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Average Salary for Tennessee Technological University (TTU) Alumni

Tennessee Technological University, a university based in Cookeville, Tenn., that is ranked in the top 19 percent of universities by ROI, gives students and parents great value for their tuition dollar. 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, Cookeville, and Knoxville after college. This synopsis is derived from the responses of former Tennessee Tech students who took PayScale's salary survey.

Overall College ROI Rank

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ROI Rank for Public (In-State) Universities

out of 420

Mid-Career Salary Rank for State School

out of 445

Typical Early Career Salary

Tennessee Technological University (TTU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Mechanical Engineer
11 salaries
Civil Engineer
9 salaries
Software Engineer
9 salaries
Manufacturing Engineer
8 salaries
Electrical Engineer
7 salaries
Design Engineer
6 salaries
Structural Engineer
5 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 13 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 325
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Tennessee Technological University (TTU) Details

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

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State Schools, For Sports Fans

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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 automotive manufacturing industry are just a few professional areas popular among alumni. The manufacturing industry is the sector most highly represented among alumni. Starting salaries of $60K are common among Tennessee Tech grads.


Proportionally speaking, (the school has a 3 to 1 male-to-female ratio), the school lends itself to more male graduates. In the Tennessee Tech alumni community, men make a median salary of $67K compared to their female counterparts, who earn around $47K.


Electrical Engineers win the contest for best-paid Tennessee Tech alumni, typically making $80K every year, though Mechanical Engineers and Design Engineers are not far behind at about $62K. Software Developers face rather mediocre compensation — average salaries are actually the lowest at $47K.


Many Tennessee Tech grads flock to Nashville. With a median salary of approximately $80K, Huntsville 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 ($47K). Neighboring Knoxville is another common pick among Tennessee Tech grads, along with Chattanooga.

Degree Major

Tennessee Tech grads who hold a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Finance can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning around $104K per year. The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Management Information Systems (MIS) ($42K annually).


Just under one in five grads report using Project Management as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Project Management commands a pay premium of 25 percent for former Golden Eagles. Experience with Engineering Design, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office is highly valued as well.

Benefits and Perks

Lacking in the benefits department, just half of the alumni report compensation for sick days and only one in four survey participants get vacation time. The greater part of alums enjoy benefits like health insurance, while a fair portion of graduates receive dental plans, too. A strong majority of respondents participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. Alumni of Tennessee Technological University also take in 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 about $62K 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.
960 1250
ACT Scores 21 26

Key Stats

25 %
75 %
$31,660 - $63,770
$39,442 - $87,683
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 136 votes.
$39,502 - $79,978
$29,448 - $60,194
$35,234 - $83,495
$40,345 - $74,497
$54,571 - $103,610

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