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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.

Overall College ROI Rank

46
out of 1312
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ROI Rank for Public (In-State) Universities

11
out of 420
 

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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Software Engineer
43 salaries
$81,043  
   
Mechanical Engineer
40 salaries
$67,589  
Electrical Engineer
33 salaries
$72,573  
Design Architect
30 salaries
$65,723  
Civil Engineer
30 salaries
$61,744  
Senior Software Engineer
29 salaries
$101,263  
Project Manager, Construction
23 salaries
$66,872  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 22 Jan 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,858
United States (change)

About This School

222 Burruss Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0131

www.admiss.vt.edu

23,859

State Schools, Research Universities, For Sports Fans

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32 %

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Industry

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.

Gender

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

Jobs

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.

Locations

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.

Employers

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.

Skills

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.

Test Scores

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SAT Scores 1650 1960
ACT Scores

Key Stats for Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %
Salary
$35,096 - $79,027
Salary
$46,195 - $99,475
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
13%

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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