The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a school in Troy, N.Y., has roughly 6,000 undergrads. This summary is derived from information given by RPI grads who completed the PayScale salary survey.

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6.8 %

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Median Salary by Job



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  • Updated: 14 Sep 2019
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About This School

110 8th St
Troy, NY 12180-3590


Engineering, Private School, Research University

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Graduates of RPI are found working in a number of different fields including the engineering services industry, the consulting industry, and the software development industry. The most popular career sector among alumni is the aerospace and defense industry. RPI graduates in the manufacturing industry are hard pressed to find, with less than five percent of former students taking up work in this field. Pulling in paychecks on the larger end are RPI grads, which is not shocking considering the high SAT scores reported by this demographic. Those with a degree from RPI make an average of around $85K.


There is a sizable difference between men's post-college salaries and women's: the median for the former is $89K, but the median for the latter is only about $72K.


In the RPI alumni professional community, Senior Software Engineers make the highest median pay ($109K), though Senior Mechanical Engineers ($89K), and Software Engineers ($85K) are close competitors. Mechanical Engineers pick up approximately $72K in financial rewards, representing the lowest-paid position among alumni.


New York, N.Y. is a hub for RPI graduates — a large number call this city home. It is no surprise that Houston, Texas, which hands out the biggest paychecks (the average salary is $114K), is another of the most popular spots for former RPI students. Home to the lowest median salary for RPI alumni is Albany, N.Y., a popular place for former students despite its $76K average paycheck. Graduates also relocate to Boston, Mass. and Hartford, Conn.

Degree Major

With a median annual earnings of $139K per year, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute grads who have a Master of Science (MS), Electrical Engineering (EE) are the best paid among the alumni population. Average annual salaries for those with a Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) are the lowest of the pack, earning approximately $59K.


Competency in Product Development translates into above-average pay for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute grads — they earn 19 percent more than their fellow graduates. Proficiency in Project Management is common among RPI alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, between a fifth and a fourth of former students report doing so. Competency in Engineering Design, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office also warrants excellent remuneration.

Benefits and Perks

Only one in three grads for this school enjoy paid vacation days and about one in five survey participants get paid sick time. Almost all graduates allocate some part of their earnings to a company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. It is no small feat that the vast majority of grads are given health coverage, and most grads accept dental insurance. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute graduates also take advantage of a casual working environment, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Alumni of Harvard University pick up average paychecks of $83K, which is closest to the amount made by RPI grads among similar schools. Brandeis University, Tufts University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are also similar to RPI.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Job Listings

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
1280 1490
ACT Scores 28 32

Key Stats for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)


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$51,335 - $97,963
$59,743 - $121,597

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 802 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
$75,537 - $126,626
$64,376 - $100,841
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$59,784 - $121,442
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$58,695 - $114,127

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