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Average Salary for Lehigh University Alumni

It's hard to find a better value for your tuition dollar than Lehigh University, a private research university based in Bethlehem, Pa., that is ranked in the top 5 percent of universities by ROI. This synopsis is derived from the responses of former Lehigh students who took PayScale's salary survey.

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ROI Rank for Private not-for-profit Universities

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Typical Early Career Salary

Lehigh University Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
Structural Engineer
9 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
8 salaries
Project Engineer
7 salaries
Civil Engineer
6 salaries
Software Engineer
6 salaries
Software Developer
6 salaries
Design Engineer
5 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 426

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About This School

27 Memorial Drive West
Bethlehem, PA 18015



Private School, Research University, Party School, For Sports Fans

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Lehigh alumni can most commonly be found in the aerospace and defense industry, the consulting industry, and the manufacturing industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. The majority of Lehigh alumni wind up in the financial services industry. Consistent with the high SAT scores and graduation rates reported by Lehigh alumni, former students go on to earn high salaries. Typical pay for those who graduated from Lehigh amounts to $79K.


Among Lehigh graduates, the biggest earners are Software Engineers, who haul in about $82K on average. Next on the list are Project Engineers and Mechanical Engineers, bringing in $71K each. Collecting the smallest paychecks are Structural Engineers — they bring in $60K.


New York is a hub for Lehigh graduates — a large number call this city home. Lehigh alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in Houston, which offers median salaries of around $110K. On the other hand, Lehigh alumni who end up in Pittsburgh receive the lowest median salaries of $61K. Other popular cities for Lehigh alumni include nearby Philadelphia and Bethlehem.


For above-average pay, former Lehigh students find their way to Merck & Co., Inc. — the company offers unbeatable salaries at approximately $94K. In contrast, alums who work at The Boeing Company face the lowest salaries at around $82K on average.

Degree Major

A Master of Business Administration (MBA), Business Management will compensate Lehigh grads at a much higher rate than other fields — these alums tend to rake in about $168K per year. A Bachelor of Science in Business & Marketing offers the lowest annual financial reward ($43K).


For former Mountain Hawks, proficiency in People Management warrants a paycheck that is 20 percent more than other alumni salaries. Many Lehigh grads have knowledge of Project Management, with nearly one in four alumni using this program on the clock. Engineering Design, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Just half of the alumni enjoy paid vacation and merely one in three grads get paid sick time. Dental insurance applies to a fair portion of alums, and a solid majority of survey participants report health coverage. A strong majority of grads set up a 401(k) to save for retirement. Lehigh University graduates also take advantage of life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Median pay for Southern Methodist University grads is $72K, making their salaries most similar to those of Lehigh grads. Teachers College at Columbia University, Fordham University, and Catholic University of America are also similar to Lehigh.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
1220 1410
ACT Scores 28 32

Key Stats for Lehigh University


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$40,864 - $90,328
$48,546 - $112,442
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 158 votes.
$48,645 - $107,261
$35,542 - $90,041
$42,538 - $131,150
$40,123 - $91,475
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