Average Salary for Harvey Mudd College Alumni

Around 1,000 people attend Harvey Mudd College, a institution based in Claremont, Calif. The school prioritizes education in the liberal arts and sciences for undergraduate students. The numbers in this rundown were provided by the Harvey Mudd grads who participated in PayScale's salary survey.

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Project Engineer
3 salaries
Product Manager, Software
2 salaries
Software Engineer
2 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
2 salaries
Electrical Engineer
2 salaries
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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. The majority of Harvey Mudd alumni wind up in the aerospace and defense industry. Less than five percent of Harvey Mudd grads move into the network and communications services industry — it is the road least traveled for this demographic. Harvey Mudd alumni rake in larger-than-average salaries, and they also score high on the SATs. Harvey Mudd graduates see an average starting salary of around $87K.


Male graduates on average earn more than female graduates; the first group banks $92K per year, but the second group takes home only about $71K.


The Harvey Mudd alumni who make the most are Software Engineers; they report a median pay of $102K. Project Engineers and Mechanical Engineers draw in a fair amount as well — approximately $84K and $80K, respectively. Electrical Engineers get the short end of the stick when it comes to salary; grads report making an average of $72K in this job.


The most popular destination for former Harvey Mudd students is San Diego, Calif. Los Angeles, Calif. is another hot spot for Harvey Mudd grads, where salaries rank at the top of the pay scale (compensation averages out to approximately $98K). Home to the lowest median salary for Harvey Mudd alumni is Long Beach, Calif., a popular place for former students despite its $68K average paycheck. Seattle, Wash. and Irvine, Calif. are also desirable cities.

Degree Major

A Master of Science (MS), Electrical Engineering (EE) earns Harvey Mudd students the most money after college (an average about $156K per year). Average annual salaries for those with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry are the lowest of the pack, earning around $62K.


Roughly one in four grads report using Engineering Design as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Knowledge of Java seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 22 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($106K). Demonstrated ability in Project Management, Matlab, and C++ rank among leading skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Benefits include paid time off, but vacation days are more heavily handed out than sick days; slightly more than half of the former students report receiving the former, but only two-fifths of alumni report receiving the latter. Health coverage is awarded to the vast majority of survey participants, and dental insurance is issued to most grads as well. The vast majority of alums allocate some part of their earnings to a company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. Additional benefits handed to Harvey Mudd College alumni include a casual working environment, free drinks, life insurance, 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 $67K. Other schools similar to Harvey Mudd include Scripps College, Pitzer College, and Claremont McKenna College.

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SAT Scores 2070 2320
ACT Scores 32 35

Key Stats for Harvey Mudd College


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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5
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