Best Schools For Engineering Majors by Salary Potential

Earning a bachelor’s degree in engineering is a great investment in your future career. Learn more about the best undergraduate engineering universities by salary.

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RankSchool NameEarly Career Pay
Mid-Career Pay
Rank:1School Name:Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyEarly Career Pay:$94,800Mid-Career Pay:$163,800
Rank:2School Name:Marietta CollegeEarly Career Pay:$100,800Mid-Career Pay:$162,100
Rank:2School Name:Columbia University in the City of New YorkEarly Career Pay:$85,100Mid-Career Pay:$162,100
Rank:4School Name:University of TulsaEarly Career Pay:$87,400Mid-Career Pay:$162,000
Rank:5School Name:United States Naval AcademyEarly Career Pay:$90,200Mid-Career Pay:$161,300
Rank:6School Name:Harvard UniversityEarly Career Pay:$89,500Mid-Career Pay:$160,700
Rank:7School Name:University of California-San DiegoEarly Career Pay:$82,100Mid-Career Pay:$160,200
Rank:8School Name:Santa Clara UniversityEarly Career Pay:$88,500Mid-Career Pay:$159,900
Rank:9School Name:Stanford UniversityEarly Career Pay:$94,000Mid-Career Pay:$159,400
Rank:10School Name:United States Military AcademyEarly Career Pay:$91,600Mid-Career Pay:$158,300
Rank:11School Name:Duke UniversityEarly Career Pay:$91,300Mid-Career Pay:$157,600
Rank:12School Name:Harvey Mudd CollegeEarly Career Pay:$92,100Mid-Career Pay:$156,700
Rank:13School Name:Princeton UniversityEarly Career Pay:$88,000Mid-Career Pay:$156,400
Rank:14School Name:University of PennsylvaniaEarly Career Pay:$85,000Mid-Career Pay:$155,700
Rank:15School Name:University of California-IrvineEarly Career Pay:$77,500Mid-Career Pay:$154,100
Rank:16School Name:California Institute of TechnologyEarly Career Pay:$91,300Mid-Career Pay:$153,000
Rank:17School Name:Rice UniversityEarly Career Pay:$84,200Mid-Career Pay:$152,800
Rank:17School Name:Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and ArtEarly Career Pay:$79,300Mid-Career Pay:$152,800
Rank:19School Name:University of California-Los AngelesEarly Career Pay:$86,300Mid-Career Pay:$152,500
Rank:20School Name:Northwestern UniversityEarly Career Pay:$84,400Mid-Career Pay:$151,600
Rank:20School Name:Trinity CollegeEarly Career Pay:$79,700Mid-Career Pay:$151,600
Rank:22School Name:University of California-BerkeleyEarly Career Pay:$87,700Mid-Career Pay:$150,900
Rank:23School Name:Lamar UniversityEarly Career Pay:$82,400Mid-Career Pay:$149,700
Rank:24School Name:Colorado School of MinesEarly Career Pay:$79,600Mid-Career Pay:$149,500
Rank:25School Name:University of California-RiversideEarly Career Pay:$77,000Mid-Career Pay:$148,600

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Schools that grant a lot of engineering degrees always rank highly in Payscale’s overall school rankings for salary potential. So it’s no surprise that when we look only at the salaries for engineering grads the overall salaries are even higher at top colleges. Payscale’s College Salary Report has data for engineering graduates from hundreds of colleges and universities. Find out where an engineering degree leads to the highest paycheck.

Well-known colleges like MIT, Harvey Mudd, CalTech and UC Berkeley are good bets. Famous personalities who studied engineering in college include former U.S. President Herbert Hoover, film icon Alfred Hitchcock, and astronaut Alan Shepard.