I know this is not really a good question...and the purpose of pursuing a Ph.D is more than earning money. but i am really concerned with how much i can earn upon getting a Ph.D because i want to repay my undergrad student loans ASAP. I am an international student and know almost no one who has graduated from any top engineering schools in the States. I dont have relatives in the US either...so i hope people in this forum can help me a little bit on that. I am sorry if i sound naive as it appears that my purpose of advanced studies is about to earn money.
I have decided to get a Ph.D and am recently admitted to a top 10 engineering school with renowned reputation. I wonder what is roughly the starting pay when I graduate and join the industry working as an research engineer? I know the number varies from major to major and may be influenced by many other factors like the location of the company and the nature of work. I just need a rough estimate or a range. Thank you.