Average Salary for University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Alumni

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 have a dominant presence on campus, but study habits are taken seriously as well, and students report above-average test scores. This report is based on the responses of U of M graduates who completed the PayScale salary survey.

Read More

Overall College ROI Rank

out of 1223
See full list

ROI Rank for Public (In-State) Universities

out of 408

Mid-Career Salary Rank for State School

out of 445

Typical Early Career Salary

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities 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.
Software Engineer
30 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
18 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
16 salaries
Electrical Engineer
14 salaries
Project Manager, Engineering
12 salaries
Project Engineer
12 salaries
Process Engineer
12 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,572

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)

Comp Managers: Start Here »

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

75 %

23 %

74 %

21 %

Freebase CC-BY Source: Freebase, licensed under CC-BY; IPEDS (As of January, 2015)


Graduates of the U of M head into a range of vocations when it comes to work; the medical device manufacturing industry, the education industry, and the manufacturing industry are just a few professional areas popular among alumni. The health care industry is the sector most highly represented among alumni. Former U of M graduates bring in $68K on average.


Male graduates of U of M out-earn their female counterparts significantly, earning an average of about $78K versus $61K for women.


U of M grads who become Senior Software Engineers are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, making an average around $98K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Engineering Project Managers and Electrical Engineers; their salaries approach $93K and $80K, respectively. Salaries are anything but generous for Marketing Managers, whose earnings rank lowest on the pay scale at approximately $55K.


Many U of M alumni seem to stick around Minneapolis after wrapping up their studies; just over two-fifths of grads remain to find permanent work. Washington, DC is also a common destination for U of M grads and offers the best pay with a median salary of $79K. For comparison, the lowest-paying city popular with U of M alumni is St. Paul, Minn., which offers a median salary of about $66K. Chicago, Ill. is also a top pick, as is Eden Prairie, Minn.

Degree Major

A Master of Business Administration (MBA), Finance earns U of M students the most money after college (an average $120K per year). The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a B.A. in Sociology (around $43K on average annually).


Competency in Product Development translates into above-average pay for former Golden Gophers — they earn 19 percent more than their fellow graduates. Project Management is a popular skill among U of M alumni, with nearly one in seven workers reporting using it on the job. Other top skills include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design.

Benefits and Perks

Just two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and merely one-fourth of alumni get paid sick time. It is no small feat that most survey participants are given health coverage, and a fair number of alumni accept dental insurance. A large number of grads save for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Additional perks enjoyed by University of Minnesota grads include life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Michigan State University graduates, who earn approximately $69K on average, make a similar amount to U of M grads. Other schools similar to U of M include the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Iowa State University, and the University of Iowa.

Test Scores

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

Key Stats for University of Minnesota - Twin Cities


45 %
55 %
$36,220 - $81,824
$47,112 - $102,883
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 403 votes.
$35,479 - $77,670
$53,000 - $119,854
$70,009 - $111,000
$55,450 - $123,871
$40,007 - $89,385
$38,164 - $83,228
$43,636 - $101,806
$51,143 - $111,910
$39,156 - $112,000

More Salary Charts for University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

United States (change)

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Salary and career advice to put you a step ahead.
newsletter icon


Recent Blog Posts on Career News

Want to Get More Specific? Get a Salary Report Customized for YOU

Tell us about your current job and your skillset, and we’ll let you know how much employers are paying in your area.