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Schools Offering Engineering Programs in California

Approximately 1.3% of graduates in of California receive engineering degrees every year. In other words, every year an estimated 11,920 engineers graduate from California's 124 engineering schools.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in California that has a engineering program is Stanford University. Stanford University, which was ranked 2nd in the country in 2010, is located in Stanford. 970 students graduated with a degree in engineering from Stanford University in 2010. The tuition rate at Stanford University was $40,172 per year.

University of California-Berkeley, which was ranked 5th nationwide in 2010, is the second-ranked school in California that has a engineering program. It is located in Berkeley. 952 students graduated with degree in engineering from University of California-Berkeley in 2010. Students at University of California-Berkeley paid $10,940 per year in tuition fees.

The third-ranked school in California that has a engineering program is University of California-Los Angeles. University of California-Los Angeles, which was ranked 5th in the country in 2010, is located in Los Angeles. In 2010, 790 students graduated from University of California-Los Angeles engineering program. Students at University of California-Los Angeles paid $10,781 per year in tuition fees.


Tuition at California's engineering schools ranges from $41,130 per year to $624 per year. But, the average tuition is $7,341 per year. In 2010, the engineering schools that charged the highest tuition rates in California were:

  1. Pitzer College - located in Claremont, students are charged $41,130 per year
  2. University of Southern California - located in Los Angeles, students are charged $41,022 per year
  3. Scripps College - located in Claremont, students are charged $40,450 per year

The engineering schools in California that charged the lowest tuition rates were:

  1. West Hills College Lemoore - located in Lemoore, students are charged $624 per year
  2. San Joaquin Delta College - located in Stockton, students are charged $624 per year
  3. Cosumnes River College - located in Sacramento, students are charged $644 per year

An engineering degree from a California school... what next?

Many California engineering graduates become a agricultural engineer, transportation engineer, industrial safety engineer, marine engineer, and materials engineer. If you decide to work as an engineer in California, you will be joining the ranks of approximately 167,230 California engineer as of 2010. This number includes 28,860 engineering managers, 210 agricultural engineers, and 36,120 transportation engineers. The largest populations of California engineer are working in the following counties:

  1. Los Angeles County - 39,360 engineers
  2. San Benito County - 24,590 engineers
  3. San Diego County - 19,530 engineers

Projected Growth

The government projects that, by 2018, the number of engineers in the state of California will grow to 207,700. This would require a 7% growth in the field.


On average, engineers earn $81,743 per year. In 2010, however, some California engineer earned as little as less than $25,890 per year or as much as more than $165,470 per year. On average engineer earn the most in the following California counties:

  1. Sutter County - $92,683 per year
  2. Amador County - $91,250 per year
  3. Napa County - $91,230 per year

The California counties with the lowest average salary for engineers are:

  1. Colusa County - $68,290 per year
  2. Del Norte County - $70,004 per year
  3. Tulare County - $72,297 per year

The engineers with highest average salaries in California were:

  1. Engineering Manager - $144,940 per year
  2. Mining Engineer - $115,660 per year
  3. Engineering Teacher - $109,780 per year

The engineers with lowest average salaries in California were:

  1. Mechanical Engineering Technician - $55,590 per year
  2. Industrial Engineering Technician - $52,080 per year

More Information

Take a look at the graphs and charts below for additional California statistics regarding a career in engineering and to compare salaries with a variety of related fields such as mechanical engineering or civil engineering.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Engineering in California
  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering in California
  • Master's Degree in Engineering in California
  • Doctoral Degree in Engineering in California
  • Certificate in Engineering in California

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Civil Engineers 36,120 $94,970 -6.3%
Architectural and Engineering Managers 28,860 $144,940 -16.0%
Engineers, All Other 23,020 $102,550 0.9%
Mechanical Engineers 22,000 $90,860 -4.2%
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians 18,870 $61,970 -16.9%
Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other 9,580 $64,590 4.6%
Civil Engineering Technicians 7,610 $62,420 -14.4%
Industrial Engineering Technicians 4,250 $52,080 -32.8%
Mechanical Engineering Technicians 3,320 $55,590 -41.5%
Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary 2,940 $109,780 5.8%
Environmental Engineering Technicians 2,570 $57,760 10.8%
Materials Engineers 2,520 $98,940 14.0%
Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors 2,360 $86,710 -22.4%
Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians 1,680 $58,520 20.9%
Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers 550 $115,660 48.6%
Ship Engineers 480 $70,190 -49.5%
Marine Engineers and Naval Architects 290 $67,070 -12.1%
Agricultural Engineers 210 $76,770 -4.5%

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