Average Salary for Tennessee Technological University (TTU) Alumni

Ranked in the top 14 percent of universities by return on investment, Tennessee Technological University is a university based in Cookeville, Tenn., and it's home to around 10,000 undergraduates. Nestled in a small community, this school is a hub for sports enthusiasts, many of whom relocate to nearby cities after graduation (Nashville, Tenn., Cookeville, Tenn., and Knoxville, Tenn. are some popular choices). This summary is derived from information given by Tennessee Tech grads who completed the PayScale salary survey.

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Tennessee Technological University (TTU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data 
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
Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer
3 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 184
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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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Graduates of Tennessee Tech go into the aerospace and defense industry, the manufacturing industry, and the automotive systems and components manufacturing industry, not to mention a variety of other lines of work. A large chunk of former Tennessee Tech students are employed in the automotive manufacturing industry; in fact, this is the most popular job sector for this population. Median pay for those who graduated from Tennessee Tech amounts to $63K.


There's a noticeable difference between the genders; where the average man hauls in $72K after graduating from Tennessee Tech, the average woman earns only around $51K. The school's graduates who responded to the survey are largely male (the male-to-female ratio is 3 to 1).


Tennessee Tech grads who become Senior Human Resources Managers garner financial rewards beyond any other job type for this group — these alumni rake in an average about $120K annually. However, Engineering Group Managers and Electrical Engineers also rank as top-earners (bringing in $93K and approximately $79K, respectively). Sliding in near the bottom are Systems Administrators, who report earnings of $50K.


The most popular destination for former Tennessee Tech students is Nashville, Tenn. With a median salary of $85K, Kingsport, Tenn. represents the highest-paid city popular among Tennessee Tech grads. Tennessee Technological University grads are so loyal to Cookeville that a sizable number choose to stay after graduating, despite median salary there ranking lowest among popular cities (around $43K). Close-by Knoxville, Tenn. and Chattanooga, Tenn. are also desirable cities among Tennessee Tech alumni.

Degree Major

With a median annual earnings of $95K per year, former Golden Eagles who have a Master of Science (MS), Electrical Engineering (EE) are the best paid among the alumni population. Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Accounting — their annual income amounts to approximately $36K on average.


Former Golden Eagles who have experience with Budget Management can expect to make 40 percent more than other alumni ($87K on average). Nearly one-sixth of Tennessee Tech grads wind up using Engineering Design at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. Also considered top-notch skills are 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-fifth of alumni, respectively). A large number of graduates report contributing to a 401(k). A large number of alumni enjoy benefits like health insurance, while a fair number of respondents receive dental plans, too. Other benefits awarded to Tennessee Technological University alumni include life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Alumni of Eastern Kentucky University pick up average paychecks of $63K, which is closest to the amount made by Tennessee Tech grads among similar schools. Other schools similar to Tennessee Tech include Austin Peay State University, Western Kentucky University, and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

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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 %
$30,120 - $78,513
$40,034 - $91,814
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 49 votes.

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