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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Rank 
School Name 
Early Career Pay
 
Median salary for alumni with 0-5 years experience
Mid-Career Pay
 
Median salary for alumni with 10+ years experience
25$69,900$140,200

25University of California-Irvine
Early Career Pay$69,900
Mid-Career Pay$140,200
27$80,500$140,000

27Franklin W Olin College of Engineering
Early Career Pay$80,500
Mid-Career Pay$140,000
28$76,700$139,500

28Northwestern University
Early Career Pay$76,700
Mid-Career Pay$139,500
29$75,600$139,400

29University of Houston
Early Career Pay$75,600
Mid-Career Pay$139,400
29$78,100$139,400

29The University of Texas at Austin
Early Career Pay$78,100
Mid-Career Pay$139,400
31$76,200$139,300

31University of Alaska Fairbanks
Early Career Pay$76,200
Mid-Career Pay$139,300
32$80,700$139,200

32University of Pennsylvania
Early Career Pay$80,700
Mid-Career Pay$139,200
33$72,900$139,100

33Montana Tech of the University of Montana
Early Career Pay$72,900
Mid-Career Pay$139,100
34$76,500$138,000

34Lamar University
Early Career Pay$76,500
Mid-Career Pay$138,000
34$75,900$138,000

34University of Southern California
Early Career Pay$75,900
Mid-Career Pay$138,000
36$75,400$137,200

36Tulane University of Louisiana
Early Career Pay$75,400
Mid-Career Pay$137,200
36$75,000$137,200

36University of Notre Dame
Early Career Pay$75,000
Mid-Career Pay$137,200
38$70,700$137,000

38Manhattan College
Early Career Pay$70,700
Mid-Career Pay$137,000
38$75,600$137,000

38California State University Maritime Academy
Early Career Pay$75,600
Mid-Career Pay$137,000
40$73,200$136,900

40University of the Pacific
Early Career Pay$73,200
Mid-Career Pay$136,900
40$74,200$136,900

40University of California-Davis
Early Career Pay$74,200
Mid-Career Pay$136,900
42$75,400$136,800

42Texas Tech University
Early Career Pay$75,400
Mid-Career Pay$136,800
43$74,200$136,700

43Tufts University
Early Career Pay$74,200
Mid-Career Pay$136,700
44$75,200$136,600

44San Jose State University
Early Career Pay$75,200
Mid-Career Pay$136,600
45$73,600$136,300

45Stevens Institute of Technology
Early Career Pay$73,600
Mid-Career Pay$136,300
45$75,100$136,300

45University of San Diego
Early Career Pay$75,100
Mid-Career Pay$136,300
47$76,100$136,200

47Texas A & M University-College Station
Early Career Pay$76,100
Mid-Career Pay$136,200
48$74,700$135,700

48SUNY Maritime College
Early Career Pay$74,700
Mid-Career Pay$135,700
48$74,300$135,700

48Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College
Early Career Pay$74,300
Mid-Career Pay$135,700
50$79,000$135,600

50Webb Institute
Early Career Pay$79,000
Mid-Career Pay$135,600
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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.


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