Average Salary for Tennessee Technological University (TTU) Alumni

Students looking for a top-value school need look no further than Tennessee Technological University. It is a university based in Cookeville, Tenn. that is ranked 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 Chattanooga, Tenn. following graduation. The numbers in this rundown were provided by the Tennessee Tech grads who participated in PayScale's salary survey.

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Typical Early Career Salary

Tennessee Technological University (TTU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
Electrical Engineer
6 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
6 salaries
Manufacturing Engineer
5 salaries
Software Engineer
5 salaries
Engineering Group Manager
4 salaries
Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer
3 salaries
Structural Engineer
3 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 232

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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

51 %

26 %

73 %

36 %

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Tennessee Tech alumni find work in an assortment of industries including the manufacturing industry, the automotive manufacturing industry, and the automotive systems and components manufacturing industry. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the aerospace and defense industry. The average starting salary for a graduate of Tennessee Tech is around $62K.


After college, a notable gender gap appears: the average female graduate makes $47K where the average male graduate hauls home approximately $69K. The number of male graduates who responded to the survey outweighs the number of women with a male-to-female ratio of more than 3 to 1.


Tennessee Tech grads who become Engineering Group Managers garner financial rewards beyond any other job type for this group — these alumni rake in an average $93K annually. However, Electrical Engineers and Structural Engineers also rank as top-earners (bringing in $79K and about $73K, respectively). Manufacturing Engineers get the short end of the stick when it comes to salary; grads report making an average of $58K in this job.


Nashville, Tenn. is a hub for Tennessee Tech graduates — a large number call this city home. The top-paying city popular with Tennessee Tech alumni is Huntsville, Ala., which offers a median salary of $82K. Relative to other popular cities, Cookeville ranks low on the pay scale (average pay is approximately $46K); however, Tennessee Technological University grads enjoy the area so much that they often choose to reside here after graduation despite the drawback in salary. In addition, Tennessee Tech grads flock to neighboring Knoxville, Tenn. as well as Chattanooga, Tenn.

Degree Major

Tennessee Tech grads who hold a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Finance can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning an average $104K per year. Graduates holding a Bachelor's Degree, Accounting & Finance fare the worst in terms of compensation with an average yearly salary of about $38K.


Engineering Design is a popular skill among Tennessee Tech alumni, with roughly a sixth of workers reporting using it on the job. For former Golden Eagles, proficiency in Budget Management warrants a paycheck that is 38 percent more than other alumni salaries. Other top skills include Project Management, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office.

Benefits and Perks

Though vacation and sick days are paid for some, these benefits are reported by the minority of graduates (two-fifths of alumni and one in five survey participants, respectively). A large number of alumni plan for retirement by taking advantage of a company-sponsored 401(k) program. Benefits are rather generous for graduates of this school; most former students are rewarded with health insurance and a fair number of respondents report dental coverage, too. Tennessee Technological University alumni are also on the receiving end of life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Eastern Kentucky University graduates, who earn around $61K on average, make a similar amount to Tennessee Tech grads. 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.
920 1250
ACT Scores 20 26

Key Stats for Tennessee Technological University (TTU)


26 %
74 %
$30,065 - $66,500
$40,605 - $91,029
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 69 votes.

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