Average Salary for Lehigh University Alumni

Lehigh University, a school in Bethlehem, Pa., has roughly 5,000 undergrads. Students thrive off the school's sports-centered energy and urban environment, which offers countless areas to explore and numerous ways to keep busy. This overview is derived from alumni replies to PayScale's salary survey.

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Overall College ROI Rank

52
out of 1223
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ROI Rank for Private not-for-profit Universities

28
out of 402
 

Mid-Career Salary Rank for Party School

1
out of 20

Typical Early Career Salary

$60,400
Lehigh University Alumni

Median Salary by Job

Job
National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Mechanical Engineer
8 salaries
$71,765  
   
Structural Engineer
6 salaries
$59,580  
Software Developer
6 salaries
$65,669  
Project Engineer
6 salaries
$66,500  
Finance Manager
5 salaries
$61,042  
Civil Engineer
5 salaries
$60,173  
Software Engineer
5 salaries
$90,000  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 24 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 379

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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 %

30 %

17 %


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Industry

Lehigh alumni find work in an assortment of industries including the manufacturing industry, the engineering services industry, and the consulting industry. The most highly represented industry 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. The average starting salary for a graduate of Lehigh is $78K.

Jobs

The most lucrative professionals among Lehigh alumni are Software Engineers; they earn a median annual salary of $85K. Also approaching the top of the pay scale at around $72K and approximately $67K, respectively, are Mechanical Engineers and Project Engineers. Collecting the smallest paychecks are Structural Engineers — they bring in $60K.

Locations

New York, N.Y. is filled with Lehigh grads. It is no surprise that Chicago, Ill., which hands out the biggest paychecks (the average salary is about $112K), is another of the most popular spots for former Lehigh students. On the flipside, the lowest-paying city popular among Lehigh grads is Washington, DC (median compensation is $61K). In addition, Lehigh grads flock to neighboring Philadelphia, Pa. as well as Allentown, Pa.

Degree Major

Financial compensation is highest for Lehigh grads with a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Business Management (average earnings climb to $180K per year). A B.A. in Psychology offers the lowest median annual financial reward (approximately $49K).

Skills

Project Management is a popular skill among Lehigh alumni, with roughly a fourth of grads reporting using it on the job. For former Mountain Hawks, proficiency in People Management warrants a paycheck that is 21 percent more than other alumni salaries. Engineering Design, Microsoft Excel, and Data Analysis are among other dominant skills.

Benefits and Perks

Slightly less than half of the survey participants are allowed to take paid time off for vacation, but only about one in three grads get paid sick leave. Most grads set up a 401(k) to save for retirement. For this school, a large number of graduates are the recipients of health benefits, and a fair number of respondents pick up dental plans, too. Additional benefits handed to Lehigh University alumni include a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Median pay for Southern Methodist University grads is around $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.

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

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %
Salary
$39,863 - $93,728
Salary
$46,364 - $110,282
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 85 votes.
$43,793 - $113,374
$35,058 - $99,990
$40,628 - $133,764
$39,152 - $99,526
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