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Which major pays you more when graduating out of college Mechanical Engineering or Electrical Engineering?

I am going to college soon and both these majors in college seem interesting but I just want to get a better future and job by applying to one of those majors #college #engineering #mechanical-engineering #electrical-engineering

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Raghavendra’s Answer

EE pay is higher. But then again it depends on what industry you end up working in. For e.g. Mechanical engineers make more in medical device industry.
Rather than focus on pay, focus on gaining the skills, knowledge in your major.
Be open to internships in college. Those are very useful during job search after graduation.
All the best.

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Bradly’s Answer

I was faced with this exact dilemma when I was applying for colleges. To answer your question, E.E. starting salaries are slightly higher, and that did affect my decision, but the difference is fairly small so in the long run it's definitely not the only thing you should focus on. It's more important that you look into the sort of course work that you would be doing in each major and see if it's the sort of thing you can see yourself enjoying for 4-5 years.


Try searching for "intro to __ engineering" on YouTube or an online learning site like Coursera. Watch a lecture or two and see if they stimulate your interest. If one stands out more than the other then that might help you decide.


Also keep in mind that for the first year you'll be taking mostly GE classes that should count the same for both majors, so if you choose one and later decide that the other sounds more appealing you may be able to switch (you'll have to ask the dean's office at your particular college to be sure).

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Glenn’s Answer

I find that people who make their career decisions based on pay are often disappointed with their decision. If you have the aptitude for engineering, pick the one that suites your interest the best. They both pay well enough and you can have a good career. It you have an aptitude in both, there are dual degree options, or degrees that utilize both. I suggest you based this more on what you enjoy doing than based on what pays you more.

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Joanne’s Answer

Hi Jabari. One of the things that comes to mind is the fact that both mechanical and electrical engineering majors contribute to a career in hardware engineering, also known as devices engineering. And, +1 to Glenn's response above. Regardless of which major you choose, your ability to earn a salary depends on your ability to enjoy, and ultimately, persist and grow in your role. Either of those majors likely will land you an amazing first job as a hardware engineer.
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