University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Alumni Average Salary

Around 34,000 undergrads attend the University of Minnesota, a school in Minneapolis, Minn.. The school sits in the top 10 percent of universities by return on investment. The school is known for its strong athletic tradition (Go Golden Gophers!), and the urban environment gives students ample opportunity to discover new neighborhoods, restaurants, concerts, and more. Alumni participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

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College ROI Report

117th

20 Year Net ROI 

$485,500

Annual ROI 

9.5%

Total 4 Year Cost 

$97,500

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College Salary Report

192nd

Early Career Salary 

$50,000

Mid-Career Salary 

$87,200

% High Meaning 

54 %

Compare to Other 4-Year Schools

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Alumni

Median Salary by Job

Job
National Salary Data 
$0$50K$100K$150K
Software Engineer
14 salaries
$72,877  
   
Mechanical Engineer
11 salaries
$77,511  
Senior Software Engineer
8 salaries
$110,000  
Project Manager, Engineering
7 salaries
$81,389  
Data Analyst
6 salaries
$60,573  
Marketing Manager
6 salaries
$49,500  
Director of Operations
5 salaries
$107,500  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 8 Feb 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 597
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About This School

100 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0213

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, University of Minnesota - Main Campus, University of Minnesota

34,449

State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

75 %

23 %

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21 %


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Industry

Graduates of the U of M head into a range of vocations when it comes to work; the medical device manufacturing industry, the manufacturing industry, and the health care industry are just a few professional areas popular among alumni. The most highly represented industry among alumni is the education industry. Those with an education from the U of M earn an average of around $68K.

Gender

After graduation, disparities in salary rise to the surface — males earn an average $77K per year compared to females' $63K.

Jobs

The most lucrative professionals among U of M alumni are Senior Software Engineers; they earn a median annual salary of $100K. Also approaching the top of the pay scale at approximately $81K and about $78K, respectively, are Engineering Project Managers and Mechanical Engineers. Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Operations Managers who make an average of $56K.

Locations

Rather than relocating after graduation, many U of M alumni (more than two-fifths of) end up finding permanent jobs in Minneapolis. With a median salary of around $90K, Seattle, Wash. represents the highest-paid city popular among U of M grads. On the other end, U of M grads flock to Bloomington, Minn., which actually offers the weakest median salary of $55K. Other common destinations for U of M grads include close-by St. Paul, Minn. and Chicago, Ill.

Degree Major

Financial compensation is highest for U of M grads with a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Finance (average earnings climb to $130K per year). Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a B.A. in Political Science (PolySci) — their annual income amounts to about $49K on average.

Skills

Competency in Operations Management translates into above-average pay for former Golden Gophers — they earn 18 percent more than their fellow graduates. U of M grads are usually competent in Project Management, and around one in six alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Experience with Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design is highly valued as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni earn paid vacation and just one in five survey participants get paid sick time. It is no small feat that most alumni are given health coverage, and a strong majority of former students accept dental insurance. A large number of alums set up a 401(k) to save for retirement. Other benefits awarded to University of Minnesota alumni include a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

Michigan State University graduates, who earn $67K on average, make a similar amount to U of M grads. The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Iowa State University, and the University of Iowa are also similar to U of M.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1740 2100
ACT Scores 26 30

Key Stats for University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %
Salary
$36,704 - $81,554
Salary
$45,062 - $102,590
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 75 votes.
$41,024 - $83,616
$41,180 - $86,893
$36,212 - $105,077
$28,852 - $80,000
$48,585 - $122,829

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