Average Salary for East Tennessee State University (ETSU) Alumni

Nestled away in Johnson City, Tenn., East Tennessee State University, a school, has a student population of roughly 12,000. Enthusiasm for sports runs deep here (Go Buccaneers!), and the urban location affords rich cultural experiences for the students. The figures in this rundown were provided by ETSU alumni who took the PayScale salary questionnaire.

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East Tennessee State University (ETSU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Human Resources (HR) Generalist
4 salaries
Software Engineer
3 salaries
Executive Director
3 salaries
Director of Operations
3 salaries
Business Analyst, IT
3 salaries
Systems Analyst
3 salaries
High School Teacher
2 salaries
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About This School

807 University Pky
Johnson City, TN 37614-0000

East Tennessee State University



State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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Professionally, clinical care, the chemical manufacturing industry, and public K-12 education are popular business areas among ETSU alumni. The most popular field is the health care industry. The average starting salary for a graduate of ETSU is around $51K.


ETSU grads who become Business Intelligence Consultants are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, making an average $97K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Software Engineers and IT Business Analysts; their salaries approach $80K and $68K, respectively. On the lower end, Directors of Operations report making about $47K.


Johnson City is a popular place for ETSU students to settle after graduation, and somewhere between a fifth and a fourth of grads find steadfast employment in the city. With a median salary of approximately $67K, Kingsport, Tenn. represents the highest-paid city popular among ETSU grads. For comparison, the lowest-paying city popular with ETSU alumni is Greeneville, Tenn., which offers a median salary of $42K. In addition, ETSU grads flock to neighboring Knoxville, Tenn. as well as Nashville, Tenn.

Degree Major

A medical degree leads to the highest pay for ETSU grads ($190K on average per year). A Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Accounting commands less pay, and these degree-holders face median pay of $35K.


For former Buccaneers, proficiency in Employee Relations warrants a paycheck that is 3 percent more than other alumni salaries. Many ETSU grads have knowledge of Customer Service, with around one in ten alumni using this program on the clock. Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Project Management are among other dominant skills.

Benefits and Perks

Benefits include paid time off, but vacation days are more heavily handed out than sick days; just over half of the alumni report receiving the former, but only one-third of alumni report receiving the latter. Most alumni take advantage of a 401(k) plan. Most graduates receive health insurance, and a fair number of grads get dental coverage. East Tennessee State University alumni are also on the receiving end of life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

University of Arkansas at Little Rock grads report the most similar salaries to ETSU alums, earning $50K on average. Other schools similar to ETSU include Middle Tennessee State University, Tennessee State University, and East Carolina University.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
890 1100
ACT Scores 19 25

Key Stats for East Tennessee State University (ETSU)


45 %
55 %
$35,497 - $67,893
$30,622 - $81,787

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 48 votes.
$35,608 - $53,049
$48,061 - $51,721
$28,286 - $61,176
$32,578 - $106,421
$43,359 - $82,015
$37,340 - $66,813
$47,569 - $51,539

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