Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Rankings Based on Salary

  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute ranks better than 80% of colleges, based on bachelor's salaries.
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute ranks better than only 28% of colleges, based on debt for a bachelor's degree.
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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Top Rankings

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 a weighted average of all of its program scores. Data is sourced from the U.S. Department of Education's College Scorecard and was last updated in December 2020. It reflects median alumni debt upon graduation and median alumni earnings in the year after graduation for students who received federal financial aid.

Salary Scores for RPI Bachelor's Degrees

RPI ranks higher than 80% of colleges for bachelor's degrees, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering 50% $25,970 $65,753 50%
Architecture 80% $31,000 $52,733 80%
Biology, General 48% $26,000 $28,792 48%
Biomedical/Medical Engineering 70% $26,975 $62,508 70%
Business Administration, Management and Operations 99% $24,802 $62,260 99%
Chemical Engineering 55% $26,000 $67,828 55%
Civil Engineering 95% $27,000 $69,897 95%
Computer and Information Sciences, General 95% $25,250 $84,653 95%
Computer Engineering Technologies/Technicians 98% $24,891 $82,194 98%
Computer Science 89% $25,250 $91,211 89%
Design and Applied Arts 99% $25,888 $67,660 99%
Economics 94% Not Reported $66,325 94%
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering 68% $24,187 $74,576 68%
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering 98% Not Reported $66,941 98%
Industrial Engineering 34% $25,000 $64,659 34%
Materials Engineering 68% $24,555 $68,331 68%
Mathematics 95% $25,000 $63,997 95%
Mechanical Engineering 49% $24,187 $65,386 49%
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 99% $25,626 $68,219 99%
Nuclear Engineering 83% $26,946 $68,965 83%
Physics 54% $27,000 $44,747 54%

Salary Scores for RPI Master's Degrees

RPI ranks higher than 36% of colleges for master's degrees, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering 32% Not Reported $83,546 32%
Applied Mathematics 32% Not Reported $74,953 32%
Architecture 34% Not Reported $52,107 34%
Business Administration, Management and Operations 55% Not Reported $73,446 55%
Civil Engineering 22% Not Reported $67,101 22%
Computer Science 79% Not Reported $119,061 79%
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods 34% Not Reported $75,706 34%
Mechanical Engineering 25% Not Reported $77,715 25%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Reviews

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

Lin D. 3/14/2017

As a minority female engineer, I truly enjoyed my four-year experience at RPI. This was a school that made me feel included, with clubs like Society of Women Engineers and mentors to provide me with guidance. It also provided me with internship and co-op experiences that I could not have gotten on my own without the help of Career Services at RPI.