Engineering

2021 Highest Paid Engineering Graduates

128,724 Bachelor's Degrees
$62,200 Avg Salary
$23,344 Avg Student Debt

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Highest Paid Engineering GraduatesEngineering is one of the most popular majors in the nation, ranking 4th of all the majors we analyze. In 2018-2019, 128,724 bachelor's degrees were awarded to students with this major. 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 Engineering Graduates ranking analyzed 343 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.

How Much Do Engineering Majors Make After Graduation?

After graduation, engineering majors from schools in the United States earn an average salary of $62,200 per year. This is great news for these degree holders since it is 56% more than the national average of $39,802 for typical college graduates!

Average Salary for Engineering Graduates from Schools Nationwide  62,200
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124,400
National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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2021 Highest Paid Engineering Grads in the United States

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

Top 25 Best Schools for Highly Paid Engineering Graduates

University of California - Berkeley landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid engineering school. Located in the medium-sized city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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#2

Maine Maritime Academy

Castine, ME

Maine Maritime Academy earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Maine Maritime is a small public school located in the rural area of Castine.

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Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Harvard University earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the midsize city of Cambridge, Harvard is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

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

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United States Naval Academy landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid engineering school. Located in the large suburb of Annapolis, Annapolis is a public college with a small student population.

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#4

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ

Princeton University comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Princeton is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Princeton.

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Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Buzzards Bay, MA

Our rankings recognize Massachusetts Maritime Academy as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Maritime is a small public school located in the medium-sized suburb of Buzzards Bay.

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#5

Yale University

New Haven, CT

Yale University earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the midsize city of New Haven, Yale is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA

Santa Clara University earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. SCU is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Santa Clara.

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The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Massachusetts Institute of Technology. MIT is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Cambridge.

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California State University Maritime Academy landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid engineering school. Cal Maritime is a small public school located in the medium-sized city of Vallejo.

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#8

Harvey Mudd College

Claremont, CA

Our rankings recognize Harvey Mudd College as the #8 school in this year's rankings. Harvey Mudd College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Claremont.

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University of Michigan - Dearborn earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the small city of Dearborn, UM Dearborn is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

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#10

SUNY Maritime College

Throggs Neck, NY

SUNY Maritime College earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. SUNY Maritime College is a small public school located in the city of Throggs Neck.

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Kettering University

Flint, MI

The #11 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Kettering University. Kettering is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Flint.

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#12

Olin College

Needham, MA

Olin College earned the #12 spot in our 2021 rankings. Olin College is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Needham.

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#13

Rice University

Houston, TX

The #13 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Rice University. Located in the city of Houston, Rice is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

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Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH

The #14 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Dartmouth College. Located in the remote town of Hanover, Dartmouth is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

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United States Military Academy earned the #14 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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Brown University

Providence, RI

The #15 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Brown University. Brown is a large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Providence.

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United States Air Force Academy

USAF Academy, CO

The #15 spot in this year's ranking belongs to United States Air Force Academy. Located in the fringe town of USAF Academy, USAFA is a public college with a small student population.

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Oakland University

Rochester Hills, MI

Oakland University landed the #16 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid engineering school. Located in the large suburb of Rochester Hills, Oakland is a public school with a large student population.

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#17

Duke University

Durham, NC

Our rankings recognize Duke University as the #17 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

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Lawrence Technological University landed the #18 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid engineering school. Lawrence Tech is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Southfield.

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Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Cornell University landed the #19 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid engineering school. Located in the city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

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Rest of the Top Schools for Highest Paid Engineering Graduates

#26

Saginaw Valley State University

University Center, MI
#29

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
#30

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

#33

Northeastern University

Boston, MA

#35

Stanford University

Stanford, CA
#40

San Jose State University

San Jose, CA
#41

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

#43

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA
#44

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI
#46

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA
#48

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA
#49

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, ND
#50

Villanova University

Villanova, PA

Remaining Award Winners

This list shows the remainder of the colleges awarded a Highest Paid Engineering Graduates badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 343 different United States engineering schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Michigan Technological University Houghton, MI

Additional Noteworthy Schools

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

Rank College Location
52 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY
53 Montana Tech of the University of Montana Butte, MT
54 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
55 University of Tulsa Tulsa, OK
56 Liberty University Lynchburg, VA
57 Stevens Institute of Technology Hoboken, NJ
58 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
59 University of Dayton Dayton, OH
60 University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI
61 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
62 University of San Diego San Diego, CA
63 Arizona State University - Polytechnic Mesa, AZ
64 University of St Thomas Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
65 Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD
66 Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI
67 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
68 Prairie View A & M University Prairie View, TX

Engineering by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Engineering Majors to Study

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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Related Major Annual Graduates
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 126,493
Computer & Information Sciences 92,596
Physical Sciences 32,633
Mathematics & Statistics 30,991
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations 21,156

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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 Petty Officer 3rd Class Declan Barnes.

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