Top Engineering Schools by Salary Potential

New data on the top-ranking engineering schools ranked by expected salaries. The listings show early- and mid-career earnings potential for these top 20 engineering schools.
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    Every couple of years we take a look at the data that shows which engineering schools are producing graduates with the highest out-of-the-chute pay and mid-career compensation. Again, we turn to PayScale.com for the most recent data. This year we decided to look at the top 20 schools to offer a broader look at how engineering schools are stacking up pay-wise.

    One of the interesting things about this survey is that it’s data-based with no subjective judgement calls. PayScale looks at its large pool of salary data to determine which schools have produced the highest paid engineers. Because of this, we’re seeing some institutions that we don’t always see topping the “best engineering schools” lists.

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    20th: Missouri University of Science and Technology

    Engineering, Research University, State School

    Early Career Pay: $67,300

    Mid-Career Pay: 120,600

    (Image source: Missouri University of Science and Technology)

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    19th: University of California-San Diego

    Engineering, Research University, State School

    Early Career Pay: $63,400

    Mid-Career Pay: 123,700

    (Image source: University of California-San Diego)

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    18th: Kettering University

    Engineering, Private School

    Early Career Pay: $69,900

    Mid-Career Pay: 125,000

    (Image source: Kettering University)

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    17th: Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

    Engineering, Private School, Sober School

    Early Career Pay: $68,500

    Mid-Career Pay: 126,200

    (Image source: Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art)

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    16th: Clarkson University

    Engineering, Private School, Research University

    Early Career Pay: $68,500

    Mid-Career Pay: 126,200

    (Image source: Clarkson University)

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    15th: Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus

    Engineering, Research University, For Sports Fans, State School

    Early Career Pay: $72,700

    Mid-Career Pay: 133,400

    (Image source: Clarkson University)

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    14th: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

    Engineering, Private School, Research University

    Early Career Pay: $71,300

    Mid-Career Pay: 134,100

    (Image source: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)

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    13th: Lehigh University

    Engineering, Party School, Private School, Research University, for Sports Fans

    Early Career Pay: $69,500

    Mid-Career Pay: 134,100

    (Image source: Lehigh University)

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    12th: Worcester Polytechnic Institute

    Engineering, Private School, Research University

    Early Career Pay: $73,600

    Mid-Career Pay: 135,500

    (Image source: Worcester Polytechnic Institute)

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    11th: Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

    Engineering, Private School

    Early Career Pay: $75,000

    Mid-Career Pay: 135,800

    (Image source: Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology)

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    10th: Carnegie Mellon University

    Engineering, Private School, Research University

    Early Career Pay: $75,900

    Mid-Career Pay: 136,100

    (Image source: Carnegie Mellon University)

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    9th: Colorado School of Mines

    Engineering, Research University, State School

    Early Career Pay: $75,600

    Mid-Career Pay: 139,600

    (Image source: Colorado School of Mines)

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    8th: Stevens Institute of Technology

    Engineering, Private School, Research University

    Early Career Pay: $75,100

    Mid-Career Pay: 139,900

    (Image source: Stevens Institute of Technology)

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    7th: United States Merchant Marine Academy 

    Engineering, State School

    Early Career Pay: $80,600

    Mid-Career Pay: 140,700

    (Image source: United States Merchant Marine Academy)

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    6th: Webb Institute

    Engineering, Private School

    Early Career Pay: $80,800

    Mid-Career Pay: 141,800

    (Image source: Webb Institute)

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    5th: Stanford University

    Engineering, Private School, Research University, for Sports Fans

    Early Career Pay: $79,000

    Mid-Career Pay: 145,200

    (Image source: Stanford University)

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    4th: California Institute of Technology

    Engineering, Private School, Research University

    Early Career Pay: $84,100

    Mid-Career Pay: 151,600

    (Image source: California Institute of Technology)

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    3rd: United States Naval Academy

    Engineering, Private School, Research University, for Sports Fans

    Early Career Pay: $84,100

    Mid-Career Pay: 152,800

    (Image source: United States Naval Academy)

  • 2nd: Massachusetts Institute of Technology Engineering, Private School, Research University Early Career Pay: $86,300 Mid-Career Pay: 155,200 (Image source: Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

    2nd: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Engineering, Private School, Research University

    Early Career Pay: $86,300

    Mid-Career Pay: 155,200

    (Image source: Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

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    1st: Harvey Mudd College

    Engineering, Liberal Arts School, Private School

    Early Career Pay: $88,800

    Mid-Career Pay: 158,200

    (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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