia alumni, making their earnings most comparable 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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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
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
$35,896 - $82,812
Salary
$47,982 - $100,265
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 232 votes.
$40,424 - $94,347
$31,410 - $72,139
$31,808 - $79,111
$55,149 - $97,363

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