Top 10 Universities for Engineering Degrees in the US

By Avi Ben Ezra Sunday, August 2, 2020

QS Top Universities has released their official rankings for the top 10 universities to study engineering degrees. The overall scores in this ranking take into account different elements such as employer reputation, H-Index citations, and citations per scholarly paper.

Here are the top 10 universities for tech degrees in the US:

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  2. Stanford University
  3. University of California, Berkeley (UCB)
  4. Harvard University
  5. Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)
  6. California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
  7. Carnegie Mellon University
  8. University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
  9. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  10. University of Texas at Austin

MIT still remains at the top for engineering and technology courses, with the highest overall score and the best reputation. According to Data USA, 191,336 degrees were awarded in 2017, indicating a 5.91% growth from 2016.

What Is the Average Salary for an Engineer?

There are currently 4.48 million people working as engineers, which is a growth of 4.23%. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Employment of engineers is projected to grow 4% from 2014 to 2024, adding about 65,000 new jobs.”

Job search engine Indeed reports the average annual salary for an engineer is $72,687. This number is an average of anonymous Indeed data from 15,100 people.

The previously mentioned report from Data USA indicates that the most common occupation for engineering majors is software developer, which has an average annual salary of $125,284.

The highest-paid cities for software engineers are:

  1. San Francisco, California
  2. San Jose, California
  3. New York, New York
  4. Seattle, Washington
  5. Chicago, Illinois
  6. San Diego, California
  7. Austin, Texas
  8. Atlanta, Georgia

Latest News in Engineering

Four MIT faculty members were selected for the US Department of Energy (DoE) Early Career Research Program. These faculty members are assistant of physics and researcher in the Laboratory of Nuclear Science (LNS), Ronald Fernando Garcia Ruiz; assistant professor of chemical engineering, Karthish Manthiram; assistant professor of physics and researcher in the Center for Theoretical Physics within the LNS, Phiala Shanahan; and assistant professor of mechanical engineering, Wim van Rees.

Along with 72 other scientists, these four faculty members will have their projects funded and supported by the DoE. The Early Career Research Program is meant to boost support for “exceptional researchers during crucial early career years, when many scientists do their most formative work.” University researchers like the MIT candidates will receive up to $150,000 in grants each year for five years.

This is one of many wins for MIT - not only are they consistently considered one of the top universities to study engineering in, but they have four researchers from their departments chosen as researchers this year.

About the Author


Avi Ben Ezra

Avi Ben Ezra is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Cofounder of SnatchBot and SnatchApp (Snatch Group Limited). He leads the Group’s long-term technology vision and is responsible for running all facets of the tech business which includes being the architect of the platforms and UI interfaces.

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