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Engineering: Environmental Engineering Focus

Katie Schenk - January 14, 2020

MS environmental engineering programmes

U.S. News & World Report ranks environmental engineering as the 3rd best engineering job with an above average score for upward mobility. It’s an impressive title to hold – and one that is well deserved.

How much do environmental engineers earn in the US?

Salaries for environmental engineers aren’t the highest in engineering, but the 2018 median pay of $87,620 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 $117,922 and $128,314. 

Take a look at the annual mean wage for top-paying industries for environmental engineering:

  • Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing: $110,310
  • Waste Collection: $108,540
  • Chemical Manufacturing: $107,360
  • Oil and Gas Extraction: $107,140
  • Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing: $106,510

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. 

Where do environmental engineers work in the US?

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

  • California
  • Texas
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Massachusetts

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

Top environmental engineering masters programmes in the US

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

University of California Berkeley - School of Engineering

Berkeley (San Francisco), California | West

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 3
  • USNWR environmental department rank: 1
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $60,932
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering (MSCEE)
    • Environmental Engineering and Public Policy (MPP/MS)
  • Take a look at companies recruiting Berkeley graduates.

Stanford University - Stanford School of Engineering

Stanford (San Francisco), California | West

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 2
  • USNWR environmental department rank: 2
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $101,108
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering (MSCEE)
    • Engineer in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Take a look at companies recruiting Stanford graduates.


University of Michigan Ann Arbor - College of Engineering

Ann Arbor, Michigan | Midwest

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 5
  • USNWR environmental department rank: 3
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $72,724
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Engineering in Environmental Engineering (MSEEE)

Georgia Institute of Technology - College of Engineering

Atlanta, Georgia | South

University of Illinois Urbana-​Champaign - College of Engineering

Urbana, Illinois | Midwest

University of Texas ​Austin - Cockrell School of Engineering

Austin, Texas| West

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 11
  • USNWR environmental department rank: 4
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $39,476
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Engineering in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering
  • Offers spring admissions.
  • Take a look at companies recruiting Cockrell graduates.

Carnegie Mellon University - College of Engineering

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | Midwest

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 4
  • USNWR environmental department rank: 7
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $73,861
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Offers spring admissions.

Virginia Tech - College of Engineering

Blacksburg, Virginia | South

Massachusetts Institute of Technology - School of Engineering

Cambridge (Boston), Massachusetts | Northeast

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 1
  • USNWR environmental department rank: 10
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $96,580
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Engineering in Civil and Environmental Engineering

    • Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • Take a look at companies recruiting MIT engineering graduates.

Cornell University - College of Engineering

Ithaca, New York| Northeast

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 14
  • USNWR environmental department rank: 10
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $86,876
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Engineering in Civil and Environmental Engineering
    • Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Offers spring admissions.

Duke University - Pratt School of Engineering

Durham, North Carolina | South

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 24
  • USNWR environmental department rank: 10
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $79,830
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering

    • Master of Engineering in Environmental Engineering

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

Arizona State University - Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Tempe, Arizona | West

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 44
  • USNWR environmental department rank: 13
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $48,555
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Civil, environmental and sustainable engineering

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

Rice University - George R. Brown School of Engineering

Houston, Texas | West

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 27
  • USNWR environmental department rank: 14
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $67,714
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Civil and Environmental Engineering (M.C.E.E.)
  • Offers spring admissions.

University of California ​Davis - College of Engineering

Davis (Sacramento), California | West

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 31
  • USNWR environmental department rank: 14
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $53,082
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering

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

Boulder, Colorado | West

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 31
  • USNWR environmental department rank: 14
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $57,346
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Environmental Engineering

Purdue University - College of Engineering

West Lafayette, Indiana| Midwest

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 8
  • USNWR environmental department rank: 18
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $44,908
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Environmental and Ecological Engineering (MSEEE)
  • Offers spring admissions.

Princeton University - School of Engineering and Applied Science

Princeton, New Jersey| Northeast

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 17
  • USNWR environmental department rank: 18
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $85,120
  • Degrees available
    • M.S.E. in Civil and Environmental Engineering

    • M.Eng. in Civil and Environmental Engineering

University of Wisconsin ​Madison - College of Engineering

Madison, Wisconsin| Midwest

University of Minnesota Twin Cities - College of Science and Engineering

Minneapolis, Minnesota | Midwest

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 27
  • USNWR environmental department rank: 18
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $47,164
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Environmental Engineering
    • Master of Engineering in Environmental Engineering
  • Offers spring admissions.
  • Take a look at companies recruiting Minnesota graduates.

Northwestern University - Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering

Evanston (Chicago), Illinois| Midwest

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 20
  • USNWR environmental department rank: 23
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $83,098
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering (MSCEE)

University of Washington - College of Engineering

Seattle, Washington | West

Johns Hopkins University - Whiting School of Engineering

Baltimore, Maryland | Northeast

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 17
  • USNWR environmental department rank: 26
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $74,642
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Geography and Environmental Engineering
    • Master of Science in Engineering in Geography and Environmental Engineering

North Carolina State University - College of Engineering

Raleigh, North Carolina| South

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 24
  • USNWR environmental department rank: 26
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $47,473
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Environmental Engineering (MSENE)
    • Master of Environmental Engineering (MENE)
  • Offers spring admissions.
  • Take a look at companies recruiting NC State graduates.

Pennsylvania State University University Park - College of Engineering

University Park, Pennsylvania | Northeast

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 35
  • USNWR environmental department rank: 26
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $54,000
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) in Environmental Engineering
    • Master of Science (M.S.) in Environmental Engineering
  • Offers spring admissions.

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

New York, New York | Northeast

University of Southern California - Viterbi School of Engineering

Los Angeles, California | West

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 9
  • USNWR environmental department rank: 31
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $84,307
  • Degrees available
    • Master's of Science in Environmental Engineering (MSENE)

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

University of California ​Irvine - Henry Samueli School of Engineering

Irvine (Los Angeles), California | West

Ohio State University - College of Engineering

Columbus, Ohio | Midwest

University of Florida - Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering

Gainesville, Florida | South

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 45
  • USNWR environmental department rank: 35
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $48,234
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Environmental Engineering
    • Master of Engineering in Environmental Engineering

Northeastern University - College of Engineering

Boston, Massachusetts | Northeast

University of Notre Dame - College of Engineering

Notre Dame, Indiana | Midwest

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 47
  • USNWR environmental department rank: 40
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $76,280
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Environmental Engineering
  • Offers spring admissions.

Vanderbilt University - School of Engineering

Nashville, Tennessee | South

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 39
  • USNWR environmental department rank: 48
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $57,757
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Environmental Engineering
    • Master of Engineering in Environmental Engineering
  • Take a look at companies recruiting Vanderbilt graduates.

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Post updated for accuracy and freshness on January 14, 2019. Originally published on October 31, 2017.


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