Lehigh University Alumni Average Salary

Around 5,000 people attend Lehigh University, a institution based in Bethlehem, Pa. 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. Figures cited in this summary are based on graduates' replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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College ROI Report

33rd

20 Year Net ROI 

$693,000

Annual ROI 

7.4%

Total 4 Year Cost 

$226,000

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College Salary Report

26th

Early Career Salary 

$62,900

Mid-Career Salary 

$112,000

% High Meaning 

52 %

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Lehigh University Alumni

Median Salary by Job

Job
National Salary Data 
$0$27K$54K$81K
Mechanical Engineer
34 salaries
$76,210  
   
Software Engineer
18 salaries
$78,000  
Electrical Engineer
18 salaries
$80,104  
Process Engineer
16 salaries
$70,577  
Structural Engineer
16 salaries
$68,160  
Project Engineer
14 salaries
$78,211  
Software Developer
9 salaries
$70,205  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Nov 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 925
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About This School

27 Memorial Drive West
Bethlehem, PA 18015

www.lehigh.edu/admissions

4,931

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

86 %

37 %

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Industry

Lehigh alumni belong to a wide range of sectors. A few fields in which grads tend to find work include the aerospace and defense industry, the medical device manufacturing industry, and the pharmaceutical research and development industry. The majority of Lehigh alumni wind up in the engineering services industry. Students of Lehigh go on to make comfortable salaries after graduation, a trend consistent with the high graduation rates and above-average SAT scores reported by this group. Those with an education from Lehigh earn an average of $79K.

Jobs

The Lehigh alumni who make the most are Marketing VPs; they report a median pay of approximately $130K. Engineering Project Managers and Senior Mechanical Engineers draw in a fair amount as well — $106K and about $86K, respectively. On the lower end, Mechanical Engineers report making around $74K.

Locations

Many Lehigh students are New York, N.Y.-bound following college. It is no surprise that Boston, Mass., which hands out the biggest paychecks (the average salary is $107K), is another of the most popular spots for former Lehigh students. Many former Mountain Hawks can't resist staying in Bethlehem after graduating despite the median salary there ranking lowest among popular cities ($50K). Lehigh alumni express interest in nearby Allentown, Pa. and Philadelphia, Pa. as well.

Degree Major

Lehigh grads who hold a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Business Administration can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning an average approximately $114K per year. Those holding a Doctorate (PhD) are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in $50K on average per year.

Skills

Former Mountain Hawks with Process Improvement abilities can expect to make 17 percent more than their former classmates (around $92K). Lehigh grads are usually competent in Project Management, and just under a third of alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design are among other dominant skills.

Benefits and Perks

Though a majority of alums get paid time off for vacation, only one-third of alumni receive paid sick leave. Nearly all former students have medical plans, and a strong majority of survey participants have dental insurance. Almost all survey participants save for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Other benefits that Lehigh University alumni receive are life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Saint Louis University grads bring in salaries of around about $78K, making them the most similar to Lehigh alumni in terms of earnings. Other schools similar to Lehigh include Teachers College at Columbia University, Fordham University, and Catholic University of America.

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Key Stats for Lehigh University

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %
Salary
$35,745 - $98,303
Salary
$49,495 - $85,592
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 3 votes.

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