University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Alumni Average Salary

Attending the University of Minnesota, a university can pay off very well in the long run. The school is based in Minneapolis, Minn., and it is ranked in the top 10 percent of universities by return on investment. Sports occupy center stage in student life (Go Golden Gophers!), but academics are extremely important, too. The figures in this rundown were provided by U of M alumni who took the PayScale salary questionnaire.

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University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Alumni

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National Salary Data 
Software Engineer
96 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
72 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
38 salaries
Financial Analyst
34 salaries
Manufacturing Engineer
33 salaries
Project Manager, (Unspecified Type / General)
33 salaries
Marketing Manager
31 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Apr 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 4,152

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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


State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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Graduates of the U of M are found working in a number of different fields including the software development industry, the retail industry, and the consulting industry. The health insurance industry is the sector most highly represented among alumni. Graduates of the U of M earn around $65K on average.


It's worth noting that female graduates earn a median salary of $61K whereas the men's median is approximately $75K.


Former U of M students with an interest in making money consider becoming Principal Electrical Engineers, the highest-paying gig (average earnings amount to about $118K) among this alumni group. Other well-paid jobs include Directors of Professional Services ($110K) and Human Resources Directors ($98K). Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Recruiters who make an average of $41K.


Many U of M alumni remain in Minneapolis after graduation; more than two-fifths of grads find permanent positions in the workforce here. It is also not uncommon to find former U of M students living and working in Seattle, Wash. — this top-paying city is a popular destination with a median salary of $92K. The city with the lowest median paycheck frequented by U of M alumni is Plymouth, Minn., where earnings average $53K. Nearby St. Paul, Minn. is also a top pick for U of M grads, as is Denver, Colo.

Degree Major

Former Golden Gophers who fare the best in terms of salary hold a Master of Science (MS), Electrical Engineering (EE) and earn a median salary of $117K per year. Those with a B.A. in Communication face salaries on the lower end, coming in at an average approximately $37K per year.


Strategic Planning commands a pay premium of 67 percent for former Golden Gophers. Project Management is a popular skill among U of M alumni, with just under one in five workers reporting using it on the job. Other top skills include Microsoft Office, Engineering Design, and Microsoft Excel.

Benefits and Perks

Paid time off due to illness is less common here than paid vacation time, approximately a fourth of alums report receiving the former, whereas just half of the alumni report receiving the latter. A large number of former students participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. A large number of graduates enjoy benefits like health insurance, while a fair number of respondents receive dental plans, too. University of Minnesota alumni are also on the receiving end of life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

University of Illinois at Chicago graduates, who earn about $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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