Salary Information

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.
  • With the exception of data and reports from NACE, the National Association of Colleges and Employers, of which Career and Professional Development is a member, and from which we receive salary reports for members, we do not endorse any fee-based services.
  • 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:

  • Students enrolled in the Undergraduate Cooperative Education and Internship Program [CEIP], are asked to report their pay rate. See CEIP first work term wages.
  • Please note that over a several year period:
    • Engineering majors have accounted for 82-92% of co-op enrollees.
    • Business majors have accounted for 5-13% of co-op enrollees.

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 Graduation Report contains data from our annual survey of Virginia Tech graduates completing an undergraduate degree. Graduates may self-report continuously from one month prior to commencement to six months after commencement. The purpose is to learn graduates' first destination after the undergraduate degree, whether continuing education, or employed. After the survey closes, the report is published the winter following May commencement.
  • Employed respondents are asked to report their salary, whether or not they received a bonus, and amount, if so. The last completed survey had 69% response by the graduates; not all of them are employed; and not all of those who state they are employed report salary. In the report, you'll see the exact number who report salary for each major and college.
  • View salary chart by college and major.
    Report includes medians* and percentiles*, if reporting numbers are sufficient*, by college and by major, of salaries reported by employed graduates. Numbers and percentages of graduates, and reporting each statistic are shown.  
    * Median salary is reported if at least four graduates reported a salary.
    * 25th and 75th percentiles are reported if at least 12 graduates reported a salary.
    We do not report averages because they can be skewed by outliers.
  • View bonus chart by college and major.
    Bonus median is shown if four or more graduates reported a bonus amount.

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 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.

  • National Association of Colleges and Employers [NACE] gathers, analyzes, and publishes salary information to assist new graduates and employers.
  • NACE articles on compensation.
  • NACE salary reports  [free to members]
    Member-only hard-copy reports are housed in Career and Professional Development.
    As a NACE member, we receive a detailed print report with salary data by curriculum and employer industry. This includes starting salary data for all degree levels [associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral]. We are happy to share this information with students and employers as follows:
    • Students are welcome to view this information in our office during office hours. Come to our reception desk and ask to view the NACE salary report. Students who want assistance in interpreting the information are welcome to seek advising and we will be happy to assist you.
    • Employers are welcome to contact our employer relations staff for information contained in that report. Employers can learn more about NACE resources for members.

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.