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
26$76,000$138,900

26SUNY Maritime College
Early Career Pay$76,000
Mid-Career Pay$138,900
27$73,500$138,700

27University of the Pacific
Early Career Pay$73,500
Mid-Career Pay$138,700
28$77,400$138,400

28Cornell University
Early Career Pay$77,400
Mid-Career Pay$138,400
29$74,700$138,300

29Stevens Institute of Technology
Early Career Pay$74,700
Mid-Career Pay$138,300
30$72,600$138,200

30University of California-Riverside
Early Career Pay$72,600
Mid-Career Pay$138,200
30$76,100$138,200

30Tulane University of Louisiana
Early Career Pay$76,100
Mid-Career Pay$138,200
30$77,200$138,200

30University of California-Santa Barbara
Early Career Pay$77,200
Mid-Career Pay$138,200
33$81,600$138,000

33Webb Institute
Early Career Pay$81,600
Mid-Career Pay$138,000
33$76,600$138,000

33University of Alaska Fairbanks
Early Career Pay$76,600
Mid-Career Pay$138,000
35$80,100$137,900

35University of California-Santa Cruz
Early Career Pay$80,100
Mid-Career Pay$137,900
36$72,000$137,700

36Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
Early Career Pay$72,000
Mid-Career Pay$137,700
37$73,900$137,300

37Boston University
Early Career Pay$73,900
Mid-Career Pay$137,300
38$73,700$136,600

38Tufts University
Early Career Pay$73,700
Mid-Career Pay$136,600
39$72,900$136,200

39University of Virginia-Main Campus
Early Career Pay$72,900
Mid-Career Pay$136,200
40$78,300$136,100

40Brown University
Early Career Pay$78,300
Mid-Career Pay$136,100
41$77,600$136,000

41The University of Texas at Austin
Early Career Pay$77,600
Mid-Career Pay$136,000
42$75,800$135,700

42San Jose State University
Early Career Pay$75,800
Mid-Career Pay$135,700
43$75,500$135,600

43Vanderbilt University
Early Career Pay$75,500
Mid-Career Pay$135,600
44$72,500$135,100

44Seattle University
Early Career Pay$72,500
Mid-Career Pay$135,100
45$75,600$134,800

45Villanova University
Early Career Pay$75,600
Mid-Career Pay$134,800
45$79,600$134,800

45McNeese State University
Early Career Pay$79,600
Mid-Career Pay$134,800
47$75,600$134,500

47United States Air Force Academy
Early Career Pay$75,600
Mid-Career Pay$134,500
48$78,200$134,400

48Johns Hopkins University
Early Career Pay$78,200
Mid-Career Pay$134,400
49$74,000$133,700

49New York University
Early Career Pay$74,000
Mid-Career Pay$133,700
50$73,400$133,600

50Lehigh University
Early Career Pay$73,400
Mid-Career Pay$133,600
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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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