Median Starting Salaries (by Institution): Aerospace Engineering

Salary (by major) data was collected from the U.S. Department of Education’s (USDOE) College Scorecard platform and indicates the median salary of an institution’s graduates two years after receiving their bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering, along with the number of graduates per institution for which the USDOE has salary data. Since the USDOE focuses only on early-career salaries, we limit the salary tables on our Dataverse to “pre-professional” majors where students are more likely to pursue employment immediately after graduation (e.g., as opposed to attending graduate school) and within their undergraduate field of study.

*Note that the USDOE is not able to disclose salary data by major for all institutions offering a major in this area. For example, if a group of individuals within a certain institution is too small, the USDOE must suppress salary data in order to prevent identification of the group’s individuals.

Table Updated December 2023

Institution# GraduatesMedian Starting Salary
166683Massachusetts Institute of Technology38$83,177MIT
110422California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo52$76,460
123961University of Southern California30$75,832USC
234076University of Virginia-Main Campus23$74,576UVA
168421Worcester Polytechnic Institute44$71,947WPI
188030New Mexico State University-Main Campus27$71,575NMSU
126614University of Colorado Boulder41$71,255CU Boulder
135726University of Miami12$71,015UM; UMiami
170976University of Michigan-Ann Arbor67$70,736UMich
139755Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus120$69,983Georgia Tech
194824Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute80$69,140RPI
134130University of Florida79$68,965UF
207500University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus20$68,666
122755San Jose State University16$68,219SJSU
145637University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign58$68,219UIUC
152080University of Notre Dame20$67,995UND
236948University of Washington-Seattle Campus56$67,995UW
163286University of Maryland-College Park60$67,899UMD
190044Clarkson University69$67,748
214777Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus116$67,660PSU; Penn State
104179University of Arizona26$67,660
179159Saint Louis University33$66,941SLU
228723Texas A & M University-College Station79$66,005
172699Western Michigan University28$65,945
237950West Virginia University Institute of Technology48$65,238
238032West Virginia University48$65,238WVU
104586Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott218$65,080
133553Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach218$65,080
233921Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University134$65,029Virginia Tech; Va Tech
201885University of Cincinnati-Main Campus28$64,990Cincy
178411Missouri University of Science and Technology68$64,659MUST
156125Wichita State University39$64,328
174066University of Minnesota-Twin Cities55$64,328UMN
110529California State Polytechnic University-Pomona83$64,087
228778The University of Texas at Austin93$63,997UT; UT Austin
243780Purdue University-Main Campus54$63,643
104151Arizona State University Campus Immersion59$63,501ASU
201645Case Western Reserve University31$63,501CWRU
204796Ohio State University-Main Campus67$63,377OSU
122409San Diego State University19$63,005SDSU
176080Mississippi State University21$63,005MSU
153603Iowa State University106$62,734ISU
110644University of California-Davis46$61,516UC Davis
100858Auburn University44$61,380
110680University of California-San Diego43$61,218UCSD; UC San Diego
110583California State University-Long Beach59$60,839
133881Florida Institute of Technology37$60,623FIT
110662University of California-Los Angeles19$60,072UCLA
196088University at Buffalo46$59,485
132903University of Central Florida44$59,485UCF
155317University of Kansas14$57,318KU
221759The University of Tennessee-Knoxville25$56,641UTK
199193North Carolina State University at Raleigh20$56,415NC State; NCSU
228769The University of Texas at Arlington41$55,693UT
110653University of California-Irvine33$54,974UCI; UC Irvine
196413Syracuse University13$52,107
145725Illinois Institute of Technology18$49,644IIT

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