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2021 Highest Paid Engineering Graduates in Michigan

5,117 Bachelor's Degrees
$68,532 Avg Salary
$25,033 Avg Student Debt

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Highest Paid Engineering Graduates in MichiganEngineering is one of the most popular subjects to study in Michigan. With 5,117 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, it ranked 3rd out of all the majors we track. This means that of the 128,724 bachelor's that were awarded in the country, 4.0% were from a college or university in the state. 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 Michigan ranking analyzed 15 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 Engineering Majors

The average engineering major who graduates from a school in Michigan earns about $68,532 per year during the early years of their career. This is 72% higher than the average college graduate, who only makes around $39,802 a year.

Nationwide, the average salary for graduates with a bachelor's degree in engineering is $62,200. This means that degree holders from schools in Michigan make 10% more than their countrywide peers.

Average Salary for Engineering Graduates from Schools in Michigan  68,532
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137,000
Average Salary for Engineering Graduates from Schools Nationwide  62,200
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137,000
National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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137,000

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2021 Highest Paid Engineering Grads in Michigan

The following colleges produce the highest paid engineering graduates.

Top 10 Best Schools for Highly Paid Engineering Graduates in Michigan

University of Michigan - Dearborn earned the #1 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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#2

Kettering University

Flint, MI

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

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Oakland University

Rochester Hills, MI

Oakland University earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large suburb of Rochester Hills, Oakland is a public school with a large student population.

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Lawrence Technological University landed the #4 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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Wayne State University

Detroit, MI

The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Wayne State University. Wayne State is a very large public school located in the city of Detroit.

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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. U of Michigan is a very large public school located in the city of Ann Arbor.

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Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, MI

Central Michigan University comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. Central Michigan is a fairly large public school located in the distant town of Mount Pleasant.

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Saginaw Valley State University

University Center, MI

Saginaw Valley State University earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the suburb of University Center, Saginaw Valley State University is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

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Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University landed the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid engineering school. Michigan State is a very large public school located in the city of East Lansing.

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Our rankings recognize University of Detroit Mercy as the #9 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Detroit, UDM is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

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Best Engineering Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

Explore all the Best Engineering Colleges in the Great Lakes Area or other specific states within that region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
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 1,878
Electrical Engineering 735
Chemical Engineering 454
Computer Engineering 382
General Engineering 322

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 4,050
Computer & Information Sciences 2,732
Engineering Technologies 1,050
Physical Sciences 825
Mathematics & Statistics 805

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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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