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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Software Engineer
95 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
81 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
37 salaries
Marketing Manager
36 salaries
Operations Manager
34 salaries
Electrical Engineer
30 salaries
Financial Analyst
28 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Aug 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 4,149
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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 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.


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


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.


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.


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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