Top 20 Engineering Schools By Salary

These engineering schools are turning out the highest paid grads, including those with bachelor’s and graduate degrees.
  • top engineering schools, Lehigh University, MIT, Harvey Mudd, Stanford, CalTech, Georgia Tech

    How does your university rank? Take a look the top 20 engineering schools by starting and mid-career salaries.

    As part of Engineering Week, we're presenting the 2020 report from PayScale shows which schools are turning out the highest paid grads with a bachelor’s or graduate degree. Two years ago we posted the results of PayScale’s study that only included grads with bachelor’s degrees. The difference in the lists is surprising.

    PayScale defines engineering schools as those public or private institutions that grant more than 50 percent of their undergraduate degrees in math, sciences, computer science, engineering, or engineering technology majors. The degrees from the top engineering schools usually lead to high-paying jobs, even right after college.

    PayScale obtained the data for this study be surveying graduates from each of the schools.

    Check out the list and let us know how you feel about the balance of education costs to engineering career compensation in the comments field below.

  • top engineering schools, Lehigh University, MIT, Harvey Mudd, Stanford, CalTech, Georgia Tech, Kettering University

    #20 Kettering University

    Early Career Salary   $71,000

    Mid-Career Salary     $130,900

    Kettering University (formerly General Motors Institute of Technology and GMI Engineering and Management Institute) is a nationally-ranked STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and Business university in Flint, Michigan and a national leader in combining a rigorous academic environment. (Image source: Kettering University)

  • top engineering schools, Lehigh University, MIT, Harvey Mudd, Stanford, CalTech, Georgia Tech, Coast Guard Academy

     

    #19 US Coast Guard Academy

    Early Career Salary   $71,900

    Mid-Career Salary     $134,000

    The United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA) is the service academy of the United States Coast Guard, founded in 1876 and located in New London, Connecticut. It is the smallest of the five federal service academies and provides education to future Coast Guard officers. (Image source: US Coast Guard Academy)

  • top engineering schools, Lehigh University, MIT, Harvey Mudd, Stanford, CalTech, Georgia Tech, University of California -- San Diego

    #18 University of California – San Diego

    Early Career Salary   $65,100

    Mid-Career Salary     $135,500

    The University of California, San Diego is a public research university located in the La Jolla neighborhood of San Diego, California, in the United States. The university occupies 2,141 acres near the coast of the Pacific Ocean with the main campus resting on approximately 1,152 acres. (Image source: University of California – San Diego)

  • top engineering schools, Lehigh University, MIT, Harvey Mudd, Stanford, CalTech, Georgia Tech, Coast Guard Academy, Clarkson University

    #17 Clarkson University

    Early Career Salary   $67,900

    Mid-Career Salary     $137,500

    Clarkson University is a private research university with its main campus located in Potsdam, New York, and additional graduate program and research facilities in New York State's Capital Region and Beacon, N.Y. It was founded in 1896 and has an enrollment of about 4,300 students. (Image source: Clarkson University)

  • top engineering schools, Lehigh University, MIT, Harvey Mudd, Stanford, CalTech, Georgia Tech, Cooper Union

    #16 Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

    Early Career Salary   $71,600

    Mid-Career Salary     $138,600

    The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art , commonly known as Cooper Union or The Cooper Union and informally referred to, especially during the 19th century, as "the Cooper Institute", is a private college at Cooper Square on the border of the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan, NY. (Image source: Cooper Union)

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    #15 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 

    Early Career Salary $72,200

    Mid-Career Salary $138,600

    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, or RPI, is a private research university and space-grant institution located in Troy, New York, with two additional campuses in Hartford and Groton, Connecticut. The Institute was established in 1824 by Stephen van Rensselaer and Amos Eaton. (Image source: Rensselaer Polytechnic)

  • top engineering schools, Lehigh University, MIT, Harvey Mudd, Stanford, CalTech, Georgia Tech, Coast Guard Academy, Clarkson University

    #14 Georgia Institute of Technology

    Early Career Salary   $73,700

    Mid-Career Salary     $138,700

    The Georgia Institute of Technology (commonly called Georgia Tech, Tech, and GT) is a public research university in Atlanta, Georgia, in the United States. It is a part of the University System of Georgia and has satellite campuses in Savannah, Georgia; Metz, France; Athlone, Ireland; Shanghai, China and other locations. (Image source: Georgia Tech)

  • top engineering schools, Lehigh University, MIT, Harvey Mudd, Stanford, CalTech, Georgia Tech, Cooper Union, Rose-HUlman

    #13 Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 

    Early Career Salary   $76,200

    Mid-Career Salary     $138,800

    Rose–Hulman Institute of Technology (abbreviated RHIT), formerly Rose Polytechnic Institute , is a small private college specializing in teaching engineering, mathematics and science. Its 1,300-acre (2.0 sq mi; 526.1 ha) campus is located in Terre Haute, Indiana. (Image source: Rose-Hulman)

  • top engineering schools, Lehigh University, MIT, Harvey Mudd, Stanford, CalTech, Georgia Tech, Coast Guard Academy, Carnegie Mellon

    #12 Carnegie Mellon University

    Early Career Salary   $78,300

    Mid-Career Salary     $141,000

    Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is a private nonprofit research university based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1900 by Andrew Carnegie as the Carnegie Technical Schools, the university became the Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1912 and began granting four-year degrees. (Image source: Carnegie Mellon University)

  • top engineering schools, Lehigh University, MIT, Harvey Mudd, Stanford, CalTech, Georgia Tech, Coast Guard Academy, Clarkson University, Worcester Polytechnic

    #11 Worcester Polytechnic Institute

    Early Career Salary   $75,200

    Mid-Career Salary     $142,100

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) is a private research university in Worcester, Massachusetts, focusing on the instruction and research of technical arts and applied sciences. Founded in 1865 in Worcester, WPI was one of the United States' first engineering and technology universities. (Image source: Worcester Polytechnic)

  • top engineering schools, Lehigh University, MIT, Harvey Mudd, Stanford, CalTech, Georgia Tech, US Merchant Marine Academy

    #10 US Merchant Marine Academy

    Early Career Salary   $82,900

    Mid-Career Salary     $143,500

    The United States Merchant Marine Academy (also known as USMMA or Kings Point), one of the five United States service academies, is located in Kings Point, New York. It is charged with training officers for the United States Merchant Marine, branches of the military, and the transportation industry. (Image source: US Merchant Marine Academy)

  • top engineering schools, Lehigh University, MIT, Harvey Mudd, Stanford, CalTech, Georgia Tech, Colorado School of Mines

    #9 Colorado School of Mines

    Early Career Salary   $76,200

    Mid-Career Salary     $143,600

    Colorado School of Mines , also referred to as "Mines" , is a public teaching and research university in Golden, Colorado, devoted to engineering and applied science, with special expertise in the development and stewardship of the Earth's natural resources. (Image source: Colorado School of Mines)

  • top engineering schools, Lehigh University, MIT, Harvey Mudd, Stanford, CalTech, Georgia Tech

    #8 Lehigh University

    Early Career Salary   $70,500

    Mid-Career Salary     $143,700

    Lehigh University is an American private research university in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. It was established in 1865 by businessman Asa Packer. Its undergraduate programs have been coeducational since the 1971–72 academic year. As of 2014, the university had 4,904 undergraduate students and 2,165 graduate students. (Image source: Lehigh University)

  • top engineering schools, Lehigh University, MIT, Harvey Mudd, Stanford, CalTech, Georgia Tech, Stevens Institute of Technology

    #7 Stevens Institute of Technology

    Early Career Salary   $76,200

    Mid-Career Salary     $145,800

    Stevens Institute of Technology (SIT) is a private, coeducational research university located in Hoboken, New Jersey. The university also has a satellite location in Washington, D.C. Incorporated in 1870, it is one of the oldest technological universities in the United States. (Image source: Stevens Institute of Technology)

  • top engineering schools, Lehigh University, MIT, Harvey Mudd, Stanford, CalTech, Georgia Tech, Webb Institute

    #6 Webb Institute

    Early Career Salary   $80,900

    Mid-Career Salary     $145,800

    Webb Institute is a private undergraduate engineering college in Glen Cove, New York on Long Island. Each graduate of Webb Institute earns a Bachelor of Science degree in naval architecture and marine engineering. Successful candidates for admission receive full tuition for four years. (Image source: Webb Institute)

  • top engineering schools, Lehigh University, MIT, Harvey Mudd, Stanford, CalTech, Georgia Tech, Caltech

    #5 California Institute of Technology

    Early Career Salary   $89,900

    Mid-Career Salary     $156,900

    The California Institute of Technology (abbreviated Caltech) is a private doctorate-granting research university located in Pasadena, California, United States. Known for its strength in natural science and engineering, Caltech is often ranked as one of the world's top-ten universities. (Image source: Caltech)

  • top engineering schools, Lehigh University, MIT, Harvey Mudd, Stanford, CalTech, Georgia Tech, US Naval Academy

    #4 US Naval Academy

    Early Career Salary   $85,000

    Mid-Career Salary     $158,800

    The United States Naval Academy (also known as USNA , Annapolis , or simply Navy) is a four-year coeducational federal service academy adjacent to Annapolis, Maryland. Established on 10 October 1845, under Secretary of the Navy George Bancroft. (Image source: US Naval Academy)

  • top engineering schools, Lehigh University, MIT, Harvey Mudd, Stanford, CalTech, Georgia Tech, Caltech, MIT

    #3 Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Early Career Salary $89,900

    Mid-Career Salary $159,400

    The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is a private research university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States. Founded in 1861 in response to the increasing industrialization of the United States, MIT adopted a European polytechnic university model and stressed laboratory instruction. (Image source: Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

  • top engineering schools, Lehigh University, MIT, Harvey Mudd, Stanford, CalTech, Georgia Tech, Stanford

    #2 Stanford University

    Early Career Salary   $83,500

    Mid-Career Salary     $161,400

    Stanford University (officially Leland Stanford Junior University , colloquially the Farm ) is a private research university in Stanford, California. Stanford is known for its academic strength, wealth, proximity to Silicon Valley, and ranking as one of the world's top universities. (Image source: Stanford)

  • top engineering schools, Lehigh University, MIT, Harvey Mudd, Stanford, CalTech, Georgia Tech, Harvey Mudd College

    #1 Harvey Mudd College

    Early Career Salary   $90,700

    Mid-Career Salary     $161,800

    Harvey Mudd College (HMC) is a private residential undergraduate science and engineering college in Claremont, California. It is one of the institutions of the contiguous Claremont Colleges which share adjoining campus grounds. (Image source: Harvey Mudd College)

 

Rob Spiegel has covered automation and control for 19 years, 17 of them for Design News . Other topics he has covered include supply chain technology, alternative energy, and cyber security. For 10 years, he was owner and publisher of the food magazine Chile Pepper.

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