Lehigh University Alumni Average Salary

Around 5,000 people attend Lehigh University, a institution based in Bethlehem, Pa. Students here support their sports teams in droves (Go Mountain Hawks!), and the urban campus allows them to explore the city's many neighborhoods and cultural events. The information for this snapshot was generated by alumni responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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Mechanical Engineer
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Structural Engineer
19 salaries
Electrical Engineer
19 salaries
Software Engineer
18 salaries
Process Engineer
16 salaries
Project Engineer
14 salaries
Software Developer
8 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Aug 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 936
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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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The manufacturing industry, the aerospace and defense industry, and the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry are just a few of the areas in which Lehigh grads find work. Among Lehigh grads, the financial services industry is a commonly chosen career field. True to type, Lehigh alumni go from receiving above-average SAT scores to landing well-paid positions in the workforce. Graduates of Lehigh earn $77K on average.


Former Lehigh students with an interest in making money consider becoming Senior Electrical Engineers, the highest-paying gig (average earnings amount to around $98K) among this alumni group. Other well-paid jobs include Senior Mechanical Engineers (about $88K) and Mechanical Engineers ($79K). Sliding in near the bottom are Software Developers, who report earnings of $36K.


New York, N.Y. is a hot spot for Lehigh alum. Houston, Texas is another hot spot for Lehigh grads, where salaries rank at the top of the pay scale (compensation averages out to $94K). Washington, DC is a popular spot for former Lehigh students at the opposite end of the pay scale; in fact, average salaries there are the lowest at approximately $63K. In addition, Lehigh grads flock to neighboring Philadelphia, Pa. as well as Allentown, Pa.

Degree Major

Former Mountain Hawks who fare the best in terms of salary hold a Master of Science (MS), Electrical Engineering (EE) and earn a median salary of $113K per year. Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (CS) & Engineering — their annual income amounts to $36K on average.


Competency in Microsoft Word translates into above-average pay for former Mountain Hawks — they earn 18 percent more than their fellow graduates. Just over a fifth of Lehigh grads wind up using Project Management at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. Also considered top-notch skills are Data Analysis, Engineering Design, and Microsoft Excel.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni earn paid vacation and just one in three grads get paid sick time. Health benefits extend to the vast majority of graduates, and a strong majority of respondents also receive dental coverage. The vast majority of grads plan for retirement by taking advantage of a company-sponsored 401(k) program. Lehigh University graduates also take advantage of life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

Catholic University of America grads report the most similar salaries to Lehigh alums, earning around $73K on average. Teachers College at Columbia University, Fordham University, and Howard University are also similar to Lehigh.

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