Top 20 Engineering Schools By Salary

These engineering schools are turning out the highest paid grads, including those with bachelor’s and graduate degrees.

Rob Spiegel

February 20, 2020

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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.


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.

About the Author(s)

Rob Spiegel

Rob Spiegel serves as a senior editor for Design News. He started with Design News in 2002 as a freelancer and hired on full-time in 2011. He covers automation, manufacturing, 3D printing, robotics, AI, and more.

Prior to Design News, he worked as a senior editor for Electronic News and Ecommerce Business. He has contributed to a wide range of industrial technology publications, including Automation World, Supply Chain Management Review, and Logistics Management. He is the author of six books.

Before covering technology, Rob spent 10 years as publisher and owner of Chile Pepper Magazine, a national consumer food publication.

As well as writing for Design News, Rob also participates in IME shows, webinars, and ebooks.

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