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2021 Highest Paid Engineering Graduates in the Great Lakes Region

21,847 Bachelor's Degrees
$64,428 Avg Salary
$24,462 Avg Student Debt

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Highest Paid Engineering Graduates in the Great Lakes Region In 2018-2019, 128,724 engineering students received their bachelor's degree, making the major the #4 most popular in the country. Out of all those awarded degrees, 21,847 went to undergraduates in the Great Lakes region of 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 Engineering Graduates in the Great Lakes Region ranking looked at 55 colleges that offer a bachelor's 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 Engineering Majors

After graduating, engineering majors that go to school in the Great Lakes Region go on to jobs making an average of $64,428 per year. This is 62% higher than the average college graduate, who only makes around $39,802 a year.

The national average salary for engineering bachelor's degree holders is $62,200. That's pretty close to the average for students who get their degree from a school in the Great Lakes Region .

Average Salary for Engineering Graduates from Schools in the Great Lakes Region  64,428
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128,800
Average Salary for Engineering Graduates from Schools Nationwide  62,200
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128,800
National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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128,800

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2021 Highest Paid Engineering Grads in the Great Lakes Region

The following colleges produce the highest paid engineering graduates.

Top 10 Best Schools for Highly Paid Engineering Graduates in the Great Lakes Region

University of Michigan - Dearborn landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid engineering school. Located in the small city of Dearborn, UM Dearborn is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

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#2

Kettering University

Flint, MI

Kettering University comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. Kettering is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Flint.

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Oakland University

Rochester Hills, MI

Oakland University landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid engineering school. Located in the suburb of Rochester Hills, Oakland is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Lawrence Technological University. Lawrence Tech is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Southfield.

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The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology. Located in the small city of Terre Haute, Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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#6

Wayne State University

Detroit, MI

Wayne State University earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. Wayne State is a very large public school located in the city of Detroit.

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Oberlin College

Oberlin, OH

Oberlin College earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. Oberlin is a small private not-for-profit school located in the fringe town of Oberlin.

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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. U of Michigan is a very large public school located in the city of Ann Arbor.

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John Carroll University

University Heights, OH

Our rankings recognize John Carroll University as the #8 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large suburb of University Heights, John Carroll is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Northwestern University. Northwestern U is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Evanston.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

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

Rank College Location
9 Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant, MI
10 Saginaw Valley State University University Center, MI
11 University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN
12 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
13 University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign Champaign, IL

Best Engineering Colleges by State

Explore the best engineering colleges for a specific state in the Great Lakes region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Michigan 37 5,117
Ohio 34 6,157
Illinois 34 4,169
Indiana 33 3,747
Wisconsin 31 2,645

Engineering Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 6,441
Electrical Engineering 2,992
Computer Engineering 2,270
Chemical Engineering 2,055
Civil Engineering 1,894

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 17,550
Computer & Information Sciences 12,414
Mathematics & Statistics 4,802
Physical Sciences 4,506
Engineering Technologies 4,359

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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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