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Engineering: Industrial and Systems Engineering Focus

Katie Schenk - November 09, 2017

Industrial and systems engineering

While there aren’t as many universities offering master’s degrees in industrial and systems engineering as you might find with some of the other disciplines, there is still plenty of choice.

Payscale.com put the bachelor’s salary for industrial engineers between $52,098 and $85,957 in 2015. As with almost every engineering master’s degree, you can expect to earn more as soon as you add that graduate degree to your CV. Systems engineers earn a median of $87,000, while those with a senior position are likely to earn more like $97,000.

And, as you would expect, employment industry plays a big role when it comes to salary. In 2014, industrial engineers working in motor vehicle parts manufacturing earned an average of $75,680 while those in crude oil pipeline transportation earned an average of $111,180 annually.

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for industrial engineers was $84,310 in 2016. And, there is reason to believe salaries will continue to increase – as will the job outlook; the BLS has predicted a ten percent increase in jobs between 2016 and 2026 which is faster than average (albeit only by two to three percent).

And, although industrial engineering working in Alaska earn the highest salaries (followed by California, Texas, Wyoming, and Minnesota), the highest number of jobs are found in Michigan, California, Texas, Ohio, and Illinois. When considering schools, the west and the midwest regions are excellent bets for strong recruiter presence on campus.

But, since there are plenty of employment options, you may want to start your engineering programme search by looking at some of the recruiters active at universities. You never know, you might find your dream school and employer on this post alone. 

Quick view: Top US industrial and systems engineering programmes

Universities: US West

Arizona State University - Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
Tempe, Arizona
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 42
  • USNWR industrial & systems department rank: 24
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $51,411
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
Texas A&M University - Dwight Look College of Engineering

College Station, Texas

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 11
  • USNWR industrial & systems department rank: 22
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $39,959
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
University of California—​Berkeley - School of Engineering
Berkeley (San Francisco), California
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 3
  • USNWR industrial & systems department rank: 3
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $61,102
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
University of California—​Irvine - Henry Samueli School of Engineering
Irvine (Los Angeles), California
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 37
  • USNWR industrial & systems department rank: 44
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $47,837
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
University of Southern California - Viterbi School of Engineering
Los Angeles, California
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 11
  • USNWR industrial & systems department rank: 13
  • 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 industrial & systems department rank: 17
  • 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 industrial & systems department rank: 17 
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $51,321
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes

Universities: US Northeast


Boston University - College of Engineering
Boston, Massachusetts
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 34
  • USNWR industrial & systems department rank: 50
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $70,861
  • 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 industrial & systems department rank: 8
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $79,890
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes

Ithaca, New York

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 13
  • USNWR industrial & systems department rank: 8
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $55,280
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
New York University - Tandon School of Engineering
New York, New York
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 45
  • USNWR industrial & systems 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 industrial & systems department rank: 32
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $42,666
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: No

University Park, Pennsylvania

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 32
  • USNWR industrial & systems department rank: 8
  • 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 industrial & systems department rank: not ranked
  • 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 industrial & systems department rank: 17
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $70,719
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: No
University of Maryland—​College Park - A. James Clark School of Engineering
College Park (Washington DC), Maryland
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 24
  • USNWR industrial & systems department rank: not ranked
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $47,054
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
University of Pennsylvania - School of Engineering and Applied Science
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 19
  • USNWR industrial & systems department rank: 38
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $70,240
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
University of Pittsburgh - Swanson School of Engineering
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 42
  • USNWR industrial & systems department rank: 17
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $50,435
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes

Universities: US South


Georgia Institute of Technology - College of Engineering
Atlanta, Georgia
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 7
  • USNWR industrial & systems department rank: 1
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $58,248
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes

Raleigh, North Carolina

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 25
  • USNWR industrial & systems department rank: 15
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $44,510
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes

Gainesville, Florida

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 42
  • USNWR industrial & systems department rank: 17
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $47,284
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: No
University of Virginia - School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Charlottesville, Virginia
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 39
  • USNWR industrial & systems department rank: 32
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $48,901
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes

Blacksburg, Virginia

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 27
  • USNWR industrial & systems 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 industrial & systems department rank: 24
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $39,658
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: No
Northwestern University - Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering
Evanston (Chicago), Illinois
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 19
  • USNWR industrial & systems department rank: 3
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $73,014
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes

Columbus, Ohio

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 31
  • USNWR industrial & systems department rank: 15
  • 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 industrial & systems department rank: 6
  • 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 industrial & systems department rank: 12
  • 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 industrial & systems department rank: 2
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $68,144
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
University of Minnesota—​Twin Cities - College of Science and Engineering
Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 27
  • USNWR industrial & systems department rank: 27
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $43,006
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
University of Wisconsin—​Madison - College of Engineering
Madison, Wisconsin
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 18
  • USNWR industrial & systems department rank: 8
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $44,369
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes

Universities offering ME degrees

Universities offering spring admissions

Quick view: Top industrial and systems engineering masters recruiters


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