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

Around 24,000 people attend Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, a public research institution based in Blacksburg, Va. The school is known for its strong athletic tradition (Go Hokies!), and the urban environment gives students ample opportunity to discover new neighborhoods, restaurants, concerts, and more. This overview is derived from alumni replies to PayScale's salary survey.

Overall College ROI Rank

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ROI Rank for Public (In-State) Universities

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Mid-Career Salary Rank for State School

out of 445

Typical Early Career Salary

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) Alumni

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Software Engineer
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Mechanical Engineer
45 salaries
Electrical Engineer
38 salaries
Civil Engineer
34 salaries
Design Architect
32 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
30 salaries
Project Manager, Construction
25 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 10 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,043
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Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) Details

222 Burruss Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0131



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Former Virginia Tech students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including the aerospace and defense industry, the software development industry, and the architectural services industry. The most popular professional field seems to be the consulting industry. Typical pay for those who graduated from Virginia Tech amounts to about $71K.


After graduation, women go on to earn an average of $58K per year compared to men, who earn approximately $75K.


In the Virginia Tech alumni professional community, Senior Software Engineers make the highest median pay ($101K), though Software Engineers ($80K), and Electrical Engineers ($74K) are close competitors. Salaries are anything but generous for Civil Engineers, where earnings rank lowest on the pay scale at around $61K.


Many Virginia Tech grads flock to Washington, DC. It is also not uncommon to find former Virginia Tech students living and working in Fairfax — this top-paying city is a popular destination with a median salary of $74K. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University alumni often stay in Blacksburg following graduation despite having one of the lowest median salaries among popular cities ($53K). Close-by Richmond and Roanoke are also desirable cities among Virginia Tech alumni.


Graduates of Virginia Tech can earn the biggest bucks at U.S. Navy ($106K). Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) hands out the smallest paychecks, where median earnings come out to about $51K.

Degree Major

With annual earnings of $106K per year, former Hokies who have a Master of Science (MS), Computer Science (CS) are the best paid among the alumni population. Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a Bachelor of Science in Biology — their annual income amounts to around $42K on average.


Project Management is a common skill among Virginia Tech alumni — one-fifth of grads mention using it at work. Knowledge of Java seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 18 percent more than their former classmates' salaries (approximately $83K). Competency in Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Engineering Design also warrants excellent retribution.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni for this school enjoy paid vacation days and about one in four survey participants get paid sick time. A solid majority of graduates participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. It is no small feat that the greater part of grads are given health coverage, and a fair portion of grads accept dental insurance. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University alumni are also on the receiving end of life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

University of Virginia graduates, who earn $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.

Test Scores

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Key Stats

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Less than 1 year
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5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 602 votes.
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