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

The Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University is a school located in Blacksburg, Va. with around 24,000 undergraduates. Alumni report earning excellent value for their tuition dollars; the school ranks in the top 6 percent of universities by return on investment. Enthusiasm for sports runs deep here (Go Hokies!), and the urban location affords rich cultural experiences for the students. Alumni responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.

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College ROI Report

59th

20 Year Net ROI 

$582,000

Annual ROI 

10.0%

Total 4 Year Cost 

$102,000

Compare to Other Schools

College Salary Report

111th

Early Career Salary 

$58,600

Mid-Career Salary 

$110,200

% High Meaning 

48 %

Compare to Other 4-Year Schools

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) Median Salary by Job

MinMax

Mechanical Engineer
119 profiles
$69,413
$54K$91K

Software Engineer
102 profiles
$81,307
$62K$122K

Civil Engineer
71 profiles
$65,309
$52K$85K

United States (change)

Electrical Engineer
57 profiles
$75,288
$59K$98K

Project Engineer
55 profiles
$67,827
$54K$93K

Project Manager, (Unspecified Type / General)
44 profiles
$77,544
$49K$114K

Senior Software Engineer
38 profiles
$113,219
$84K$152K

  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 3,517
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Find out more about Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) pay

About This School

210 Burruss Hall, 800 Drillfield Dr.
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0131

www.admiss.vt.edu

26,211

Research University, State School, For Sports Fans

83 %

38 %

47 %

15 %

Industry

Virginia Tech alumni can most commonly be found in the civil engineering services industry, the architectural services industry, and the architectural and engineering services industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. The most highly represented industry among alumni is the aerospace and defense industry. Those with an education from Virginia Tech earn an average of about $70K.

Jobs

In the Virginia Tech alumni professional community, Electrical Engineers make the highest median pay (around $95K), though Mechanical Engineers (approximately $82K), and Civil Engineers ($75K) are close competitors. Sliding in near the bottom are Communications Managers, who report earnings of $41K.

Locations

Home to a large number of Virginia Tech alums, Washington, DC is by far the most attractive city for these former students. Alexandria, Va. is also a common destination for Virginia Tech grads and offers the best pay with a median salary of $74K. Among popular cities, the lowest average pay is found in Blacksburg at $44K. Regardless of salary, a large portion of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University grads opt to live in the area following graduation. In addition, Virginia Tech grads flock to neighboring Richmond, Va. as well as Mclean, Va.

Degree Major

A Master of Science (MS), Experimental Psychology will compensate Virginia Tech grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in about $141K on average per year. Those holding a B.A. in Communication are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in $43K on average per year.

Skills

Competency in Java translates into above-average pay for former Hokies — they earn 36 percent more than their fellow graduates. Nearly one-sixth of grads report using Project Management as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Demonstrated ability in Microsoft Office, Engineering Design, and Microsoft Excel rank among leading skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Paid vacation days are a given for half of the former students, but only one in three grads are rewarded with paid sick leave. Almost all alumni receive health insurance, and most alums get dental coverage. Nearly all survey participants save for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University grads are also lucky enough to receive life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Median pay for University of Virginia grads is around $71K, making their salaries most similar to those of 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 1630 1950
ACT Scores

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

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %
Salary
$36,241 - $90,238
Salary
$45,343 - $106,588

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 14 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
9%
$41,136 - $87,792
$53,327 - $107,442
$40,223 - $73,182
$70,500 - $95,759
Community School of Naples
$62,500
$89,000
$33,430 - $88,510
$65,000 - $111,500
$33,600 - $53,392
$46,500 - $103,500

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