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2021 Highest Paid Engineering Graduates in the The Plains States Region

8,809 Bachelor's Degrees
$62,835 Avg Salary
$24,119 Avg Student Debt

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Highest Paid Engineering Graduates in the The Plains States 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, 8,809 went to students in the The Plains States region of the country. 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.

For this year's Highest Paid Engineering Graduates in the The Plains States Region ranking, we looked at 23 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 graduation, engineering majors from schools in the The Plains States Region earn an average salary of $62,835 per year. This is great news for these degree holders since it is 58% more than the national average of $39,802 for typical college graduates!

This salary is in the same ballpark as the national average of $62,200 for those students who obtain a bachelor's degree in engineering.

Average Salary for Engineering Graduates from Schools in the The Plains States Region  62,835
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125,600
Average Salary for Engineering Graduates from Schools Nationwide  62,200
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125,600
National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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125,600

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2021 Highest Paid Engineering Grads in The Plains States

The following colleges produce the highest paid engineering graduates.

Top 10 Best Schools for Highly Paid Engineering Graduates in the The Plains States Region

Our rankings recognize Washington University in St Louis as the #1 school in this year's rankings. WUSTL is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Saint Louis.

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Our rankings recognize University of Minnesota - Duluth as the #2 school in this year's rankings. UMN Duluth is a fairly large public school located in the city of Duluth.

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University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS

The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Kansas. KU is a very large public school located in the small city of Lawrence.

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University of Minnesota - Twin Cities comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. UMN Twin Cities is a fairly large public school located in the city of Minneapolis.

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University of St Thomas Minnesota comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. UST MN is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Saint Paul.

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The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. Located in the distant town of Winona, SMU MN is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

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

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Missouri University of Science and Technology earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the remote town of Rolla, Missouri University of Science and Technology is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

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University of Missouri - Columbia comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. Located in the medium-sized city of Columbia, Mizzou is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA

University of Iowa earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Iowa is a very large public school located in the small city of Iowa City.

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Best Engineering Colleges by State

Explore the best engineering colleges for a specific state in this the The Plains States region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Missouri 35 2,090
Minnesota 34 1,652
Kansas 32 1,208
South Dakota 32 485
Iowa 31 2,208
Nebraska 31 514
North Dakota 30 652

Engineering Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 2,668
Civil Engineering 1,098
Electrical Engineering 1,031
Chemical Engineering 814
Computer Engineering 700

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 8,828
Computer & Information Sciences 6,246
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations 3,688
Physical Sciences 2,486
Mathematics & Statistics 2,243

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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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