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Average Salary for Tennessee Technological University (TTU) Alumni

Tennessee Technological University is a school located in Cookeville, Tenn. with around 10,000 undergraduates. Alumni report earning excellent value for their tuition dollars; the school ranks in the top 14 percent of universities by return on investment. This small-town school is a magnet for sports enthusiasts, though many students relocate to larger cities — Nashville, Tenn., Cookeville, Tenn., and Chattanooga, Tenn. are among the top picks — after graduation. The information for this snapshot was generated by alumni responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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Overall College ROI Rank

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ROI Rank for Public (In-State) Universities

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Mid-Career Salary Rank for State School

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Typical Early Career Salary

Tennessee Technological University (TTU) 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.
Electrical Engineer
6 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
6 salaries
Civil Engineer
5 salaries
Software Engineer
5 salaries
Manufacturing Engineer
5 salaries
Industrial Engineer
4 salaries
Senior Mechanical Engineer
4 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 15 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 253

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About This School

1 William L. Jones Drive
Cookeville, TN 38505-0001

Tennessee Tech University, Tennessee Tech. University, Tennessee Technological University



State School, For Sports Fans

51 %

26 %

73 %

36 %

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Graduates of Tennessee Tech head into a range of vocations when it comes to work; the manufacturing industry, the health care industry, and the automotive manufacturing industry are just a few professional areas popular among alumni. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the aerospace and defense industry. Those with an education from Tennessee Tech earn an average of around $62K.


Men might be more likely to graduate from this school than women, given the 3 to 1 male-to-female ratio of survey respondents. It's worth noting that female graduates earn a median salary of $48K whereas the men's median is $69K.


Senior Mechanical Engineers win the contest for best-paid Tennessee Tech alumni, making about $94K on average every year, though Electrical Engineers ($80K), and Civil Engineers (approximately $68K) are not far behind. Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Manufacturing Engineers who make an average of $60K.


The most popular destination for former Tennessee Tech students is Nashville, Tenn. Atlanta, Ga. is also a common destination for Tennessee Tech grads and offers the best pay with a median salary of $87K. Though median pay is subpar (approximately $47K) relative to popular cities, choosing to stay in Cookeville after graduation is a common decision made by many alumni who have developed a love for the area. Nearby Knoxville, Tenn. is also a top pick for Tennessee Tech grads, as is Chattanooga, Tenn.

Degree Major

A Master of Business Administration (MBA), Finance earns Tennessee Tech students the most money after college (an average $104K per year). The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a Bachelor of Science in Accounting & Business (about $37K on average annually).


One in six grads report using Engineering Design as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Knowledge of Project Management seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 25 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($78K). Also considered top-notch skills are Project Management, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office.

Benefits and Perks

Though vacation and sick days are paid for some, these benefits are reported by the minority of graduates (two-fifths of alumni and one in five survey participants, respectively). A large number of survey participants take advantage of a 401(k) plan. Most former students have medical plans, and a strong majority of respondents have dental insurance. Additional benefits handed to Tennessee Technological University alumni include life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

Murray State University grads report the most similar salaries to Tennessee Tech alums, earning around $61K on average. Austin Peay State University, Western Kentucky University, and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga are also similar to Tennessee Tech.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
920 1250
ACT Scores 20 26

Key Stats for Tennessee Technological University (TTU)


26 %
74 %
$30,120 - $69,411
$41,078 - $91,379
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 76 votes.

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