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Average Salary for Lehigh University Alumni

Lehigh University, a private research institution planted in Bethlehem, Pa., with around 5,000 undergraduates, provides an excellent blend of education and price, strongly ranked in the top 5 percent of universities by ROI. The school's students are known for their hard partying ways as well as their die-hard commitment to sports (Go Mountain Hawks!). This overview is based on graduates' answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Mechanical Engineer
18 salaries
Structural Engineer
11 salaries
Software Engineer
10 salaries
Project Engineer
9 salaries
Software Developer
8 salaries
Civil Engineer
7 salaries
Design Engineer
7 salaries
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Lehigh University Details


27 Memorial Drive West
Bethlehem, PA 18015

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Private Schools, Research Universities, Party Schools, For Sports Fans

Graduation Rate:

88 %


37 %

% Stay In State:

29 %

% Receiving Pell Grants:

14 %
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The consulting industry, the aerospace and defense industry, and the engineering services industry are just a few of the areas in which Lehigh grads find work. The most popular career sector among alumni is the financial services industry. True to type, Lehigh alumni go from seeing above-average SAT scores and excellent graduation rates to landing well-paid positions in the workforce. Those with a degree from Lehigh tend to make $79K.


In the Lehigh alumni professional community, Software Engineers make the highest median pay (approximately $82K), though Project Engineers and Mechanical Engineers (both at around $71K) are close competitors. Sliding in near the bottom are Structural Engineers, who report earnings of about $60K.


Many Lehigh grads end up living in New York, deeming it the most popular city for former students of this school. The top-paying city popular with Lehigh alumni is Chicago, which offers median salaries of $112K. On the flipside, the lowest-paying city popular among Lehigh grads is Washington, DC (median compensation is $65K). Graduates of Lehigh also relocate to Philadelphia, which is not far away, and Bethlehem.


Typical salaries reach $92K at Merck & Co., Inc., where former Lehigh students can easily make the most money. The Boeing Company hands out the smallest paychecks, where median earnings come out to approximately $82K.

Degree Major

A graduate with a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Business Management from Lehigh can rake in a whopping about $147K per year, more than any other degree from this school. A Bachelor of Science in Business & Marketing offers the lowest annual financial reward ($41K).


Project Management is a common skill among Lehigh alumni — nearly one in four grads mention using it at work. For former Mountain Hawks, proficiency in Product Development warrants a paycheck that is 10 percent more than other alumni salaries. Competency in Microsoft Excel, Engineering Design, and Microsoft Office also warrants excellent retribution.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni for this school enjoy paid vacation days and about one-third of alumni get paid sick time. A solid majority of respondents set up a 401(k) to save for retirement. For this school, a strong majority of respondents are the recipients of health benefits, and a fair portion of alums pick up dental plans, too. Lehigh University alumni are also on the receiving end 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 $77K, making their salaries most similar to those of Lehigh grads. Other schools similar to Lehigh include Teachers College at Columbia University, Fordham University, and Catholic University of America.

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Test Scores
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SAT Scores* 1200 1400
ACT Scores 28 31

Key Stats



30 %

female alumni


70 %

male alumni
$40,619 - $89,597
$48,470 - $112,121

Years of Experience

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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5
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