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2021 Highest Paid Computer Engineering Graduates

10,704 Bachelor's Degrees
$67,013 Avg Salary
$25,424 Avg Student Debt

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Highest Paid Computer Engineering GraduatesComputer Engineering is the #49 most popular major in the country with 10,704 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Highest Paid CE Graduates ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

For this year's Highest Paid Computer Engineering Graduates ranking, we looked at 108 colleges that offer a bachelor's in CE.

In this ranking, we use early career salaries - salaries 10 years from when a student started college. This is the salary typically earned 4-6 years after graduation, but may be different depending on how long a person takes to complete their degree.

Comparing Average Salaries of Computer Engineering Majors

The average computer engineering major who graduates from a school in the United States earns about $67,013 per year during the early years of their career. This means that graduates with bachelor's degrees in this field make 68% more than the average college graduate salary of $39,802.

Average Salary for CE Graduates from Schools Nationwide  67,013
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National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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2021 Highest Paid Computer Engineering Grads in United States

The highest paid CE majors graduate from the following colleges and universities.

Top 25 Best Schools for Highly Paid CE Graduates

Columbia University in the City of New York landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid computer engineering school. Located in the large city of New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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University of Washington - Seattle Campus earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Seattle, UW Seattle is a public college with a fairly large student population. CE majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $112,300.

The average amount in student loans that CE majors at UW Seattle take out while working on their bachelor's is $13,304. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $118.

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The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Washington - Bothell Campus. Located in the suburb of Bothell, University of Washington - Bothell Campus is a public college with a moderately-sized student population. CE majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $112,300.

On average, CE graduates from University of Washington - Bothell Campus take out $13,304 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $118.

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United States Naval Academy earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Annapolis is a small public school located in the suburb of Annapolis.

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Duke University

Durham, NC

Duke University landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid computer engineering school. Duke is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Durham. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in CE from the school is $95,200.

After completing their bachelor's degree, CE graduates from Duke carry an average student debtload of $10,692. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $104.

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Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA

Our rankings recognize Santa Clara University as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Located in the midsize city of Santa Clara, SCU is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in CE from the school is $93,300.

After completing their bachelor's degree, CE graduates from SCU carry an average student debtload of $21,425. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $254, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Southern Methodist University. SMU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Dallas.

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The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to United States Air Force Academy. USAFA is a small public school located in the fringe town of USAF Academy.

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The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a fairly large public school located in the small suburb of San Luis Obispo. Students who receive their bachelor's in CE from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $88,200.

While working on their bachelor's, CE majors at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo accumulate an average of around $21,390 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $252.

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University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

University of Pennsylvania comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. UPenn is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Philadelphia.

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Northeastern University comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Boston, Northeastern is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in CE from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $88,000.

On average, CE graduates from Northeastern take out $24,587 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $291.

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George Washington University comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of Washington, GWU is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

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University of California - Los Angeles landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid computer engineering school. UCLA is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Los Angeles. CE majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $87,600.

After completing their bachelor's degree, CE graduates from UCLA carry an average student debtload of $15,420.

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University of Southern California comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in CE from the school is $86,400.

After completing their bachelor's degree, CE graduates from USC carry an average student debtload of $15,112. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $175, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Our rankings recognize Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology as the #9 school in this year's rankings. Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Terre Haute. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, CE majors make an average salary of $84,900.

CE majors at Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology take out an average of $22,441 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $275, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA

Lehigh University earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. Lehigh is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Bethlehem.

While working on their bachelor's, CE majors at Lehigh accumulate an average of around $21,898 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $239, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA

University of Virginia - Main Campus landed the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid computer engineering school. Located in the small suburb of Charlottesville, University of Virginia is a public college with a very large student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, CE majors make an average salary of $83,200.

The average amount in student loans that CE majors at University of Virginia take out while working on their bachelor's is $17,151. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $200.

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Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA

Bucknell University earned the #11 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Lewisburg, Bucknell is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

While working on their bachelor's, CE majors at Bucknell accumulate an average of around $20,323 in student debt.

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The #11 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Brigham Young University - Provo. BYU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Provo. Students who receive their bachelor's in CE from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $81,500.

After completing their bachelor's degree, CE graduates from BYU carry an average student debtload of $15,721.

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Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

The #12 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Northwestern University. Located in the city of Evanston, Northwestern U is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in CE from the school is $80,600.

The average amount in student loans that CE majors at Northwestern U take out while working on their bachelor's is $15,670. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $165, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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California State University - Northridge earned the #12 spot in our 2021 rankings. California State University - Northridge is a very large public school located in the city of Northridge.

On average, CE graduates from California State University - Northridge take out $22,184 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree.

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The #13 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Maryland - College Park. Located in the large suburb of College Park, UMCP is a public college with a fairly large student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in CE from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $80,300.

CE majors at UMCP take out an average of $18,830 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $213.

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Tufts University

Medford, MA

The #14 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Tufts University. Located in the suburb of Medford, Tufts is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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Boston University

Boston, MA

Boston University earned the #14 spot in our 2021 rankings. Boston U is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Boston. Students who receive their bachelor's in CE from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $80,000.

The average amount in student loans that CE majors at Boston U take out while working on their bachelor's is $23,123. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $279, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

University of Notre Dame earned the #15 spot in our 2021 rankings. Notre Dame is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Notre Dame.

On average, CE graduates from Notre Dame take out $18,140 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree.

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Rest of the Top Schools for Highest Paid Computer Engineering Graduates

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for CE students seeking high pay that almost earned our Highest Paid Computer Engineering Graduates award.

Rank College Location
29 University of Delaware Newark, DE
32 Hofstra University Hempstead, NY
33 Washington University in St Louis Saint Louis, MO
36 San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA
19 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI
20 University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI
20 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
21 University of California - Davis Davis, CA
21 Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN
22 University of California - Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA
23 New York University New York, NY
24 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
25 California State University - Sacramento Sacramento, CA

Computer Engineering by Region

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Computer Engineering is one of 38 different types of Engineering programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 37,343
Electrical Engineering 17,946
Civil Engineering 14,832
Chemical Engineering 11,423
Biomedical Engineering 7,921

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Notes and References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
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