Students looking for a top-value school need look no further than the University of Pittsburgh. It is a university based in Pittsburgh, Pa. that is ranked in the top 25 percent of universities by return on investment. Most often cast as a die-hard sports school first, University of Pittsburgh students study hard as they cheer on the Panthers. English is one of the most popular majors at the University of Pittsburgh, and the student ranks boast SAT and ACT test scores that sit well above the national average. This report is based on the responses of Pitt graduates who completed the PayScale salary survey.

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University of Pittsburgh - Main Campus Median Salary by Job


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  • Updated: 8 Jun 2019
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About This School

4200 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus, University of Pittsburgh


Research University, State School, For Sports Fans

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Graduates of Pitt work in a variety of sectors including the education industry, the financial services industry, and the consulting industry. Among Pitt grads, the health care industry is a commonly chosen career field. Those with an education from Pitt earn an average of $67K.


There's a noticeable difference between the genders; where the average man hauls in about $73K after graduating from Pitt, the average woman earns only around $60K.


Senior Software Engineers win the contest for best-paid Pitt alumni, making $102K on average every year, though Process Engineers ($75K), and Software Engineers ($73K) are not far behind. Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Financial Analysts who make an average of approximately $58K.


Many Pitt alumni seem to stick around Pittsburgh after wrapping up their studies; more than two-fifths of grads remain to find permanent work. The top-paying city popular with Pitt alumni is Boston, Mass., which offers a median salary of $88K. Philadelphia, Pa. is a popular spot for former Pitt students at the opposite end of the pay scale; in fact, average salaries there are the lowest at approximately $62K. New York, N.Y. and Washington, DC also rank high on the list of cities.

Degree Major

Pitt grads who hold a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Finance can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning an average $104K per year. Average annual salaries for those with a Master of Social Work (MSW) are the lowest of the pack, earning about $45K.


Competency in People Management translates into above-average pay for former Panthers — they earn 21 percent more than their fellow graduates. Project Management is a popular skill among Pitt alumni, with close to one-seventh of workers reporting using it on the job. In addition, those who are savvy in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis are also considered highly skilled.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to benefits, there is room for improvement — only one in three grads are paid for vacation and just one-fifth of alumni for sick time. A large number of respondents save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. A large number of former students enjoy benefits like health insurance, while a strong majority of grads receive dental plans, too. University of Pittsburgh alumni are rewarded with additional benefits, such as a casual working environment, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Schools similar to Pitt include Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus, Ohio State University-Main Campus, and the University of Delaware.

University of Pittsburgh - Main Campus Job Listings

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1750 2020
ACT Scores 26 31

Key Stats for University of Pittsburgh - Main Campus


46 %
54 %
$38,271 - $82,661
$45,415 - $99,490

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1195 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
$39,020 - $86,178
$41,094 - $86,024
$40,855 - $98,583
$40,441 - $90,483
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