University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Alumni Average Salary

It's hard to find a better value for your tuition dollar than at the University of Minnesota, a university based in Minneapolis, Minn.. The school is ranked in the top 10 percent of universities by return on investment. Enthusiasm for athletics forms a core part of campus culture (Go Golden Gophers!), and students supplement the sports fun by taking full advantage of their school's urban environment. This overview is derived from alumni replies to PayScale's salary survey.

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National Salary Data 
Software Engineer
21 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
15 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
12 salaries
Project Manager, Engineering
10 salaries
Process Engineer
10 salaries
Marketing Manager
9 salaries
Operations Manager
8 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 8 Oct 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,032
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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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Former U of M students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including the medical device manufacturing industry, the health care industry, and the manufacturing industry. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the education industry. Starting salaries of about $68K are the median among U of M grads.


A gender wage gap becomes apparent after college, with female graduates earning only around $61K on average compared to approximately $78K for male graduates.


The U of M alumni who make the most are Senior Software Engineers; they report a median pay of $97K. Engineering Project Managers and Electrical Engineers draw in a fair amount as well — $87K and $81K, respectively. Project Engineers wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning $65K.


Graduates of U of M seem to enjoy living in Minneapolis, and just over two-fifths of grads wind up living and working there after graduation. With a median salary of $82K, New York, N.Y. represents the highest-paid city popular among U of M grads. Though Chicago, Ill. takes the cake for lowest pay among U of M grads (the median salary is $66K there), it remains a common destination for former students. Other popular cities for U of M alumni include nearby St. Paul, Minn. and Denver, Colo.

Degree Major

Former Golden Gophers who fare the best in terms of salary hold a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Finance and earn a median salary of about $135K per year. A Bachelor of Science in Sports Management is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with a median annual pay of $36K.


Leadership commands a pay premium of 44 percent for former Golden Gophers. Proficiency in Project Management is common among U of M alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, approximately one in seven former students report doing so. Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni for this school enjoy paid vacation days and about one-fourth of alumni get paid sick time. In an effort to save up for the years ahead, most alums contribute to a 401(k). For this school, most alumni are the recipients of health benefits, and a fair number of survey participants pick up dental plans, too. Graduates of University of Minnesota are also recipients of life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, Michigan State University grads (who make an average of approximately $69K) earn salaries most similar to U of M alumni. Other schools similar to U of M include the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Iowa State University, and the University of Iowa.

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SAT Scores 1740 2100
ACT Scores 26 30

Key Stats for University of Minnesota - Twin Cities


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$36,374 - $81,292
$47,275 - $102,157
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 280 votes.
$33,433 - $76,578
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