Tennessee Tech alumni belong to a wide range of sectors. A few fields in which grads tend to find work include the automotive manufacturing industry, the civil engineering services industry, and the education industry. Among Tennessee Tech grads, the manufacturing industry is a commonly chosen career field. Tennessee Tech graduates see an average starting salary of about $57K.
A gender wage gap becomes apparent after college, with female graduates earning only around $42K on average compared to $64K for male graduates.
Nashville, Tenn. is a hub for Tennessee Tech graduates — a large number call this city home. In addition, former Tennessee Tech students often head to Chattanooga, Tenn. after graduating, where the median salary comes to $68K in this top-paying city. On the other hand, Tennessee Tech alumni who end up in Knoxville, Tenn. receive the lowest median salary of approximately $41K.
Former Golden Eagles who fare the best in terms of salary hold a Master of Science (MS) and earn a median salary of $105K per year. Graduates holding a Bachelor's Degree fare the worst in terms of compensation with an average yearly salary of $57K.
Engineering Design is a common skill among Tennessee Tech alumni — just under one in four grads mention using it at work. Former Golden Eagles with Manufacturing Process Engineering abilities can expect to make 73 percent more than their former classmates (about $99K). Demonstrated ability in Project Management, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office rank among leading skills as well.
Benefits and Perks
When it comes to paid time off, there is more lenience involving vacation than illness; just over two-fifths of respondents get vacation time, whereas just one-fourth of alumni get paid sick leave. A large number of survey participants set up a 401(k) to save for retirement. Health insurance benefits extend to a large number of alums, and a strong majority of respondents sign up for dental plans. Alumni of Tennessee Technological University also take in life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.
Alumni of Western Kentucky University pick up average paychecks of $55K, which is closest to the amount made by Tennessee Tech grads among similar schools. Other schools similar to Tennessee Tech include Austin Peay State University, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and Murray State University.