Best Undergraduate Engineering Schools by Salary Potential

So you want to be an engineer and make money, but unsure of where to start? Check out the top engineering schools with the highest-paid graduates.

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Bachelor's Only
Salary data for alumni who earned a bachelor's degree and did not go on to earn any additional degrees.
All Alumni
Salary data for all alumni who earned a bachelor's degree, including but not limited to those who went on to earn additional degrees from any school.
Rank 
School Name 
School Type
Degree Type 
School Sector
Early Career Pay
 
Median salary for alumni with 0-5 years experience
Mid-Career Pay
 
Median salary for alumni with 10+ years experience
% High Meaning
 
% alumni who say their work makes the world a better place
% STEM Degrees
 
% degrees awarded in science, technology, engineering or math subjects
1Engineering, Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$85,600$157,40056%85%

1Harvey Mudd College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$85,600
Mid-Career Pay$157,400
% High Meaning56%
% STEM Degrees85%
2Engineering, Private School, Research UniversityBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$83,600$150,40053%69%

2Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$83,600
Mid-Career Pay$150,400
% High Meaning53%
% STEM Degrees69%
3Engineering, Liberal Arts School, Sober School, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$78,600$149,80065%58%

3United States Naval Academy
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$78,600
Mid-Career Pay$149,800
% High Meaning65%
% STEM Degrees58%
4Engineering, Private School, Research University, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$76,500$143,10057%51%

4Stanford University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$76,500
Mid-Career Pay$143,100
% High Meaning57%
% STEM Degrees51%
4Engineering, Private School, Research UniversityBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$83,400$143,10054%96%

4California Institute of Technology
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$83,400
Mid-Career Pay$143,100
% High Meaning54%
% STEM Degrees96%
6Engineering, Research University, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$74,100$139,30060%93%

6Colorado School of Mines
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$74,100
Mid-Career Pay$139,300
% High Meaning60%
% STEM Degrees93%
7Engineering, Private School, Research UniversityBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$73,600$138,90050%79%

7Stevens Institute of Technology
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$73,600
Mid-Career Pay$138,900
% High Meaning50%
% STEM Degrees79%
8Engineering, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$80,800$136,60064%56%

8United States Merchant Marine Academy
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$80,800
Mid-Career Pay$136,600
% High Meaning64%
% STEM Degrees56%
9Engineering, Party School, Private School, Research University, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$67,200$135,70045%52%

9Lehigh University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$67,200
Mid-Career Pay$135,700
% High Meaning45%
% STEM Degrees52%
10Engineering, Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$79,100$134,700N/A100%

10Webb Institute
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$79,100
Mid-Career Pay$134,700
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees100%
11Engineering, Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$81,900$134,200N/A100%

11Franklin W Olin College of Engineering
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$81,900
Mid-Career Pay$134,200
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees100%
12Engineering, Private School, Research UniversityBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$71,700$132,50048%86%

12Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$71,700
Mid-Career Pay$132,500
% High Meaning48%
% STEM Degrees86%
13Engineering, Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$70,800$131,90048%80%

13Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$70,800
Mid-Career Pay$131,900
% High Meaning48%
% STEM Degrees80%
14Engineering, Private School, Research UniversityBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$69,600$131,60048%78%

14Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$69,600
Mid-Career Pay$131,600
% High Meaning48%
% STEM Degrees78%
15Engineering, Private School, Research UniversityBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$73,600$131,20046%66%

15Carnegie Mellon University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$73,600
Mid-Career Pay$131,200
% High Meaning46%
% STEM Degrees66%
16Engineering, Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$73,400$129,90052%96%

16Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$73,400
Mid-Career Pay$129,900
% High Meaning52%
% STEM Degrees96%
17Engineering, Private School, Sober SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$65,900$128,30046%56%

17Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$65,900
Mid-Career Pay$128,300
% High Meaning46%
% STEM Degrees56%
18Engineering, Private School, Research UniversityBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$65,100$128,20059%58%

18Clarkson University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$65,100
Mid-Career Pay$128,200
% High Meaning59%
% STEM Degrees58%
19Engineering, Research University, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$61,300$126,80052%58%

19University of California-San Diego
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$61,300
Mid-Career Pay$126,800
% High Meaning52%
% STEM Degrees58%
20Engineering, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$62,500$121,50062%91%

20New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$62,500
Mid-Career Pay$121,500
% High Meaning62%
% STEM Degrees91%
21Engineering, Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$62,800$121,10052%75%

21New Jersey Institute of Technology
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$62,800
Mid-Career Pay$121,100
% High Meaning52%
% STEM Degrees75%
22Engineering, Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$69,000$120,40044%74%

22Kettering University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$69,000
Mid-Career Pay$120,400
% High Meaning44%
% STEM Degrees74%
23Engineering, Research University, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$66,700$116,40051%80%

23Missouri University of Science and Technology
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$66,700
Mid-Career Pay$116,400
% High Meaning51%
% STEM Degrees80%
24Engineering, Private School, Research UniversityBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$62,800$115,90048%64%

24Illinois Institute of Technology
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$62,800
Mid-Career Pay$115,900
% High Meaning48%
% STEM Degrees64%
25Engineering, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$65,800$113,70058%92%

25South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$65,800
Mid-Career Pay$113,700
% High Meaning58%
% STEM Degrees92%
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Engineering schools almost always win top marks in PayScale’s College Salary Report because their graduates leave school with a specific, applicable set of in-demand skills that employers are willing to pay top dollar for. Some of the most famous engineering schools in the United States are the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the United States Naval Academy, the Georgia Institute of Technology and Carnegie-Mellon University.

Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California, is almost always on this list, as is the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis. Both of these rankings are based on bachelor’s only alumni.

When we include alumni who go on to earn graduate degrees, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology also does well. Many MIT grads go on to earn master’s degrees, MBAs and PhDs, and by doing so they increase their median salary.

Engineering schools are defined as any school (public or private) that grants more than 50 percent of their undergraduate degrees in math, sciences, computer science, and engineering and engineering technology majors. These degrees tend to lead to very high-paying jobs, even right after college.


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