Average Salary for University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Alumni

Attending the University of Minnesota, a public research university based in Minneapolis, Minn., can pay off for students in the long run, with a ranking in the top 8 percent of universities by ROI. Often heralded for its athletics, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities also offers a top-notch curriculum. The data for this synopsis comes from former U of M students who took the PayScale salary survey.

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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
29 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
22 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
17 salaries
Electrical Engineer
15 salaries
Project Engineer
13 salaries
Software Developer
13 salaries
Project Manager, Engineering
13 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 23 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,669
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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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The U of M alumni find work in an assortment of industries including the medical device manufacturing industry, the education industry, and the manufacturing industry. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the health care industry. The average starting salary for a graduate of U of M is about $68K.


A gender wage gap becomes apparent after college, with female graduates earning only $61K on average compared to $77K for male graduates.


The most lucrative professionals among U of M alumni are Senior Software Engineers; they earn a median annual salary of $97K. Also approaching the top of the pay scale at approximately $92K and around $73K are Engineering Project Managers and Software Engineers. On the lower end, Executive Directors report making $61K.


U of M alumni do not feel the need to relocate after graduation, and close to one-half of grads find stable employment in Minneapolis. Seattle is another hot spot for U of M grads, where salaries rank at the top of the pay scale (compensation averages out to approximately $85K). Though St. Paul takes the cake for lowest pay among U of M grads (the median salary is $65K there), it remains a common destination for former students. Graduates also relocate to Chicago and Denver.


U of M alumni can earn the most money ($118K) at International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. Salaries are decidedly lower at Hennepin County, though, where employees earn around $52K on average.

Degree Major

With annual earnings of $111K per year, former Golden Gophers who have a medical degree are the best paid among the alumni population. Those with a B.A. in Sociology face salaries on the lower end, coming in close to $44K per year.


Former Golden Gophers with Product Development experience garner salaries that are 21 percent more than other grads' salaries. Many former U of M students are familiar with Project Management, and approximately one-sixth of grads move on to positions where this experience is utilized. Experience with Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design is highly valued as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only about two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and one in four survey participants receive sick leave. Health coverage is awarded to a solid majority of former students, and dental insurance is issued to most respondents as well. A solid majority of graduates allocate some part of their earnings to a company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. Other benefits that University of Minnesota alumni receive are life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Michigan State University grads report the most similar salaries to U of M alums, earning about $68K on average. The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Iowa State University, and the University of Iowa are also similar to U of M.

Test Scores

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

Key Stats for University of Minnesota - Twin Cities


44 %
56 %
$35,758 - $82,657
$46,778 - $102,451
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 610 votes.
$36,380 - $75,988
$55,247 - $126,181
$57,928 - $102,262
$45,272 - $122,051
$39,521 - $89,377
$38,215 - $84,601
$43,387 - $100,867
$50,876 - $122,829
$48,000 - $107,001

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