Average Salary for Harvey Mudd College Alumni

Harvey Mudd College, a school in Claremont, Calif., has roughly 1,000 undergrads. Many students here pick up classes in the liberal arts and sciences. This overview is derived from alumni replies to PayScale's salary survey.

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Harvey Mudd College Alumni

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National Salary Data 
Project Engineer
3 salaries
Product Manager, Software
2 salaries
Software Engineer
2 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
2 salaries
Electrical Engineer
2 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 26 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 47
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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 most highly represented industry among alumni is the aerospace and defense industry. Very few Harvey Mudd grads go into the network and communications services industry; in fact, less than five percent of alumni enter this industry. Students of Harvey Mudd go on to make comfortable salaries after graduation, a trend consistent with the above-average SAT scores reported by this group. Those with an education from Harvey Mudd earn an average of $88K.


It's worth noting that female graduates earn a median salary of about $71K whereas the men's median is approximately $93K.


Among Harvey Mudd alumni, those working as Software Engineers report the highest median pay of $102K, followed by Project Engineers ($84K), and Mechanical Engineers ($80K). Electrical Engineers wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning around $72K.


Many Harvey Mudd grads flock to San Diego, Calif. Another city that attracts a wealth of Harvey Mudd grads is Los Angeles, Calif.; given its high compensation ($98K is the average salary), the city's popularity should come as no surprise. Home to the lowest median salary for Harvey Mudd alumni is Long Beach, Calif., a popular place for former students despite its approximately $68K average paycheck. Other popular cities include Seattle, Wash. and Irvine, Calif.

Degree Major

Harvey Mudd grads who hold a Master of Science (MS), Electrical Engineering (EE) can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning an average around $156K per year. A Bachelor of Science in Chemistry is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with a median annual pay of about $62K.


Harvey Mudd College grads who have experience with Java can expect to make 21 percent more than other alumni ($106K on average). Roughly a fourth of Harvey Mudd grads wind up using Engineering Design at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. Proficiency in Project Management, C++, and Matlab command top-of-the-line rewards as well.

Benefits and Perks

Just over half of the alumni do get paid time off for vacation, but only about two-fifths of alumni get paid sick time. Health benefits extend to the vast majority of grads, and most respondents also receive dental coverage. Nearly all alums report contributing to a 401(k). Harvey Mudd College grads also enjoy benefits like a casual working environment, life insurance, free drinks, and gym / health club / fitness membership.

Related Schools

Scripps College, Pitzer College, and Claremont McKenna College are also similar to Harvey Mudd. 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.

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SAT Scores 2070 2320
ACT Scores 32 35

Key Stats for Harvey Mudd College


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$41,500 - $82,231
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