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Average Salary for East Tennessee State University (ETSU) Alumni

Nestled away in Johnson City, Tenn., the student population at East Tennessee State University, a public research school, is roughly 12,000. The data in this summary come from ETSU alumni who took the PayScale salary survey.

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Typical Early Career Salary

East Tennessee State University (ETSU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
Human Resources (HR) Generalist
4 salaries
Software Engineer
4 salaries
Executive Director
3 salaries
Director of Operations
3 salaries
Retail Store Manager
3 salaries
Business Analyst, IT
3 salaries
Systems Analyst
3 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 27 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 211

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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 banking industry, and the chemical manufacturing industry are popular business areas among ETSU alumni. The most popular professional field seems to be the health care industry. Former ETSU students do not typically enter the dentist's office industry; in fact, less than two percent of graduates find work in this area, making it the least likely field for this group to enter. The average salary for a grad from ETSU is approximately $51K.


After college, a notable gender gap appears: the average female graduate makes about $50K where the average male graduate hauls home around $61K.


ETSU grads who become Software Engineers are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, usually making $95K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Executive Directors and Systems Analysts; their salaries approach $67K and $64K, respectively. Accountants wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning $34K.


Upon earning their degree, many ETSU grads prefer to remain in Johnson City; in fact, just under one in five grads enjoy the area so much that they find permanent jobs in the city. Knoxville is another hot spot for ETSU grads, where salaries rank at the top of the pay scale (compensation averages out to about $64K). For comparison, the lowest-paying city popular with ETSU alumni is Greeneville, which offers median salaries of approximately $34K. In addition, ETSU grads flock to neighboring Kingsport as well as Nashville.


ETSU grads can make the most money at Mountain States Health Alliance; average pay at this company is $71K. Alumni looking to pad their bank accounts should steer clear of CGI Federal; the median salary there is $49K, which is considerably lower than the overall median for all ETSU graduates.

Degree Major

A medical degree leads to the highest pay for ETSU grads ($170K per year). The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a Master of Education (MEd) ($22K annually).


One in ten grads report using Microsoft Excel as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Former Buccaneers with Project Management experience garner salaries that are 35 percent more than other grads' salaries. In addition, those who are savvy in Microsoft Office, Customer Service, and Project Management are also considered highly skilled.

Benefits and Perks

Paid time off due to illness is less common here than paid vacation time, just under a third of former students report receiving the former, whereas just half of the alumni report receiving the latter. For this school, most grads are the recipients of health benefits, and a majority of the survey participants pick up dental plans, too. Most survey participants take advantage of a 401(k) plan. Alumni of East Tennessee State University also take in life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Texas a & M University grads report the most similar salaries to ETSU alums, earning around $52K on average. Middle Tennessee State University, Tennessee State University, and East Carolina University are also similar to ETSU.

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)


47 %
53 %
$30,730 - $68,357
$32,868 - $82,303
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 119 votes.
$61,717 - $80,673
$35,608 - $53,049
$47,500 - $51,268
$28,566 - $67,166
$39,319 - $77,132
$33,523 - $80,000
$32,438 - $90,000
$31,155 - $69,000

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