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Average Salary for Harvey Mudd College Alumni

Founded in Claremont, Calif., Harvey Mudd College is an institution of higher learning for around 1,000 students. The private university has a reputation for being engineering-minded. The numbers in this rundown were provided by the Harvey Mudd grads who participated in PayScale's salary survey.

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Mid-Career Salary Rank for Liberal Arts

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Typical Early Career Salary

Harvey Mudd College Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Software Engineer
5 salaries
Project Engineer
4 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
3 salaries
Senior Embedded Software Engineer
2 salaries
Senior Program Manager (Unspecified Type / General)
2 salaries
Aerospace Engineer
2 salaries
Electrical Engineer
2 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 60

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About This School

301 Platt Blvd.
Claremont, CA 91711



Private School, Engineering, Liberal Arts

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Graduates of Harvey Mudd work in a variety of sectors including the aerospace engineering industry, the aerospace product and parts manufacturing industry, and the medical device research and development industry. The majority of Harvey Mudd alumni wind up in the aerospace and defense industry. True to type, Harvey Mudd alumni go from receiving above-average SAT scores to landing well-paid positions in the workforce. Graduates of Harvey Mudd typically earn approximately $89K.


Male graduates do tend to earn more than female graduates; the first group banks about $90K per year, but the second group takes home only $74K.


Former Harvey Mudd students with an interest in making money consider becoming Senior Embedded Software Engineers, the highest-paying gig (earnings amount to $119K) among this alumni group. Other well-paid jobs include Software Engineers ($101K) and Product Managers of Software ($85K). Collecting the smallest paychecks are Software Development Project Managers — they bring in around $62K.


Those with a degree from Harvey Mudd often relocate to San Diego after college. In addition, former Harvey Mudd students often head to Irvine after graduating, where typical salaries come to about $107K in this top-paying city. On the flipside, the lowest-paying city popular among Harvey Mudd grads is Portland (median compensation is $65K). In addition, Harvey Mudd grads flock to neighboring San Francisco as well as Seattle.

Degree Major

Harvey Mudd College grads who fare the best in terms of salary hold a Master of Science (MS), Electrical Engineering (EE) and earn approximately $151K per year. A Master of Business Administration (MBA), Entrepreneurship & Leadership commands less pay, and these degree-holders face salaries of $62K.


Proficiency in Engineering Design is common among Harvey Mudd alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, just under a fourth of former students report doing so. Knowledge of Java seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 21 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($108K). Demonstrated ability in Project Management, C++, and Matlab rank among leading skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only half of the alumni for this school enjoy paid vacation days and about two-fifths of alumni get paid sick time. Nearly all grads receive health insurance, and most grads get dental coverage. Nearly all respondents plan for retirement by taking advantage of a company-sponsored 401(k) program. Other benefits that Harvey Mudd College alumni receive are a casual working environment, life insurance, free drinks, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

Other schools similar to Harvey Mudd include Scripps College, Pitzer College, and Pomona College. Compensation is highest for Harvey Mudd grads among alumni salaries of comparable schools, but graduates of Claremont McKenna College are not far behind on the pay scale with average earnings of $73K.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 2070 2320
ACT Scores 32 35

Key Stats for Harvey Mudd College


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$45,338 - $93,164
$62,116 - $116,749
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
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20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 22 votes.
$76,954 - $119,390
$60,000 - $147,395
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