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6/9/2014 03:51 PM EDT
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Kevin Neilson
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Kevin Neilson   6/9/2014 5:06:49 PM
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This data is not terribly enlightening.  Does it include grad students?  Students who can't find  engineering jobs?  I'm a bit dubious of the $89k figure.

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barfoo0   6/9/2014 5:45:40 PM
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Reminds me of "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" or "10 Best Places to Live" of Money magazine. Waste of time.

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Susan Rambo   6/9/2014 6:21:38 PM
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What I thought was informative was that there isn't any one good source for the information. By the way, a similar story was incredably popular on our sister site Design News, a site aimed at mostly mechanical engineers. Maybe this is a tougher crowd. I don't doubt that, but I also wonder would this information, if it could be gathered somewhat accurately, be of any value to students choosing a program. I doubt engineering students pick the job solely for the salary. Engineering is a hard profession unless you like it to begin with.

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Kevin Neilson   6/9/2014 6:54:17 PM
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Such data would be valuable for prospective students.  I don't know how you'd get such data.  Schools definitely won't give you accurate information.  And this data just can't be right.  How is it possible that a student graduating from the #1 school makes $22,000 more than one graduating from the #10 school?  It doesn't make sense.

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_hm   6/9/2014 7:48:11 PM
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EETimes is Global. If your intent is Top ten US, you must state it in your heading.

Outside US, student may get better pay too.

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Susan Rambo   6/9/2014 8:37:57 PM
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It would be interesting to see the worldwide numbers for schools around the globe. Thanks _Hm. I'm glad you see EE Times (US) as global. EE Times started in the United States and EE Times.com mostly serves a US audience so the articles assume a US focus.  Separately owned EE Times franchises exist in Europe, Japan, Asia and we do share some content.  Sorry we didn't make that more clear.

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Susan Rambo   6/9/2014 8:44:58 PM
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Hi anon8464524 -- I'm checking with the author for clarification on the numbers; he did average a couple years' worth of salary data from at least two salary sites to get the larger 80K+ numbers. Part of the problem may be that petroleum engineers skew the data upward -- but I'm not sure if he pulled that number out. Yes, NACE shows salaries at $20,000 less than the top ranking schools in this list. However, maybe means where you go to school makes a difference? Stay tuned tomorrow....

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allcurious   6/9/2014 9:21:48 PM
I remember back in highschool I looked up a list of jobs that I wanted to have, but started filtering out by average salaries of them. I eventually got into engineering related field, specifically R&D. I like my work for what I do, not by how much I receive for it. Articles like this can make prospective students to choose these disciplines for the money, not for their passion for education and their personal value.

Money is probably the few commodity with widely harmonized value, but they shouldn't be the only thing in life.

Show this article to all those Silicon Valley high-school-dropout CEOs and ask them what they think. In my opinion, these drop tous chose to do what they love, and I am sure they didn't want to make money at first (other wise, they wouldn't have dropped out IF this statistic the article shows is true).

Maybe having articles like "Top 10 ECE schools by crime rate" be more useful so at least the prospective students know where to study safe.

I really liked this kind of article when I was a student, but I have figured out it is non-sense when I started working.

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Bert22306   6/9/2014 9:30:32 PM
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Somehow, when MIT comes in 7th for anything related to engineering, you have to wonder. Also, I was surprised to see math sciences listed under a different category than generic engineering. (No, I didn't go to MIT. I'm just sayin'.)

I'm not sure that anyone would or should use these numbers in making a decision on where to go to school, though. There are way too many variables, including in how these numbers were derived.

Making an international comparison might not be all that fair or valid, though, unless one normalizes the results. (For instance, engineering graduate salaries in the country vs the average salary in that country, and even that is fraught with problems. Countries with huge income differences will come out way ahead.) For myself, I can say without hesitation that salary expectations had nothing to do with my choice of major. And by extension, any supposedly different salary expectations of the different schools to which I applied, even less so!

Rankings I would find more valid would be the caliber of student the school admits into their engineering programs. Reason being, that's what the student will be competing against (or with), to get his/her degree. In some schools, it's a particularly "tough crowd," as you put it, Susan. Sort of a trial by fire, if you will, which teaches you to question everything you think you know over and over again.

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elctrnx_lyf   6/10/2014 6:29:27 AM
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I want to go back to one of these schools to enjoy the great college environment.

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