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Engineering: Electrical Engineering Focus

Katie Schenk - December 09, 2019

Electrical engineering

How much do electrical engineers earn in the US?

According to PayScale.com, the average electrical engineer earns $74,887 annually.

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows earnings may actually be higher than that. Tthe 2018 median pay (across degrees) at $96,640 per year, with a mean annual salary of $101,300.

The industries with the highest salaries, according to the BLS, are:

  • Oil and Gas Extraction: $126,610
  • Support Activities for Mining: $126,140
  • Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers: $125,090
  • Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services: $117,740
  • Business Support Services: $117,310

And, if that wasn’t good enough, Monster.com puts it in fourth position for the top ten best-paying master’s degrees. According to this site, the median pay for those with a master’s degree in electrical engineering is $130,000.

Where do electrical engineers work in the US?

In case you’re wondering as you browse the employers that recruit MS and ME electrical engineers on university campuses, the states employing the highest numbers of electrical engineers are:

  • California
  • Texas
  • New York
  • Michigan
  • Pennsylvania

That might help you determine the best programme for your studies as you consider some of the top schools below.

Top electrical engineering masters programmes in the US

Want to learn more about the top MS and Meng electrical engineering programmes in the US? Take a look at their rankings, degrees, estimated cost of attendance and the companies recruiting on their campuses. 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology - School of Engineering

Cambridge (Boston), Massachusetts | Northeast

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 1
  • USNWR electrical department rank: 1
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $96,580
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (SMEE)
    • Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (MEngEECS)
  • Take a look at companies recruiting MIT engineering graduates.

Stanford University - Stanford School of Engineering

Stanford (San Francisco), California | West


University of California Berkeley - School of Engineering

Berkeley (San Francisco), California | West

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 3
  • USNWR electrical department rank: 2
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $60,932
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE)
    • Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering (MEngEE)
  • Take a look at companies recruiting Berkeley graduates.

California Institute of Technology - School of Engineering and Applied Science

Pasadena (Los Angeles), California | West

University of Illinois Urbana-​Champaign - College of Engineering

Urbana, Illinois | Midwest

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 10
  • USNWR electrical department rank: 7
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $50,134
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE)
    • Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering (M.Eng.EE)
  • Offers spring admissions.
  • Take a look at companies recruiting Illinois graduates.

University of Michigan Ann Arbor - College of Engineering

Ann Arbor, Michigan | Midwest

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 5
  • USNWR electrical department rank: 6
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $72,724
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE)
    • Master of Science in Engineering (MSE)

Georgia Institute of Technology - College of Engineering

Atlanta, Georgia | South

Carnegie Mellon University - College of Engineering

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | Midwest

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 4
  • USNWR electrical department rank: 8
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $73,861
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering (M.S.ECE)
  • Offers spring admissions.

University of Texas ​Austin - Cockrell School of Engineering

Austin, Texas| West

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 11
  • USNWR electrical department rank: 9
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $39,476
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering (MSECE)
  • Offers spring admissions.
  • Take a look at companies recruiting Cockrell graduates.

Cornell University - College of Engineering

Ithaca, New York| Northeast

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 14
  • USNWR electrical department rank: 9
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $86,876
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Engineering in Electrical and Computer Engineering (M.Eng.ECE)

Purdue University - College of Engineering

West Lafayette, Indiana| Midwest

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 8
  • USNWR electrical department rank: 12
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $44,908
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering (MSECE)
  • Offers spring admissions.

Columbia University - The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science

New York, New York | Northeast

University of California ​San Diego - Jacobs School of Engineering

San Diego, California | West

University of California Los Angeles - Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science

Los Angeles, California | West

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 16
  • USNWR electrical department rank: 13
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $73,861
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering (MSECE)
  • Take a look at UCLA Career Center partners.

University of Southern California - Viterbi School of Engineering

Los Angeles, California | West

University of Maryland ​College Park - A. James Clark School of Engineering

College Park (Washington DC), Maryland | Northeast

University of Wisconsin ​Madison - College of Engineering

Madison, Wisconsin| Midwest

Johns Hopkins University - Whiting School of Engineering

Baltimore, Maryland | Northeast

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 17
  • USNWR electrical department rank: 14
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $74,642
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Engineering (MSE)

University of California ​Santa Barbara - College of Engineering

Santa Barbara, California | West

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 24
  • USNWR electrical department rank: 19
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $54,759
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Computer Engineering (MSCE)

    • Master of Science in Communications, Control & Signal Processing (MSCCSP)

    • Master of Science in Electronics & Photonics (MSEP)

University of Washington - College of Engineering

Seattle, Washington | West

Virginia Tech - College of Engineering

Blacksburg, Virginia | South

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 31
  • USNWR electrical department rank: 19
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $46,050
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE)
    • Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering (MEngEE)
  • Offers spring admissions.
  • Take a look at companies recruiting Virginia Tech graduates.

Texas A&M University - Dwight Look College of Engineering

College Station, Texas | West

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 15
  • USNWR electrical department rank: 23
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $40,672
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE)

    • Master of Science in Computer Engineering (MSCE)

    • Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering (MEngEE)

    • Master of Engineering in Computer Engineering (MEngCE)

  • Offers spring admissions.
  • Take a look at companies recruiting Texas A&M graduates.

University of Pennsylvania - School of Engineering and Applied Science

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | Northeast

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 17
  • USNWR electrical department rank: 23
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $80,206
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science of Engineering in Electrical Engineering (MSEEE)

Northwestern University - Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering

Evanston (Chicago), Illinois| Midwest

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 20
  • USNWR electrical department rank: 23
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $83,098
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Computer Engineering (MSCE)
    • Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE)

Duke University - Pratt School of Engineering

Durham, North Carolina | South

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 24
  • USNWR electrical department rank: 23
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $79,830
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering (MSECE)

    • Master of Engineering in Electrical and Computer Engineering (MEngECE)

  • Take a look at companies recruiting Duke graduates.

Rice University - George R. Brown School of Engineering

Houston, Texas | West

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 27
  • USNWR electrical department rank: 29
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $67,714
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Electrical Engineering (M.E.E.)

University of Minnesota Twin Cities - College of Science and Engineering

Minneapolis, Minnesota | Midwest

Ohio State University - College of Engineering

Columbus, Ohio | Midwest

Pennsylvania State University University Park - College of Engineering

University Park, Pennsylvania | Northeast

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 35
  • USNWR electrical department rank: 31
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $54,000
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (M.S.EE)
  • Offers spring admissions.

University of Virginia - School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Charlottesville, Virginia | South

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 41
  • USNWR electrical department rank: 31
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $50,532
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE)
    • Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering (MEEE)

Arizona State University - Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Tempe, Arizona | West

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 44
  • USNWR electrical department rank: 31
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $48,555
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE)

    • Master of Science in Engineering in Electrical Engineering (MSEEE)

  • Offers spring admissions.
  • Take a look at companies recruiting ASU graduates.

University of Florida - Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering

Gainesville, Florida | South

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 45
  • USNWR electrical department rank: 29
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $48,234
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (M.S.EE)
    • Master of Electrical Engineering (M.E.EE)

North Carolina State University - College of Engineering

Raleigh, North Carolina| South

University of California ​Davis - College of Engineering

Davis (Sacramento), California | West

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 31
  • USNWR electrical department rank: 35
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $53,082
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Information Systems 

    • Master of Science inComputer Engineering 

    • Master of Science inElectronic Circuits 

    • Master of Science inPhotonics 

    • Master of Science inRF, Micro- and Millimeter Waves 

    • Master of Science inPhysical Electronics

University of Colorado ​Boulder - College of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Boulder, Colorado | West

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 31
  • USNWR electrical department rank: 38
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $57,346
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Electrical, Computer & Energy Engineering (M.S.ECE)
    • Master of Engineering in Electrical, Computer & Energy Engineering (M.E.ECE)
  • Offers spring admissions.

Northeastern University - College of Engineering

Boston, Massachusetts | Northeast

Iowa State University - College of Engineering

Ames, Iowa | Midwest

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 41
  • USNWR electrical department rank: 38
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $44,902
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE)
    • Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering (MEEE)
  • Offers spring admissions.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - School of Engineering

Troy, New York | Northeast

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 41
  • USNWR electrical department rank: 38
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $74,306
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSELEC)
    • Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering (MEngELEC)
  • Occasionally offers spring admissions.
  • Take a look at companies recruiting Rensselaer graduates.

Brown University - School of Engineering

Providence, Rhode Island| Northeast

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 47
  • USNWR electrical department rank: 45
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $96,328
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE)

Case Western Reserve University - Case School of Engineering

Cleveland, Ohio | Midwest

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 52
  • USNWR electrical department rank: 45
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $67,737
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Electrical Engineering

    • Master of Science in Computer Engineering

    • Master of Science in Systems and Control Engineering

  • Offers spring admissions.
  • Take a look at companies recruiting Case Western graduates.

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Post updated for accuracy and freshness on December 9, 2019. Originally published on October 24, 2017.


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