Harvey Mudd College is a university based in Claremont, Calif. that is home to around 1,000 undergraduates. Undergraduate study in the liberal arts and sciences is popular here. This overview is derived from alumni replies to PayScale's salary survey.

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  • Updated: 16 Mar 2019
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About This School

301 Platt Blvd.
Claremont, CA 91711



Engineering, Liberal Arts, Private School

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Graduates of Harvey Mudd go into the aerospace and defense industry, the biotechnology research and development industry, and the computer hardware and software design industry, not to mention a variety of other lines of work. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the software development industry. Very few Harvey Mudd grads go into the medical device manufacturing industry; in fact, less than five percent of alumni enter this industry. True to type, Harvey Mudd alumni go from seeing above-average SAT scores and excellent graduation rates to landing well-paid positions in the workforce. The average salary for a grad from Harvey Mudd is $100K.


After college, a notable gender gap appears: the average female graduate makes about $78K where the average male graduate hauls home $105K.


Among Harvey Mudd alumni, those working as Senior Software Engineers report the highest median pay of approximately $121K, followed by Senior Systems Engineers ($120K), and Data Scientists (around $115K). Sliding in near the bottom are Mechanical Engineers, who report earnings of $77K.


The most popular destination for former Harvey Mudd students is Seattle, Wash. Harvey Mudd alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in San Diego, Calif., which offers a median salary of around $105K. Though Irvine, Calif. takes the cake for lowest pay among Harvey Mudd grads (the median salary is $67K there), it remains a common destination for former students. Nearby Los Angeles, Calif. and San Francisco, Calif. also rank high on the list of cities for Harvey Mudd grads.

Degree Major

A graduate with a Master of Science (MS), Electrical Engineering (EE) from Harvey Mudd can rake in a whopping average about $145K per year, more than any other degree from this school. Those with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry face salaries on the lower end, coming in at an average $44K per year.


For Harvey Mudd College grads, proficiency in Java warrants a paycheck that is 7 percent more than other alumni salaries. Harvey Mudd grads are usually competent in Project Management, and about one in seven alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Other prime know-hows include Python, Engineering Design, and C++ Programming Language.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to benefits, there is room for improvement — only one-third of alumni are paid for vacation and just one-fourth of alumni for sick time. It is no small feat that nearly all graduates are given health coverage, and a large number of respondents accept dental insurance. In an effort to save up for the years ahead, the vast majority of respondents contribute to a 401(k). Harvey Mudd College alumni are rewarded with additional benefits, such as a casual working environment, free drinks, life insurance, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

Harvey Mudd grads enjoy average salaries on the higher end compared to alumni salaries of comparable schools; in fact, median pay is the highest among former Harvey Mudd students, though earnings are not far from the average salary of Claremont McKenna College graduates (approximately $77K). Other schools similar to Harvey Mudd include Scripps College, Pitzer College, and Pomona College.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 2080 2320
ACT Scores 32 35

Key Stats for Harvey Mudd College


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$58,582 - $108,194
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 75 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
$65,389 - $121,067
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$86,550 - $119,953
$60,820 - $130,417
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