Average Salary for Tennessee Technological University (TTU) Alumni

Ranked in the top 19 percent of universities by ROI, Tennessee Technological University is a university based in Cookeville, Tenn., home to around 10,000 undergraduates. 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, Cookeville, and Knoxville following graduation. Replies from former Tennessee Tech students to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.

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Typical Early Career Salary

Tennessee Technological University (TTU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data (?
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Electrical Engineer
7 salaries
Manufacturing Engineer
6 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
6 salaries
Civil Engineer
5 salaries
Software Engineer
5 salaries
Industrial Engineer
4 salaries
Process Engineer
4 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 257
United States (change)

About This School

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

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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 engineering services industry, the aerospace and defense industry, and the health care industry are just a few professional areas popular among alumni. The most popular professional field seems to be the manufacturing industry. Starting salaries of $61K are common among Tennessee Tech grads.


After college, a notable gender gap appears: the average female graduate makes around $47K where the average male graduate hauls home $67K. Men make up the majority of graduates in a male-to-female ratio of more than 3 to 1.


Tennessee Tech grads who become Electrical Engineers are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, usually making $80K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Structural Engineers and Civil Engineers; their salaries approach $78K and approximately $68K, respectively. Manufacturing Engineers pick up about $60K in financial rewards, representing the lowest-paid position among alumni.


Many Tennessee Tech students are Nashville-bound following college. With a median salary of approximately $87K, Atlanta represents the highest-paid city popular among Tennessee Tech grads. Tennessee Technological University alumni often stay in Cookeville following graduation despite having one of the lowest median salaries among popular cities (about $48K). Nearby Knoxville is also a top pick for Tennessee Tech grads, as is Chattanooga.

Degree Major

A graduate with a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Finance from Tennessee Tech can rake in a whopping $104K per year, more than any other degree from this school. Annual salaries for those with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology are the lowest of the pack, earning around $39K.


Just under a fifth of grads report using Engineering Design as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Competency in Project Management translates into above-average pay for former Golden Eagles — they earn 24 percent more than their fellow graduates. Proficiency in Project Management, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office command top-of-the-line rewards as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only about half of the alumni enjoy paid vacation and one-fourth of alumni receive sick leave. The greater part of former students enjoy benefits like health insurance, while a fair portion of survey participants receive dental plans, too. The greater part of grads save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Other benefits that Tennessee Technological University alumni receive are life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Murray State University grads report the most similar salaries to Tennessee Tech alums, earning $62K on average. Other schools similar to Tennessee Tech include Austin Peay State University, Western Kentucky University, and The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

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 %
$30,873 - $66,007
$39,675 - $88,273
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 108 votes.

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