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2021 Highest Paid Engineering Graduates in Virginia

3,378 Bachelor's Degrees
$61,233 Avg Salary
$24,798 Avg Student Debt

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Highest Paid Engineering Graduates in VirginiaEngineering is one of the most popular subjects to study in Virginia. With 3,378 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, it ranked 6th out of all the majors we track. This means that of the 128,724 bachelor's that were awarded in the country, 2.6% were from a college or university in the state. Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Highest Paid Engineering Graduates ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

For this year's Highest Paid Engineering Graduates in Virginia ranking, we looked at 8 colleges that offer a bachelor's in engineering.

In this ranking, we use early career salaries - salaries 10 years from when 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.

Salaries of Engineering Majors After Graduation

After graduation, engineering majors from schools in Virginia earn an average salary of $61,233 per year. This means that graduates with bachelor's degrees in this field make 54% more than the average college graduate salary of $39,802.

Nationwide, the average salary for graduates with a engineering degree is $62,200. So, there's not much difference on that front.

Average Salary for Engineering Graduates from Schools in Virginia  61,233
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122,400
Average Salary for Engineering Graduates from Schools Nationwide  62,200
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122,400
National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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122,400

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2021 Highest Paid Engineering Grads in Virginia

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Top 10 Best Schools for Highly Paid Engineering Graduates in Virginia

Washington and Lee University comes in at #1 in this year's ranking. Located in the distant town of Lexington, Washington and Lee is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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University of Virginia - Main Campus landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid engineering school. Located in the suburb of Charlottesville, University of Virginia is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

Virginia Tech earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Blacksburg, Virginia Tech is a public college with a very large student population.

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George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

George Mason University earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the suburb of Fairfax, GMU is a public school with a very large student population.

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Virginia Military Institute landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid engineering school. Located in the distant town of Lexington, VMI is a public college with a small student population.

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Christopher Newport University

Newport News, VA

Our rankings recognize Christopher Newport University as the #6 school in this year's rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of Newport News, CNU is a public school with a small student population.

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Hampton University

Hampton, VA

Hampton University landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid engineering school. Hampton is a small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Hampton.

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Virginia Commonwealth University comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. Located in the medium-sized city of Richmond, VCU is a public college with a very large student population.

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Norfolk State University landed the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid engineering school. Norfolk State is a moderately-sized public school located in the medium-sized city of Norfolk.

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Old Dominion University

Norfolk, VA

Our rankings recognize Old Dominion University as the #10 school in this year's rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of Norfolk, Old Dominion is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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Best Engineering Colleges in the Southeast Region

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

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Mississippi 34 958
Florida 34 5,865
Georgia 33 3,528
North Carolina 32 2,926
Alabama 32 2,794
Tennessee 32 1,750
West Virginia 32 928
South Carolina 32 1,641
Louisiana 31 1,842
Kentucky 31 1,081
Arkansas 30 816

Engineering Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 792
Civil Engineering 461
Electrical Engineering 456
Computer Engineering 365
Industrial Engineering 202

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 3,561
Computer & Information Sciences 3,198
Physical Sciences 1,070
Mathematics & Statistics 902
Natural Resources & Conservation 539

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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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