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

Combining good value and great education, the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University is ranked in the top 6 percent of universities by return on investment. Alumni report high financial returns compared to the tuition they paid to attend this a university based in Blacksburg, Va. The school has a strong sports tradition (Go Hokies!) and its urban campus offers many benefits for its students. This overview is based on graduates' answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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College ROI Report

70th

20 Year Net ROI 

$555,000

Annual ROI 

10.1%

Total 4 Year Cost 

$98,000

Compare to Other Schools

College Salary Report

84th

Early Career Salary 

$55,400

Mid-Career Salary 

$100,000

% High Meaning 

47 %

Compare to Other 4-Year Schools

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

Job
National Salary Data 
$0$50K$100K$150K
Software Engineer
18 salaries
$79,028  
   
Mechanical Engineer
14 salaries
$75,150  
Civil Engineer
12 salaries
$68,467  
Senior Software Engineer
12 salaries
$110,869  
Electrical Engineer
11 salaries
$82,676  
Project Engineer
8 salaries
$63,975  
Structural Engineer
7 salaries
$64,927  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 6 Feb 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 571
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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

Professionally, the engineering services industry, IT services, and the financial services industry are popular business areas among Virginia Tech alumni. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the consulting industry. The average starting salary for a graduate of Virginia Tech is $73K.

Jobs

Former Virginia Tech students with an interest in making money consider becoming Senior Software Engineers, the highest-paying gig (average earnings amount to $108K) among this alumni group. Other well-paid jobs include Software Engineers ($80K) and Mechanical Engineers (around $78K). Salaries are anything but generous for Project Engineers, whose earnings rank lowest on the pay scale at $65K.

Locations

Many Virginia Tech students are Washington, DC-bound following college. The top-paying city popular with Virginia Tech alumni is Arlington, Va., which offers a median salary of about $80K. Relative to other popular cities, Blacksburg ranks low on the pay scale (average pay is approximately $40K); 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. Neighboring Richmond, Va. is another common pick among Virginia Tech grads, along with Roanoke, Va.

Degree Major

Virginia Tech grads who hold a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Business Administration can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning an average $113K per year. A B.A. in Communication is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with a median annual pay of approximately $46K.

Skills

Project Management is a popular skill among Virginia Tech alumni, with approximately one in five workers reporting using it on the job. Former Hokies with Java experience garner salaries that are 23 percent more than other grads' salaries. Competency in Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Engineering Design also warrants excellent remuneration.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to benefits, there is room for improvement — only two-fifths of alumni are paid for vacation and just one in four survey participants for sick time. It is no small feat that a large number of respondents are given health coverage, and a strong majority of alums accept dental insurance. Most alums allocate some part of their earnings to a company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. Graduates of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University are also recipients of life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

University of Virginia graduates, who earn around $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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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1660 1960
ACT Scores

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

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %
Salary
$37,361 - $87,236
Salary
$49,255 - $103,053
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 60 votes.
$40,722 - $97,428
$32,000 - $75,983
$44,937 - $95,514
$27,278 - $55,955

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