Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Rankings by Salary Score

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Top Rankings

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is ranked on 12 lists of the best colleges by earnings one year out of college.


Salary and Debt by Major at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

We calculated a salary score for each of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's programs by comparing program-specific median alumni earnings to median alumni earnings for the same program across all schools that provide this data. This way, students can compare the relative salary strength of a specific major at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to the same major at other schools. A school's overall score by level is based on the school's by-program performance weighted by student enrollment in each program. Data is sourced from the December 2020 release of the U.S. Department of Education's College Scorecard and reflects median alumni debt upon graduation and median alumni earnings in the year after graduation for students who received federal financial aid. Debt and salary numbers are shown rounded to the nearest $10.

Salary Scores for RPI Bachelor's Degrees

Field of Study Salary Score Employment Rate Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering 50 95% 95% $25,970 $65,750 50
Architecture 80 93% 93% $31,000 $52,730 80
Biology, General 48 86% 86% $26,000 $28,790 48
Biomedical/Medical Engineering 70 95% 95% $26,980 $62,510 70
Business Administration, Management and Operations 99 97% 97% $24,800 $62,260 99
Chemical Engineering 55 98% 98% $26,000 $67,830 55
Civil Engineering 95 95% 95% $27,000 $69,900 95
Computer and Information Sciences, General 95 100% 100% $25,250 $84,650 95
Computer Engineering Technologies/Technicians 98 94% 94% $24,890 $82,190 98
Computer Science 89 92% 92% $25,250 $91,210 89
Design and Applied Arts 100 89% 89% $25,890 $67,660 100
Economics 94 100% 100% Not Reported $66,330 94
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering 68 97% 97% $24,190 $74,580 68
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering 98 95% 95% Not Reported $66,940 98
Industrial Engineering 34 96% 96% $25,000 $64,660 34
Materials Engineering 68 94% 94% $24,560 $68,330 68
Mathematics 95 98% 98% $25,000 $64,000 95
Mechanical Engineering 49 98% 98% $24,190 $65,390 49
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 100 100% 100% $25,630 $68,220 100
Nuclear Engineering 83 96% 96% $26,950 $68,970 83
Physics 54 95% 95% $27,000 $44,750 54

Salary Scores for RPI Master's Degrees

Field of Study Salary Score Employment Rate Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering 32 94% 94% Not Reported $83,550 32
Applied Mathematics 32 96% 96% Not Reported $74,950 32
Architecture 34 100% 100% Not Reported $52,110 34
Business Administration, Management and Operations 55 96% 96% Not Reported $73,450 55
Civil Engineering 22 100% 100% Not Reported $67,100 22
Computer Science 79 95% 95% Not Reported $119,060 79
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods 34 100% 100% Not Reported $75,710 34
Mechanical Engineering 25 100% 100% Not Reported $77,720 25

Most Recent Reviews

Samantha Donovan 3/20/2019

The chemistry program at RPI is thorough and challenging. I fully believe that I received an excellent education here. The chemistry professors are engaging and passionate about their work. The push for undergraduate research has helped me in my graduate studies. However, the chemistry program often comes a distant second to the engineering programs offered by the university. RPI is also incredibly expensive to attend, my expected family contribution nearly doubled from my first to the second year with little... Read More

Tamar 1/29/2018

I had a great time at RPI primarily because of the community that I had. I had joined a sorority, which was a huge aspect of my college career. There were vast research and leadership opportunities. There were also awesome resources for me with difficult courses. Especially with Organic Chemistry! I received great assistance. Although RPI has a bad reputation for the administration, the community and the faculty are amazing and do a wonderful job with the students. It is so easy to get one-on-one attention... Read More