Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Rankings Based on Salary

  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University ranks better than 72% of colleges, based on bachelor's salaries.
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University ranks better than only 43% of colleges, based on debt for a bachelor's degree.
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Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University's Top Rankings

Salary and Debt by Major at Virginia Tech

We calculated a salary score for each of Virginia Tech'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 Virginia Tech 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 Virginia Tech Associate Degrees

Virginia Tech ranks higher than 62% of colleges for associate degrees, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Agricultural Production Operations 62% $11,944 $33,192 62%

Salary Scores for Virginia Tech Bachelor's Degrees

Virginia Tech ranks higher than 72% of colleges for bachelor's degrees, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Accounting and Related Services 96% $22,500 $63,111 96%
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering 56% $27,190 $66,603 56%
Agricultural Business and Management 49% $19,000 $43,575 49%
Agricultural Engineering 30% $22,449 $54,192 30%
Agriculture, General 56% Not Reported $36,992 56%
Animal Sciences 28% $21,112 $27,874 28%
Applied Mathematics 89% $25,500 $75,518 89%
Architecture 84% $31,000 $53,775 84%
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology 11% $22,500 $31,495 11%
Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology 68% $25,000 $37,424 68%
Biology, General 23% $20,854 $25,039 23%
Business Administration, Management and Operations 80% $22,250 $50,320 80%
Business/Commerce, General 99% $27,000 $66,401 99%
Business/Managerial Economics 94% Not Reported $63,005 94%
Chemical Engineering 56% $25,250 $67,995 56%
Chemistry 73% $27,000 $42,682 73%
Civil Engineering 73% $23,500 $64,493 73%
Communication and Media Studies 89% $21,500 $41,317 89%
Computer and Information Sciences, General 96% $22,500 $86,531 96%
Computer Engineering 66% $25,500 $76,658 66%
Construction Engineering 30% $24,500 $66,821 30%
Construction Management 75% $26,026 $69,338 75%
Design and Applied Arts 95% $27,000 $48,432 95%
Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft 93% Not Reported $29,685 93%
Economics 31% $24,150 $43,319 31%
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering 66% $24,500 $73,992 66%
Engineering Mechanics 51% $27,000 $65,320 51%
Engineering-Related Fields 58% $23,581 $63,749 58%
English Language and Literature, General 70% $21,500 $32,569 70%
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences Business Services 69% $25,250 $47,260 69%
Finance and Financial Management Services 88% $22,987 $62,391 88%
Fine and Studio Arts 96% $23,000 $35,276 96%
Food Science and Technology 52% $22,500 $46,087 52%
Foods, Nutrition, and Related Services 33% $23,750 $29,685 33%
Forestry 64% $21,500 $41,565 64%
Geography and Cartography 55% $22,525 $37,208 55%
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences 44% $29,000 $36,134 44%
History 78% $26,744 $36,015 78%
Hospitality Administration/Management 92% $25,403 $46,478 92%
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services 56% $21,500 $30,499 56%
Industrial Engineering 62% $27,000 $70,143 62%
International Relations and National Security Studies 68% $23,017 $40,672 68%
Landscape Architecture 20% Not Reported $43,240 20%
Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services 93% $20,500 $38,289 93%
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods 92% $22,500 $70,196 92%
Marketing 91% $23,619 $51,273 91%
Materials Engineering 46% $25,500 $64,281 46%
Mathematics 74% $24,735 $53,108 74%
Mechanical Engineering 78% $24,250 $70,261 78%
Microbiological Sciences and Immunology 20% $24,076 $28,598 20%
Mining and Mineral Engineering 27% $28,471 $69,617 27%
Natural Resources Conservation and Research 89% $21,000 $41,789 89%
Philosophy 74% Not Reported $35,594 74%
Physics 44% $22,500 $41,937 44%
Plant Sciences 39% $21,500 $35,729 39%
Political Science and Government 55% $20,875 $36,144 55%
Psychology, General 48% $22,046 $29,685 48%
Public Policy Analysis 62% Not Reported $43,798 62%
Sociology 54% $20,500 $33,138 54%
Statistics 33% $25,188 $50,231 33%
Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management 21% $23,625 $24,201 21%

Salary Scores for Virginia Tech Master's Degrees

Virginia Tech ranks higher than 63% of colleges for master's degrees, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Accounting and Related Services 69% $20,500 $64,281 69%
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering 83% Not Reported $98,186 83%
Agricultural Business and Management 71% Not Reported $72,482 71%
Agriculture, General 23% Not Reported $44,468 23%
Architecture 87% $48,113 $60,054 87%
Business Administration, Management and Operations 99% $35,682 $121,046 99%
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 40% $49,976 $53,608 40%
Civil Engineering 50% $21,610 $72,298 50%
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other 86% $30,750 $94,408 86%
Curriculum and Instruction 43% $22,500 $47,987 43%
Educational Administration and Supervision 41% $33,375 $53,358 41%
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering 52% Not Reported $94,408 52%
English Language and Literature, General 40% Not Reported $37,208 40%
Food Science and Technology 48% Not Reported $58,673 48%
Foods, Nutrition, and Related Services 1% Not Reported $29,685 1%
Forestry 31% Not Reported $47,260 31%
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services 0% Not Reported $26,353 0%
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 49% $30,526 $48,139 49%
Mechanical Engineering 11% Not Reported $72,605 11%
Natural Resources Management and Policy 88% $40,495 $60,878 88%
Public Administration 85% $39,005 $66,045 85%
Public Health 19% $35,500 $42,682 19%

Salary Scores for Virginia Tech Doctoral Degrees

Virginia Tech ranks higher than 56% of colleges for doctorates, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Chemistry 69% Not Reported $81,702 69%
Curriculum and Instruction 55% Not Reported $72,448 55%
Educational Administration and Supervision 53% $43,890 $84,653 53%
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering 53% Not Reported $123,314 53%
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services 35% Not Reported $63,997 35%
Mechanical Engineering 57% Not Reported $98,743 57%
Medicine 44% $227,000 $57,175 44%
Psychology, General 73% Not Reported $73,635 73%
Veterinary Medicine 59% $156,615 $81,333 59%

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Reviews

Most Recent Reviews

Anonymous 8/29/2020

A majority of professors in Engineering, Science, and Math were apathetic and did not cover course material well. We were told to purchase textbooks that often did not cover the course material. In many classes, the first test would not take place before the drop/add period. I felt that we were expected to know material that was neither covered in class or in the textbooks. Professors would not show up for office hours or other appointments. My car was towed on multiple occasions, because they didn't inform... Read More

Kendall 8/23/2019

I love Virginia Tech. It is so diverse and everyone feels accepted and at home. In my degree program, Agricultural Sciences, as a future agricultural educator, I don't believe Virginia Tech is the best place to go. Most colleges have a major specifically for agricultural education/future educators, but Virginia Tech doesn't. This program touches mostly on leadership, but misses core subjects about how to be a good educator. I love this campus and community, don't get me wrong. But if you are thinking about... Read More