Average Salary for Tennessee Technological University (TTU) Alumni

Around 10,000 undergrads attend Tennessee Technological University, a school in Cookeville, Tenn.. The school sits in the top 14 percent of universities by return on investment. Athletic pride runs deep at this small-town school, though a big portion of these sports-loving students relocate to larger cities such as Nashville, Tenn., Cookeville, Tenn., and Knoxville, Tenn. following graduation. The data for this snapshot was collected from Tennessee Tech graduates who took PayScale's salary survey.

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Tennessee Technological University (TTU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location.
Electrical Engineer
6 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
5 salaries
Software Engineer
5 salaries
Engineering Group Manager
4 salaries
Manufacturing Engineer
4 salaries
Systems Administrator
3 salaries
Sr. Human Resources (HR) Manager
3 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 27 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 199
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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 can most commonly be found in the automotive manufacturing industry, the manufacturing industry, and the automotive systems and components manufacturing industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. The majority of Tennessee Tech alumni wind up in the aerospace and defense industry. Median pay for those who graduated from Tennessee Tech amounts to around $63K.


With a 3 to 1 male-to-female ratio, men represent the better half of this school's graduates who completed the questionnaire. A gender wage gap becomes apparent after college, with female graduates earning only $51K on average compared to $71K for male graduates.


Former Tennessee Tech students with an interest in making money consider becoming Engineering Group Managers, the highest-paying gig (average earnings amount to $93K) among this alumni group. Other well-paid jobs include Electrical Engineers ($79K) and Project Engineers (approximately $66K). Collecting the smallest paychecks are Manufacturing Engineers — they bring in about $63K.


Many Tennessee Tech grads flock to Nashville, Tenn. It is also not uncommon to find former Tennessee Tech students living and working in Kingsport, Tenn. — this top-paying city is a popular destination with a median salary of approximately $85K. Though median pay is subpar ($43K) 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. Other cities of interest among Tennessee Tech alumni include nearby Knoxville, Tenn. and Chattanooga, Tenn.

Degree Major

A Master of Business Administration (MBA), Finance will compensate Tennessee Tech grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in $104K on average per year. Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Accounting — their annual income amounts to $36K on average.


Competency in Budget Management translates into above-average pay for former Golden Eagles — they earn 39 percent more than their fellow graduates. Tennessee Tech alumni are often well versed in Engineering Design, with nearly one in six grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. Demonstrated ability in Project Management, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office rank among leading skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to benefits, there is room for improvement — only two-fifths of alumni are paid for vacation and just one in five survey participants for sick time. For this school, a large number of alumni are the recipients of health benefits, and a strong majority of graduates pick up dental plans, too. Most alumni take advantage of a 401(k) plan. Other benefits that Tennessee Technological University alumni receive are life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Compensation averages around $62K for Eastern Kentucky University alumni, making their earnings most comparable to 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)


25 %
75 %
$30,120 - $78,513
$40,343 - $91,459
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 54 votes.
$40,354 - $83,018
$28,997 - $65,466
$31,660 - $90,397
$12,164 - $75,818
$57,252 - $106,332

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