Does your dream degree lead to your dream salary?

After graduation, engineering graduates typically earn high salaries compared to the national average. Top earners make $120,315, while the bottom 20% make closer to $49,053. The median grad salary is $76,823.

Engineering graduate salaries over time

The typical early career salary for someone with a bachelor’s degree in engineering is $48,911, and within five years of graduation, this average salary goes up to $61,957.

This chart maps the average workforce wage by years of experience:

Wage ($USD)

Wage Range Median Wage

Years of work experience

Highest paying jobs for engineering graduates

The highest paying career for engineering graduates is engineer, with top salaries averaging around $84,795.

Highest Paying Careers

Avg Pay (USD)

As per most recent US census

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