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2021 Highest Paid Electrical Engineering Graduates

17,946 Bachelor's Degrees
$66,265 Avg Salary
$23,573 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Electrical Engineering School for You

Highest Paid Electrical Engineering GraduatesOut of the 338 majors we analyze each year, electrical engineering was ranked #28. In fact, 17,946 bachelor's degrees were handed out in 2018-2019. When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Highest Paid EE list to help you make the college decision.

This year's Highest Paid Electrical Engineering Graduates ranking looked at 206 colleges that offer a bachelor's in EE.

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.

How Much Do Electrical Engineering Majors Make After Graduation?

The average electrical engineering major who graduates from a school in the United States earns about $66,265 per year during the early years of their career. This is great news for these degree holders since it is 66% more than the national average of $39,802 for typical college graduates!

Average Salary for EE Graduates from Schools Nationwide  66,265
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132,600
National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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132,600

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2021 Highest Paid Electrical Engineering Grads in the United States

Learn more about the colleges and universities that produce the highest paid EE graduates.

Top 25 Best Schools for Highly Paid EE Graduates

#1

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ

Our rankings recognize Princeton University as the #1 school in this year's rankings. Located in the small city of Princeton, Princeton is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

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The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Located in the midsize city of Cambridge, MIT is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, EE majors make an average salary of $116,600.

EE majors at MIT take out an average of $14,362 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $143.

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United States Naval Academy landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid electrical engineering school. Annapolis is a small public school located in the suburb of Annapolis.

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Our rankings recognize University of California - Berkeley as the #2 school in this year's rankings. UC Berkeley is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Berkeley. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, EE majors make an average salary of $116,600.

The average amount in student loans that EE majors at UC Berkeley take out while working on their bachelor's is $14,232. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $149.

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#3

Yale University

New Haven, CT

Yale University landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid electrical engineering school. Yale is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of New Haven.

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#3

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

Carnegie Mellon University comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, EE majors make an average salary of $99,000.

The average amount in student loans that EE majors at Carnegie Mellon take out while working on their bachelor's is $21,420. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $247, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#4

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Cornell University comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Cornell is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Ithaca. EE majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $87,200.

The average amount in student loans that EE majors at Cornell take out while working on their bachelor's is $12,078. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $129.

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University of Michigan - Dearborn comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. UM Dearborn is a moderately-sized public school located in the small city of Dearborn. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in EE from the school is $77,300.

The average amount in student loans that EE majors at UM Dearborn take out while working on their bachelor's is $24,573. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $221, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#5

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

Our rankings recognize University of Pennsylvania as the #5 school in this year's rankings. UPenn is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Philadelphia.

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The University of Texas at Austin landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid electrical engineering school. UT Austin is a fairly large public school located in the city of Austin. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, EE majors make an average salary of $76,300.

After completing their bachelor's degree, EE graduates from UT Austin carry an average student debtload of $21,169. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $231, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Our rankings recognize University of Southern California as the #7 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population. EE majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $76,000.

After completing their bachelor's degree, EE graduates from USC carry an average student debtload of $20,273. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $205.

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#7

Tufts University

Medford, MA

Tufts University comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. Located in the suburb of Medford, Tufts is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

While working on their bachelor's, EE majors at Tufts accumulate an average of around $15,455 in student debt.

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#8

Wayne State University

Detroit, MI

Wayne State University earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Detroit, Wayne State is a public school with a very large student population. EE majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $75,400.

While working on their bachelor's, EE majors at Wayne State accumulate an average of around $24,673 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $262.

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The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. Located in the medium-sized city of Ann Arbor, U of Michigan is a public school with a fairly large student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, EE majors make an average salary of $75,300.

EE majors at U of Michigan take out an average of $16,125 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $161, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#10

Oakland University

Rochester Hills, MI

Oakland University landed the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid electrical engineering school. Oakland is a large public school located in the large suburb of Rochester Hills. Students who receive their bachelor's in EE from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $75,200.

After completing their bachelor's degree, EE graduates from Oakland carry an average student debtload of $27,584. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $303, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Stevens Institute of Technology earned the #11 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large suburb of Hoboken, Stevens is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in EE from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $74,700.

While working on their bachelor's, EE majors at Stevens accumulate an average of around $24,118 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $267, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#12

United States Air Force Academy

USAF Academy, CO

The #12 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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Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University landed the #12 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid electrical engineering school. Located in the city of East Lansing, Michigan State is a public college with a very large student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in EE from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $74,700.

The average amount in student loans that EE majors at Michigan State take out while working on their bachelor's is $25,135. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $280.

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Our rankings recognize University of California - Los Angeles as the #13 school in this year's rankings. UCLA is a very large public school located in the large city of Los Angeles. Students who receive their bachelor's in EE from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $74,700.

While working on their bachelor's, EE majors at UCLA accumulate an average of around $17,609 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $180.

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Northeastern University

Boston, MA

The #14 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Northeastern University. 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 EE from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $74,600.

The average amount in student loans that EE majors at Northeastern take out while working on their bachelor's is $24,205. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $301.

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#15

Kettering University

Flint, MI

The #15 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Kettering University. Located in the small city of Flint, Kettering is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, EE majors make an average salary of $74,300.

On average, EE graduates from Kettering take out $22,788 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $273.

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Stanford University

Stanford, CA

Our rankings recognize Stanford University as the #15 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of Stanford, Stanford is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

On average, EE graduates from Stanford take out $13,682 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $117, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The #16 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Columbia University in the City of New York. Located in the city of New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in EE from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $74,200.

EE majors at Columbia take out an average of $13,899 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree.

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The #16 spot in this year's ranking belongs to United States Military Academy. West Point is a small public school located in the fringe town of West Point.

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute earned the #17 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Troy, RPI is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in EE from the school is $74,000.

After completing their bachelor's degree, EE graduates from RPI carry an average student debtload of $23,012. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $262.

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Rest of the Top Schools for Highest Paid Electrical Engineering Graduates

#26

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA
#27

George Washington University

Washington, DC
#29

Prairie View A & M University

Prairie View, TX
#30

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA
#30

University of Toledo

Toledo, OH
#31

Howard University

Washington, DC
#33

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY
#36

Hofstra University

Hempstead, NY
#40

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA

Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
31 Michigan Technological University Houghton, MI
32 The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL
33 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
34 University of San Diego San Diego, CA
35 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
36 Iowa State University Ames, IA
37 Mississippi State University Mississippi State, MS
38 University of Houston Houston, TX
39 Worcester Polytechnic Institute Worcester, MA
40 Youngstown State University Youngstown, OH
41 University of Missouri - St Louis Saint Louis, MO
45 Widener University Chester, PA
46 Catholic University of America Washington, DC
48 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
50 Fairfield University Fairfield, CT
52 Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN
53 Louisiana Tech University Ruston, LA
54 University of Denver Denver, CO

Electrical Engineering by Region

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

Related Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 37,343
Civil Engineering 14,832
Chemical Engineering 11,423
Computer Engineering 10,704
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.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
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