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2021 Highest Paid Engineering Graduates in the Southwest Region

15,674 Bachelor's Degrees
$61,845 Avg Salary
$22,227 Avg Student Debt

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Highest Paid Engineering Graduates in the Southwest RegionWith 128,724 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, engineering is the #4 most popular major in the United States. Of those degrees, 15,674 went to students in the Southwest region of the country. Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Highest Paid Engineering Graduates list, to help you choose the best school for you.

For this year's Highest Paid Engineering Graduates in the Southwest Region ranking, we looked at 38 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.

Salaries of Engineering Majors After Graduation

After graduating, engineering majors that go to school in the Southwest Region go on to jobs making an average of $61,845 per year. This means that graduates with bachelor's degrees in this field make 55% 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 the Southwest Region  61,845
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123,600
Average Salary for Engineering Graduates from Schools Nationwide  62,200
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123,600
National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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123,600

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2021 Highest Paid Engineering Grads in the Southwest Region

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

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

#1

Rice University

Houston, TX

The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Rice University. Located in the city of Houston, Rice is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

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The University of Texas of the Permian Basin comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Odessa, UT Permian Basin is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

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The University of Texas at Austin earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Austin, UT Austin is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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Our rankings recognize Arizona State University - Skysong as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Scottsdale, ASU - Skysong is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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Our rankings recognize Texas A&M University - College Station as the #5 school in this year's rankings. Texas A&M is a fairly large public school located in the city of College Station.

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The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Southern Methodist University. Located in the suburb of Dallas, SMU is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

Texas Tech University landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid engineering school. Located in the city of Lubbock, Texas Tech is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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University of Tulsa

Tulsa, OK

University of Tulsa earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Tulsa, University of Tulsa is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Arizona State University - Polytechnic. ASU - Polytechnic is a moderately-sized public school located in the large city of Mesa.

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#10

Prairie View A & M University

Prairie View, TX

Prairie View A & M University landed the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid engineering school. Located in the town of Prairie View, PVAMU is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

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Best Engineering Colleges by State

Explore the best engineering schools for a specific state in the Southwest region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Arizona 33 3,055
Texas 33 10,120
Oklahoma 33 1,695
New Mexico 30 804

Engineering Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 4,765
Electrical Engineering 2,435
Civil Engineering 1,591
Chemical Engineering 1,361
Computer Engineering 1,024

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 13,102
Computer & Information Sciences 8,301
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations 3,370
Physical Sciences 2,984
Mathematics & Statistics 2,598

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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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