Average Salary for Lehigh University Alumni

Lehigh University, a school in Bethlehem, Pa., has roughly 5,000 undergrads. Enthusiasm for athletics forms a core part of campus culture (Go Mountain Hawks!), and students supplement the sports fun by taking full advantage of their school's urban environment. This overview is based on graduates' answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Lehigh University Alumni

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National Salary Data 
Mechanical Engineer
7 salaries
Software Developer
6 salaries
Civil Engineer
4 salaries
Operations Manager
4 salaries
Project Engineer
4 salaries
Senior Technical Consultant
4 salaries
Senior Mechanical Engineer
3 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 29 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 319
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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 belong to a wide range of sectors. A few fields in which grads tend to find work include the financial services industry, the education industry, and the engineering services industry. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the manufacturing industry. It is quite common for Lehigh grads — a demographic that scores high on the SATs — to earn top-notch salaries in the workforce. Lehigh graduates see an average starting salary of $79K.


Lehigh grads who become Senior Electrical Engineers are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, making an average approximately $102K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Senior Technical Consultants and Finance Managers; their salaries approach around $97K and $83K, respectively. Collecting the smallest paychecks are Civil Engineers — they bring in $60K.


A large number of students head to New York, N.Y. after college. With a median salary of $111K, Chicago, Ill. represents the highest-paid city popular among Lehigh grads. Home to the lowest median salary for Lehigh alumni is Washington, DC, a popular place for former students despite its about $62K average paycheck. In addition, Lehigh grads flock to neighboring Philadelphia, Pa. as well as Allentown, Pa.

Degree Major

A graduate with a Master of Science (MS), Chemical Engineering from Lehigh can rake in a whopping average $128K per year, more than any other degree from this school. Those holding a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (CE) are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in $44K on average per year.


Knowledge of People Management seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 14 percent more than their former classmates' salaries (around $90K). Project Management is a popular skill among Lehigh alumni, with nearly one in four grads reporting using it on the job. In addition, those who are savvy in Data Analysis, Microsoft Excel, and Engineering Design are also considered highly skilled.

Benefits and Perks

Though a little less than half of the graduates get paid time off for vacation, only one-third of alumni receive paid sick leave. Health coverage is awarded to a large number of former students, and dental insurance is issued to a fair number of grads as well. A large number of survey participants save for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Other benefits that Lehigh University alumni receive are a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, Southern Methodist University grads (who make an average of $74K) earn salaries most similar to Lehigh alumni. Other schools similar to Lehigh include Teachers College at Columbia University, Fordham University, and Catholic University of America.

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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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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5
based on 57 votes.
$42,642 - $113,550
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