Carnegie Mellon University Rankings Based on Salary

  • Carnegie Mellon University ranks better than 98% of colleges, based on bachelor's salaries.
  • Carnegie Mellon University ranks better than only 40% of colleges, based on debt for a bachelor's degree.
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Carnegie Mellon University's Top Rankings

Salary and Debt by Major at Carnegie Mellon University

We calculated a salary score for each of Carnegie Mellon University's programs by comparing program-specific median alumni earnings to median alumni earnings for the same program across all schools that provide this data. This way, students can compare the relative salary strength of a specific major at Carnegie Mellon University to the same major at other schools. A school's overall score by level is a weighted average of all of its program scores. Data is sourced from the U.S. Department of Education's College Scorecard and was last updated in December 2020. It reflects median alumni debt upon graduation and median alumni earnings in the year after graduation for students who received federal financial aid.

Salary Scores for CMU Bachelor's Degrees

CMU ranks higher than 98% of colleges for bachelor's degrees, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Architecture 80% $27,000 $52,733 80%
Biology, General 1% $21,500 $16,663 1%
Biomedical/Medical Engineering 89% $21,500 $69,338 89%
Business Administration, Management and Operations 99% $23,250 $81,997 99%
Chemical Engineering 91% $27,000 $77,401 91%
Chemistry 93% $21,500 $49,097 93%
Civil Engineering 88% Not Reported $67,660 88%
Computer and Information Sciences, General 80% Not Reported $71,575 80%
Computer Science 99% $19,500 $156,488 99%
Design and Applied Arts 99% $23,250 $80,391 99%
Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft 99% $27,000 $35,701 99%
Economics 99% $26,000 $74,845 99%
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering 99% $25,636 $118,465 99%
Finance and Financial Management Services 99% Not Reported $97,071 99%
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 82% $27,000 $39,369 82%
Materials Sciences 88% $19,500 $66,077 88%
Mathematics 99% Not Reported $72,899 99%
Mathematics and Statistics, Other 98% Not Reported $106,421 98%
Mechanical Engineering 74% $25,887 $69,338 74%
Neurobiology and Neurosciences 73% Not Reported $33,993 73%
Philosophy 96% Not Reported $45,198 96%
Psychology, General 99% $25,824 $42,682 99%
Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies 95% $22,750 $41,565 95%
Statistics 95% $17,000 $87,183 95%
Systems Science and Theory 96% $26,773 $89,968 96%

Salary Scores for CMU Master's Degrees

CMU ranks higher than 93% of colleges for master's degrees, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Arts, Entertainment,and Media Management 59% $49,021 $47,260 59%
Biomedical/Medical Engineering 11% Not Reported $60,161 11%
Business Administration, Management and Operations 99% $98,040 $135,818 99%
Chemical Engineering 55% Not Reported $79,450 55%
Civil Engineering 57% Not Reported $73,446 57%
Computer and Information Sciences, General 95% $62,738 $119,290 95%
Computer Engineering 99% Not Reported $154,855 99%
Computer Software and Media Applications 33% $126,889 $64,990 33%
Computer/Information Technology Administration and Management 82% $40,839 $96,345 82%
Design and Applied Arts 88% Not Reported $76,460 88%
Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft 68% Not Reported $38,289 68%
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering 97% $34,352 $122,038 97%
Health and Medical Administrative Services 77% Not Reported $88,527 77%
Mechanical Engineering 53% $33,438 $84,653 53%
Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automation Engineering 76% Not Reported $110,878 76%
Music 29% Not Reported $25,580 29%
Public Administration 78% $40,969 $63,005 78%
Public Policy Analysis 89% $47,200 $73,720 89%
Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies 87% $41,000 $48,432 87%

Salary Scores for CMU Doctoral Degrees

CMU ranks higher than 24% of colleges for doctorates, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Engineering, General 24% Not Reported $94,408 24%

Carnegie Mellon University Reviews

Most Recent Reviews

Katherine Fili 9/16/2019

Performance heavy based arts education! I had lots of opportunities to do full roles as an undergraduate student. The campus is easily accessible and the School of Music building is beautiful. My private teacher was Mildred Miller who is unfortunately now retired, but the currently vocal staff has a lot of wonderful teachers.

John 5/1/2019

Carnegie Mellon is a very academically challenging school. The social life and lack of school/life balance makes it even more challenging. But, five years into my career, I feel it prepared me for success in the workforce in every way possible. I have worked at top companies in Silicon Valley and been able to rise quickly thanks to the breadth of my skills. I compare myself to colleagues my age from other leading universities like Stanford and continue to feel I excel above them in many ways due to the work... Read More