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10 Colleges With Highest-Paid Petroleum Engineering Grads

Delece Smith-Barrow, Josh Moody

Programs that lead to the highest starting salaries

College graduates with a specialty in engineering are in high demand. Those who study petroleum engineering are especially sought after and can expect to be well compensated. For students interested in pursuing this field of study, here are the colleges where petroleum engineering graduates earn the most. Earnings were calculated based on PayScale data, which lists the median starting salary for alumni of these programs with three years of postgraduation work experience and whose highest degree is a bachelor's.

University of Tulsa (OK)

U.S. News Rank: 106 (tie), National Universities

Median starting salary of alumni who majored in petroleum engineering: $100,100

Median starting salary of alumni who majored in engineering: $78,800

2018-2019 tuition and fees: $39,552

Learn more about the University of Tulsa.

Marietta College (OH)

U.S. News rank: 13 (tie), Regional Colleges (Midwest)

Median starting salary of alumni who majored in petroleum engineering: $105,100

Median starting salary of alumni who majored in engineering: $99,000

2018-2019 tuition and fees: $36,040

Learn more about Marietta College.

Colorado School of Mines

U.S. News rank: 80 (tie), National Universities

Median starting salary of alumni who majored in petroleum engineering: $107,000

Median starting salary of alumni who majored in engineering: $70,100

2018-2019 tuition and fees: $18,964 (in-state), $38,584 (out-of-state)

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University of Alaska--Fairbanks

U.S. News rank: 215 (tie), National Universities

Median starting salary of alumni who majored in petroleum engineering: $107,000

Median starting salary of alumni who majored in engineering: $68,900

2018-2019 tuition and fees: $8,800 (in-state), $24,970 (out-of-state)

Learn more about the University of Alaska--Fairbanks.

University of North Dakota

U.S. News rank: 205 (tie), National Universities

Median starting salary of alumni who majored in petroleum engineering: $108,700

Median starting salary of alumni who majored in engineering: $64,400

2018-2019 tuition and fees: $8,827 (in-state), $20,891 (out-of-state)

Learn more about the University of North Dakota.

Texas Tech University

U.S. News rank: 187 (tie), National Universities

Median starting salary of alumni who majored in petroleum engineering: $108,800

Median starting salary of alumni who majored in engineering: $70,200

2018-2019 tuition and fees: $11,045 (in-state), $23,495 (out-of-state)

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University of Texas--Austin

U.S. News rank: 49 (tie), National Universities

Median starting salary of alumni who majored in petroleum engineering: $109,600

Median starting salary of alumni who majored in engineering: $74,800

2018-2019 tuition and fees: $10,606 (in-state), $37,480 (out-of-state)

Learn more about the University of Texas--Austin.

Texas A&M University--College Station

U.S. News rank: 66 (tie), National Universities

Median starting salary of alumni who majored in petroleum engineering: $110,200

Median starting salary of alumni who majored in engineering: $72,100

2018-2019 tuition and fees: $10,968 (in-state), $36,636 (out-of-state)

Learn more about Texas A&M University--College Station.

University of Wyoming

U.S. News rank: 183 (tie), National Universities

Median starting salary of alumni who majored in petroleum engineering: $111,500

Median starting salary of alumni who majored in engineering: $63,000

2018-2019 tuition and fees: $5,400 (in-state), $17,490 (out-of-state)

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University of Texas of the Permian Basin

U.S. News rank: 88 (tie), Regional Universities (West)

Median starting salary of alumni who majored in petroleum engineering: $119,500

Median starting salary of alumni who majored in engineering: $84,440

2018-2019 tuition and fees: $7,124 (in-state), $8,274 (out-of-state)

Learn more about University of Texas Permian Basin.

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Schools where petroleum engineering graduates earn high salaries

-- University of Texas of the Permian Basin: $119,500

-- University of Wyoming: $111,500

-- Texas A&M University--College Station: $110,200

-- University of Texas--Austin: $109,600

-- Texas Tech University: $108,800

-- University of North Dakota: $108,700

-- Colorado School of Mines: $107,000

-- University of Alaska--Fairbanks: $107,000

-- Marietta College: $105,100

-- University of Tulsa: $100,100



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