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Best Engineering Colleges By Salary Potential

If you're considering one of these engineering colleges for your undergraduate degree, there are a number of factors to consider. But, don't overlook salary potential. Which engineering schools top the list in terms of the median salary of its grads? PayScale has done the research to find out.


Methodology
Annual pay for Bachelors graduates without higher degrees. Typical starting graduates have 3 years of experience; mid-career have 15.5 years. See full methodology for more.

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Best Engineering Colleges By Salary Potential - Full List
Best Engineering CollegesStarting Median SalaryMid-Career Median Salary
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)$72,200$126,000
California Institute of Technology (CIT)$75,500$123,000
Harvey Mudd College$71,800$122,000
Polytechnic University of New York, Brooklyn$62,400$114,000
Cooper Union$62,200$114,000
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)$61,000$114,000
Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)$61,800$111,000
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)$61,100$110,000
Georgia Institute of Technology$58,300$106,000
Colorado School of Mines$58,100$106,000
Stevens Institute of Technology$60,600$105,000
Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT)$56,000$97,800
Wentworth Institute of Technology$53,000$96,700
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)$53,500$95,400
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology$55,800$93,400
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (New Mexico Tech)$51,000$93,400
Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)$48,900$84,600
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU)$52,700$80,700
Tennessee Technological University$46,200$80,000
Methodology
This chart is based upon PayScale Salary Survey data for Bachelors graduates without higher degrees who are full-time employees in the United States. These results may not represent all attendees of these colleges. Salary is the sum of compensation from base salary, bonuses, profit sharing, commissions, and overtime, if applicable, but does not include equity (stock) compensation. See full methodology for more.