Professionally, the aerospace and defense industry, the engineering services industry, and IT services are popular business areas among Virginia Tech alumni. The most popular professional field seems to be the consulting industry. Graduates of Virginia Tech earn about $71K on average.
It's worth noting that female graduates earn a median salary of $62K whereas the men's median is $76K.
In the Virginia Tech alumni professional community, Senior Software Engineers make the highest median pay (around $106K), though Software Engineers (approximately $81K), and Project Managers ($78K) are close competitors. On the lower end, Civil Engineers report making $64K.
Washington, DC is a hot spot for Virginia Tech alum. It is no surprise that Fairfax, Va., which hands out the biggest paychecks (the average salary is around $77K), is another of the most popular spots for former Virginia Tech students. Many former Hokies can't resist staying in Blacksburg after graduating despite the median salary there ranking lowest among popular cities ($56K). Other popular cities for Virginia Tech alumni include nearby Richmond, Va. and Roanoke, Va.
A Master of Business Administration (MBA), Business Administration leads to the highest pay for Virginia Tech grads (approximately $109K on average per year). A Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) offers the lowest median annual financial reward (about $49K).
For former Hokies, proficiency in Java warrants a paycheck that is 17 percent more than other alumni salaries. Many Virginia Tech grads have knowledge of Project Management, with approximately one in five alumni using this program on the clock. Experience with Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design is highly valued as well.
Benefits and Perks
Only about one-third of alumni enjoy paid vacation and one-fifth of alumni receive sick leave. To plan for old age, most former students maintain savings accounts through a company's 401(k) plan. Health coverage is awarded to most alums, and dental insurance is issued to a strong majority of respondents as well. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University alumni are rewarded with additional benefits, such as a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.
University of Virginia grads report the most similar salaries to Virginia Tech alums, earning $71K on average. Other schools similar to Virginia Tech include Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and North Carolina State University at Raleigh.