Average Salary for Harvey Mudd College Alumni

Harvey Mudd College, a school in Claremont, Calif., has roughly 1,000 undergrads. Students at the school often study in the liberal arts and sciences. This report is based on the answers of Harvey Mudd graduates who responded to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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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 are found working in a number of different fields including the aerospace product and parts manufacturing industry, the aerospace engineering industry, and the biotechnology research and development industry. Among Harvey Mudd grads, the aerospace and defense industry is a commonly chosen career field. Harvey Mudd graduates in the network and communications services industry are hard pressed to find, with less than five percent of former students taking up work in this field. Reminiscent of their reportedly high performance on the SAT, Harvey Mudd alumni often collect high salaries as well. Former Harvey Mudd graduates bring in around $88K on average.


After graduation, disparities in salary rise to the surface — males earn an average about $92K per year compared to females' $74K.


Among Harvey Mudd alumni, those working as Senior Program Managers report the highest median pay of $151K, followed by Senior Embedded Software Engineers (approximately $119K), and Software Engineers ($106K). Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Electrical Engineers who make an average of $72K.


The most popular destination for former Harvey Mudd students is San Diego, Calif. In addition, former Harvey Mudd students often head to Irvine, Calif. after graduating, where the median salary comes to around $107K in this top-paying city. On the other end, Harvey Mudd grads flock to Long Beach, Calif., which actually offers the weakest median salary of about $68K. Other cities of interest among Harvey Mudd alumni include nearby Los Angeles, Calif. and Seattle, Wash.

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 a median salary of $151K per year. Graduates holding a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry fare the worst in terms of compensation with an average yearly salary of approximately $62K.


Knowledge of Java seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 23 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($108K). Engineering Design is a common skill among Harvey Mudd alumni — just over one in five grads mention using it at work. Proficiency in Project Management, C++, and Matlab command top-of-the-line rewards as well.

Benefits and Perks

Paid time off due to illness is less common here than paid vacation time, slightly more than two-fifths of survey participants report receiving the former, whereas just half of the alumni report receiving the latter. Health insurance benefits extend to nearly all graduates, and most grads sign up for dental plans. Nearly all respondents participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. Harvey Mudd College grads also enjoy benefits like a casual working environment, life insurance, free drinks, and gym / health club / fitness membership.

Related Schools

Grouped among similar schools, Harvey Mudd grads bring in the most amount of money, though the median salary approaches those of Pomona College alumni, whose report a median of $70K. Scripps College, Pitzer College, and Claremont McKenna College are also similar to Harvey Mudd.

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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$43,398 - $93,498
$63,220 - $114,258
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 12 votes.
$75,631 - $123,610
$59,500 - $133,000
$75,000 - $127,000

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