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Salary information for students and employers

Important considerations in viewing salary data sources:

  • As you research salary data sources, take note of the methodology.
  • Career and Professional Development advises students to use only free information sources.
  • Fee-based sources are usually intended for human resource professionals who need extensive data to determine salaries to offer.
  • We do not endorse any fee-based services. We do link to data and reports from NACE, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (of which Career and Professional Development is a member). NACE does provide salary reports to members, including fee-based reports. Employers can consider whether they wish to purchase NACE membership, and/or NACE fee-based reports.
  • We provide salary data and links to other resources as a service to our students and to employers interested in recruiting Virginia Tech students.

Virginia Tech co-op and intern first-work-term wages of students enrolled in CEIP:

National open-view data:

  • Use "Intern" in the job title at page to browse salaries anonymously posted by employees and employers.

Fee-based data from and for employers:

  • NACE offers, for a fee, an annual guide to compensation for interns and co-ops. The fee is lower for NACE members. Employers who participated by submitting data can access the report. Employers may wish to learn more about this report to determine if this is something you wish to purchase and/or if you would like to submit data in the future:
    About the NACE Guide to compensation for interns and co-ops.

Data from graduates who completed bachelor's and associate's degrees

  • The First Destination After Undergraduate Degree Report contains data from our annual survey of Virginia Tech graduates completing an undergraduate degree, to learn their first destination, whether working or continuing education.
  • Graduates may self-report continuously from one month prior to commencement to six months after commencement.
  • Grads who report working or military are asked to report their salary, and are asked to report if they received a bonus, the amount, if so.
    See most current salary data.
    See most current bonus data.

Data about graduates who complete master's and doctoral degrees

  • Due to insufficient Ns, and a careful analysis of enrollment by major and response rates, our office does not attempt to collect starting salary data from Virginia Tech graduates who complete master's degrees or Ph.D.s.
  • We advise those seeking graduate degree starting salaries to:
    • View the website of your academic department to see if they collect and publish starting salary data on graduates.
    • Contact your academic department (graduate program director, graduate career advisor, department chair, or others) to ask if your program collects such data (even if you don't find it published online). Ask if the faculty and staff are familiar with the career plans and status of the program's graduates.
    • Consult the Virginia Tech Graduate School. In the past, they have collected data on post-graduation outcomes of graduates.
    • Take advantage of the comprehensive salary research sources below, which in many cases enable you to find data by industry, location, years of work experience, and other factors that can influence salary. This may be more useful than knowing the salaries of a small number of classmates without knowing their industries, locations, and years of prior work experience.

Data on starting salaries for associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees

Career and Professional Development does not own or maintain the websites listed below, and we do not endorse any fee-based products or services listed here. Links are provided as a service to Virginia Tech students. We encourage students to use free services and information only. Fee-based services are generally for human resources professionals.

Government data sources:

Non-government data sources:

  • cost of living calculator
    Compare salary in one city to its value in another city.
  • Career > Salaries by job title and company name
    Salaries based on submissions by anyone. You can view salaries by location, state, city, zipcode, job title, industry, and company. The data may be more useful if you are looking at larger organizations for which more employees submitted salaries. Note the number of submissions in small font.
    Salaries are posted by individuals. You may see some info without creating an account, but may get blocked until you create an account. View by job title or company, and location.
  • Parade Magazine > Annual What People Earn report
    Features anecdotes, not comprehensive data, on salaries of everyday workers in a variety of jobs (and celebrities).
    Free calculator to determine deductions from your gross pay, and thus estimate your net pay.
  • > Free salary and benefits report
    "Give-to-get" tool: you have to provide extensive information to get salary data.
    Includes salary for current job, evaluating a job offer, and researching other jobs.
  • cost of living calculator
    Estimate your current cost of living, how much it would cost to relocate, and the cost of living for your destination.
  • Robert Half Company salary calculators
    Choose field; get ranges based on several factors including specialization, job category, location, years of experience, etc.
    Search U.S. salaries by job title and location.
  • > Cost of living for states and cities in the U.S.
    Shows estimated costs of living in different U.S. states and cities.
    "Give-to-get" tool: you have to provide extensive information to get salary data.
    Contains a number of different resources, including a cost of living calculator.

Financial management help for Virginia Tech students is provided by Hokie Wellness Financial Wellness.

For students: learn about how to respond to questions about expected salary, and how to approach and prepare for negotiation.