Average Salary for Lehigh University Alumni

Nestled away in Bethlehem, Pa., Lehigh University, a school, has a student population of roughly 5,000. Sports have an undeniably strong influence on campus life (Go Mountain Hawks!), and students exploit the school's urban location by exploring the rich resources of their city. This report is based on the answers of Lehigh graduates who responded to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location.
Mechanical Engineer
7 salaries
Software Developer
6 salaries
Structural Engineer
6 salaries
Civil Engineer
5 salaries
Project Engineer
5 salaries
Software Engineer
5 salaries
Design Engineer
5 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 356
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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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Graduates of Lehigh are found working in a number of different fields including the manufacturing industry, the engineering services industry, and the aerospace and defense industry. The financial services industry registers as the most common industry among alumni. 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 make an average of around $79K.


Among Lehigh graduates, the biggest earners are Software Engineers, who haul in about $90K on average. Next on the list are Mechanical Engineers and Project Engineers, bringing in $74K and $70K, respectively. Structural Engineers pick up $60K in financial rewards, representing the lowest-paid position among alumni.


New York, N.Y. is filled with Lehigh grads. Chicago, Ill. is also a common destination for Lehigh grads and offers the best pay with a median salary of $111K. On the flipside, the lowest-paying city popular among Lehigh grads is Washington, DC (median compensation is approximately $62K). Lehigh alumni express interest in nearby Philadelphia, Pa. and Allentown, Pa. as well.

Degree Major

A Master of Business Administration (MBA), Business Management earns Lehigh students the most money after college (an average $180K per year). A B.A. in Psychology commands less pay, and these degree-holders face median pay of around $49K.


Project Management is a popular skill among Lehigh alumni, with one in four workers reporting using it on the job. Former Mountain Hawks who have experience with Strategic Planning can expect to make 27 percent more than other alumni ($100K on average). Other top skills include Data Analysis, Microsoft Excel, and Engineering Design.

Benefits and Perks

A little less than half of the alums can rely on paid vacation days, but just one in three grads have the luxury of paid sick time. A large number of survey participants have medical plans, and a fair number of alumni have dental insurance. Most respondents participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. Lehigh University alumni are also on the receiving end of a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

Median pay for Southern Methodist University grads is about $74K, 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.

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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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$39,417 - $93,055
$46,482 - $106,640
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