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2021 Highest Paid General Engineering Graduates

2,900 Bachelor's Degrees
$59,739 Avg Salary
$22,921 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best General Engineering School for You

Highest Paid General Engineering GraduatesIn 2018-2019, 2,900 people earned their bachelor's in general engineering, making the major the #110 most popular in the United States. The 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 Engineering Graduates.

This year's Highest Paid General Engineering Graduates ranking analyzed 35 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in 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.

Comparing Average Salaries of General Engineering Majors

After graduation, general engineering majors from schools in the United States earn an average salary of $59,739 per year. This means that graduates with bachelor's degrees in this field make 50% more than the average college graduate salary of $39,802.

Average Salary for Engineering Graduates from Schools Nationwide  59,739
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119,400
National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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119,400

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2021 Highest Paid General Engineering Grads in United States

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

Top 10 Best Schools for Highly Paid Engineering Graduates

#1

Olin College

Needham, MA

The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Olin College. Olin College is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Needham. Students who receive their bachelor's in engineering from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $77,700.

While working on their bachelor's, engineering majors at Olin College accumulate an average of around $15,937 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 $163.

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#2

Harvey Mudd College

Claremont, CA

The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Harvey Mudd College. Harvey Mudd College is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Claremont. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in engineering from the school is $77,500.

After completing their bachelor's degree, engineering graduates from Harvey Mudd College carry an average student debtload of $20,384. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $229.

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#3

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Our rankings recognize Cornell University as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in engineering from the school is $73,900.

After completing their bachelor's degree, engineering graduates from Cornell carry an average student debtload of $13,610.

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#4

Brown University

Providence, RI

The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Brown University. Brown is a large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Providence. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in engineering from the school is $73,500.

On average, engineering graduates from Brown take out $13,332 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 $150.

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University of California - Davis comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Located in the small suburb of Davis, UC Davis is a public school with a fairly large student population. Engineering majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $68,100.

After completing their bachelor's degree, engineering graduates from UC Davis carry an average student debtload of $13,729. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $138, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#6

McNeese State University

Lake Charles, LA

Our rankings recognize McNeese State University as the #6 school in this year's rankings. McNeese is a medium-sized public school located in the small city of Lake Charles. Students who receive their bachelor's in engineering from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $65,900.

After completing their bachelor's degree, engineering graduates from McNeese carry an average student debtload of $20,802. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $194.

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Arizona State University - Polytechnic earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. ASU - Polytechnic is a medium-sized public school located in the large city of Mesa. Engineering majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $65,100.

On average, engineering graduates from ASU - Polytechnic take out $25,500 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 $259.

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#8

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX

Texas Christian University comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. TCU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Fort Worth. Engineering majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $64,400.

The average amount in student loans that engineering majors at TCU take out while working on their bachelor's is $22,464. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $261.

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#9

Calvin University

Grand Rapids, MI

Calvin University landed the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid general engineering school. Calvin is a small private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Grand Rapids. Engineering majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $63,300.

On average, engineering graduates from Calvin take out $23,194 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 $280.

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Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University comes in at #10 in this year's ranking. Michigan State is a very large public school located in the small city of East Lansing. Students who receive their bachelor's in engineering from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $63,200.

Engineering majors at Michigan State take out an average of $25,985 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 $280.

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General Engineering by Region

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New England
Rocky Mountains
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Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

General 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
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 Rémi Kaupp.

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