Tennessee Technological University (TTU) Alumni Average Salary

It's hard to find a better value for your tuition dollar than at Tennessee Technological University, a university based in Cookeville, Tenn.. The school is ranked in the top 14 percent of universities by return on investment. Students searching for a quaint college campus with a significant athletic presence fit in well at this school, though many graduate to urban areas like Nashville, Tenn., Cookeville, Tenn., and Knoxville, Tenn. after college. This overview is based on graduates' answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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National Salary Data 
Manufacturing Engineer
6 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
4 salaries
Engineering Group Manager
4 salaries
Electrical Engineer
3 salaries
Software Engineer
3 salaries
Senior Mechanical Engineer
2 salaries
Quality Manager
2 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 Nov 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 130
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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

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Tennessee Tech alumni find work in an assortment of industries including the aerospace and defense industry, the manufacturing industry, and the engineering services industry. The automotive manufacturing industry registers as the most common industry among alumni. The average starting salary for a graduate of Tennessee Tech is around $63K.


Male graduates of Tennessee Tech out-earn their female counterparts significantly, earning an average of $70K versus about $51K for women. Men make up the majority of graduates who answered the questionnaire for a male-to-female ratio of more than 3 to 1.


The Tennessee Tech alumni who make the most are Engineering Group Managers; they report a median pay of $93K. Electrical Engineers and Mechanical Engineers draw in a fair amount as well — $79K and approximately $66K, respectively. Salaries are anything but generous for Systems Administrators, whose earnings rank lowest on the pay scale at $50K.


Nashville, Tenn. is a hub for Tennessee Tech graduates — a large number call this city home. Another city that attracts a wealth of Tennessee Tech grads is Kingsport, Tenn.; given its high compensation ($85K is the average salary), the city's popularity should come as no surprise. Tennessee Technological University pride remains intact long after college is over, and many former students choose to live in Cookeville despite the city offering some of the lowest median pay (around $41K). Other popular cities for Tennessee Tech alumni include nearby Knoxville, Tenn. and Huntsville, Ala.

Degree Major

A Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering (CE) earns Tennessee Tech students the most money after college (an average about $105K per year). Those holding a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Accounting are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in $36K on average per year.


Project Management is a popular skill among Tennessee Tech alumni, with about one in six workers reporting using it on the job. Former Golden Eagles who have experience with Budget Management can expect to make 43 percent more than other alumni ($90K on average). Engineering Design, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office are among other dominant skills.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni for this school enjoy paid vacation days and about one in five survey participants get paid sick time. A large number of former students save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Health coverage is awarded to most alumni, and dental insurance is issued to a fair number of grads as well. Additional perks enjoyed by Tennessee Technological University grads include life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Median pay for Murray State University grads is approximately $63K, making their salaries most similar to those of Tennessee Tech grads. Austin Peay State University, Western Kentucky University, and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga are also similar to Tennessee Tech.

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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 %
$30,315 - $80,862
$39,264 - $91,269
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5
based on 40 votes.
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