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Engineering: Environmental Engineering Focus

Katie Schenk - October 31, 2017

Environmental Engineering

U.S. News & World Report ranks environmental engineering as the best engineering job with above average scores for salary as well as work/life balance. It’s an impressive title to hold – and one that is well deserved.

Though the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reduced the rate of employment growth over ten tears from roughly 12 percent to eight percent in 2016, the current rate of unemployment in the US is 0.8 percent. And, an eight percent industry growth is at least on par with the American economy as a whole.

Salaries for environmental engineers aren’t the highest in the field, but the 2016 median pay of $84,890 is just the median. Those with master’s degrees definitely fare much better – and certainly, the pay increases with the number of years in the field.

According to Salary.com, environmental engineers with master’s degrees and experience can expect a salary between $111,719 and $121,560. But, of course, the solid work/life balance is a compelling reason to get a jumpstart on your education and your career in environmental engineering.

Once you’ve considered some of the top schools, perhaps you’ll want to take a look at the employers recruiting environmental engineers at these universities. It could just be the inspiration you were looking for. 

Quick view: Top US environmental engineering programmes

Universities: US West

Arizona State University - Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
Tempe, Arizona
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 42
  • USNWR environmental department rank: 22
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $51,411
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
Stanford University - Stanford School of Engineering
Stanford (San Francisco), California
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 2
  • USNWR environmental department rank: 3
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $84,726
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
University of California—​Berkeley - School of Engineering
Berkeley (San Francisco), California
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 3
  • USNWR environmental department rank: 1
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $61,102
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
University of California—​Davis - College of Engineering
Davis (Sacramento), California
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 34
  • USNWR environmental department rank: 15
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $51,005
University of California—​Irvine - Henry Samueli School of Engineering
Irvine (Los Angeles), California
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 37
  • USNWR environmental department rank: 28
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $47,837
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
University of California—​Los Angeles - Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science
Los Angeles, California
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 16
  • USNWR environmental department rank: not ranked
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $59,302
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
University of Colorado—​Boulder - College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Boulder, Colorado
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 32
  • USNWR environmental department rank: 9
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $48,932
University of Southern California - Viterbi School of Engineering
Los Angeles, California
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 11
  • USNWR environmental department rank: 28
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $60,387
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
University of Texas—​Austin - Cockrell School of Engineering
Austin, Texas
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 9
  • USNWR environmental department rank: 4
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $37,274
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
University of Washington - College of Engineering
Seattle, Washington
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 25
  • USNWR environmental department rank: 12
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $51,321
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes

Universities: US Northeast

Carnegie Mellon University - College of Engineering
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 5
  • USNWR environmental department rank: 8
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $68,915
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
Columbia University - The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science
New York, New York
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 13
  • USNWR environmental department rank: 30
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $79,890
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
Cornell University - College of Engineering
Ithaca, New York
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 13
  • USNWR environmental department rank: 15
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $55,280
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
Johns Hopkins University - Whiting School of Engineering
Baltimore, Maryland
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 19
  • USNWR environmental department rank: 26
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $70,915
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
Massachusetts Institute of Technology - School of Engineering
Cambridge (Boston), Massachusetts
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 1
  • USNWR environmental department rank: 10
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $82,750
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
New York University - Tandon School of Engineering
New York, New York
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 45
  • USNWR environmental department rank: not ranked
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $58,491
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
Northeastern University - College of Engineering
Boston, Massachusetts
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 39
  • USNWR environmental department rank: 54
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $42,666
Pennsylvania State University—​University Park - College of Engineering
University Park, Pennsylvania
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 32
  • USNWR environmental department rank: 15
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $55,000
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
Princeton University - School of Engineering and Applied Science
Princeton, New Jersey
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 17
  • USNWR environmental department rank: 30
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $74,190
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - School of Engineering
Troy, New York
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 39
  • USNWR environmental department rank: 41
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $70,719
University of Pittsburgh - Swanson School of Engineering
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 42
  • USNWR environmental department rank: 48
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $50,435
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
Yale University - School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
New Haven, Connecticut
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 38
  • USNWR environmental department rank: 10
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $63,762

Universities: US South

Duke University - Pratt School of Engineering
Durham, North Carolina
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 29
  • USNWR environmental department rank: 12
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $75,382
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
Georgia Institute of Technology - College of Engineering
Atlanta, Georgia
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 7
  • USNWR environmental department rank: 7
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $58,248
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
North Carolina State University - College of Engineering
Raleigh, North Carolina
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 25
  • USNWR environmental department rank: 25
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $44,510
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
Rice University - George R. Brown School of Engineering
Houston, Texas
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 29
  • USNWR environmental department rank: 15
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $65,763
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
University of Florida - Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering
Gainesville, Florida
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 42
  • USNWR environmental department rank: 41
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $47,284
University of Virginia - School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Charlottesville, Virginia
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 39
  • USNWR environmental department rank: not ranked
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $48,901
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
Vanderbilt University - School of Engineering
Nashville, Tennessee
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 36
  • USNWR environmental department rank: 41
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $66,732
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
Virginia Tech - College of Engineering
Blacksburg, Virginia
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 27
  • USNWR environmental department rank: 6
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $43,220
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes

Universities: US Midwest

Iowa State University - College of Engineering
Ames, Iowa
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 45
  • USNWR environmental department rank: not ranked
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $39,658
Northwestern University - Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering
Evanston (Chicago), Illinois
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 19
  • USNWR environmental department rank: 22
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $73,014
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
Ohio State University - College of Engineering
Columbus, Ohio
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 31
  • USNWR environmental department rank: 41
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $52,196
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
Purdue University - College of Engineering
West Lafayette, Indiana
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 8
  • USNWR environmental department rank: 25
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $43,118
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
University of Illinois—​Urbana-​Champaign - College of Engineering
Urbana, Illinois
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 9
  • USNWR environmental department rank: 2
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $56,984
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
University of Michigan—​Ann Arbor - College of Engineering
Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 5
  • USNWR environmental department rank: 4
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $68,144
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
University of Notre Dame - College of Engineering
Notre Dame, Indiana
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 48
  • USNWR environmental department rank: 59
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $71,856
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
University of Wisconsin—​Madison - College of Engineering
Madison, Wisconsin
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 18
  • USNWR environmental department rank: 12
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $44,369
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes

Universities offering ME degrees

Universities offering spring admissions

Quick view: Top environmental engineering masters recruiters


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