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2021 Highest Paid Environmental Engineering Graduates

1,712 Bachelor's Degrees
$50,467 Avg Salary
$23,242 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Environmental Engineering School for You

Highest Paid Environmental Engineering GraduatesEnvironmental Engineering is the #136 most popular major in the country with 1,712 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. The environmental engineering school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Highest Paid Environmental Engineering Graduates.

This year's Highest Paid Environmental Engineering Graduates ranking analyzed 23 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in environmental engineering.

The numbers used in this ranking are early career salaries, which we define to be 10 years after 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 Environmental Engineering Majors Make After Graduation?

After graduation, environmental engineering majors from schools in the United States earn an average salary of $50,467 per year. This is great news for these degree holders since it is 27% more than the national average of $39,802 for typical college graduates!

Average Salary for Environmental Engineering Graduates from Schools Nationwide  50,467
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National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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2021 Highest Paid Environmental Engineering Grads in the United States

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

Top 10 Best Schools for Highly Paid Environmental Engineering Graduates

#1

Yale University

New Haven, CT

The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Yale University. Located in the medium-sized city of New Haven, Yale is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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Our rankings recognize California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo as the #1 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a public college with a fairly large student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in environmental engineering from the school is $62,600.

While working on their bachelor's, environmental engineering majors at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo accumulate an average of around $18,900 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $205.

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Pennsylvania State University - University Park landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid environmental engineering school. Penn State University Park is a very large public school located in the city of University Park. Students who receive their bachelor's in environmental engineering from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $58,500.

Environmental Engineering majors at Penn State University Park take out an average of $26,668 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 $280.

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Our rankings recognize University of Michigan - Ann Arbor as the #3 school in this year's rankings. U of Michigan is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of Ann Arbor. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in environmental engineering from the school is $58,200.

While working on their bachelor's, environmental engineering majors at U of Michigan accumulate an average of around $18,418 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 $189.

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The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Columbia University in the City of New York. Columbia is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of New York.

Environmental Engineering majors at Columbia take out an average of $12,874 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree.

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United States Military Academy earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of West Point, West Point is a public school with a small student population.

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Ohio State University - Main Campus comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Columbus, Ohio State is a public school with a fairly large student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, environmental engineering majors make an average salary of $57,900.

The average amount in student loans that environmental engineering majors at Ohio State take out while working on their bachelor's is $23,561. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $280.

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Southern Methodist University earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the suburb of Dallas, SMU is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

Environmental Engineering majors at SMU take out an average of $18,493 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree.

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The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. RPI is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Troy. Environmental Engineering majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $57,400.

Environmental Engineering majors at RPI take out an average of $21,995 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 $246.

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#6

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

Our rankings recognize Drexel University as the #6 school in this year's rankings. Drexel is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Philadelphia. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in environmental engineering from the school is $55,500.

On average, environmental engineering graduates from Drexel take out $26,531 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 $321.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Highest Paid Environmental Engineering Graduates award.

Rank College Location
7 University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA
8 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA
9 Tufts University Medford, MA
10 University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN
11 Lehigh University Bethlehem, PA
12 University of California - Berkeley Berkeley, CA
13 Montana Tech of the University of Montana Butte, MT

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One of 38 majors within the Engineering area of study, Environmental Engineering has other similar majors worth exploring.

Majors Similar to Environmental Engineering

Related Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 37,343
Electrical Engineering 17,946
Civil Engineering 14,832
Chemical Engineering 11,423
Computer Engineering 10,704

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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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alesia Goosic.

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