Virginia Tech alumni can most commonly be found in the civil engineering services industry, the architectural services industry, and the architectural and engineering services industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. The most highly represented industry among alumni is the aerospace and defense industry. Those with an education from Virginia Tech earn an average of about $70K.
In the Virginia Tech alumni professional community, Electrical Engineers make the highest median pay (around $95K), though Mechanical Engineers (approximately $82K), and Civil Engineers ($75K) are close competitors. Sliding in near the bottom are Communications Managers, who report earnings of $41K.
Home to a large number of Virginia Tech alums, Washington, DC is by far the most attractive city for these former students. Alexandria, Va. is also a common destination for Virginia Tech grads and offers the best pay with a median salary of $74K. Among popular cities, the lowest average pay is found in Blacksburg at $44K. Regardless of salary, a large portion of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University grads opt to live in the area following graduation. In addition, Virginia Tech grads flock to neighboring Richmond, Va. as well as Mclean, Va.
A Master of Science (MS), Experimental Psychology will compensate Virginia Tech grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in about $141K on average per year. Those holding a B.A. in Communication are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in $43K on average per year.
Competency in Java translates into above-average pay for former Hokies — they earn 36 percent more than their fellow graduates. Nearly one-sixth of grads report using Project Management as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Demonstrated ability in Microsoft Office, Engineering Design, and Microsoft Excel rank among leading skills as well.
Benefits and Perks
Paid vacation days are a given for half of the former students, but only one in three grads are rewarded with paid sick leave. Almost all alumni receive health insurance, and most alums get dental coverage. Nearly all survey participants save for retirement through a 401(k) plan. 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.
Median pay for University of Virginia grads is around $71K, making their salaries most similar to those of 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.