Average Salary for University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Alumni

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. Most often cast as a die-hard sports school first, University of Minnesota students study hard as they cheer on the Golden Gophers. English is one of the most popular majors at the University of Minnesota, and the student ranks boast SAT and ACT test scores that sit well above the national average. Figures cited in this summary are based on graduates' replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Alumni

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National Salary Data 
Software Engineer
23 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
17 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
14 salaries
Electrical Engineer
13 salaries
Project Engineer
11 salaries
Process Engineer
11 salaries
Project Manager, Engineering
10 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,278
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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 health care industry, the medical device manufacturing industry, and the manufacturing industry are just a few of the areas in which the U of M grads find work. The most popular professional field seems to be the education industry. The average salary for a grad from the U of M is $69K.


Male graduates on average earn more than female graduates; the first group banks $78K per year, but the second group takes home only $61K.


Among U of M alumni, those working as Senior Software Engineers report the highest median pay of approximately $97K, followed by Engineering Project Managers ($90K), and Electrical Engineers (about $81K). Project Engineers pick up around $64K in financial rewards, representing the lowest-paid position among alumni.


Many U of M alumni remain in Minneapolis after graduation; half of grads find permanent positions in the workforce here. New York, N.Y. is also a common destination for U of M grads and offers the best pay with a median salary of $82K. The city with the lowest median paycheck frequented by U of M alumni is Chicago, Ill., where earnings average $66K. Other common destinations for U of M grads include close-by 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 approximately $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 $35K.


Many U of M grads have knowledge of Project Management, with approximately one in seven alumni using this program on the clock. Former Golden Gophers with Leadership abilities can expect to make 43 percent more than their former classmates (around $98K). In addition, those who are savvy in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design are also considered highly skilled.

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. Most alums participate in a 401(k) program. Benefits are rather generous for graduates of this school; a large number of alums are rewarded with health insurance and a fair number of grads report dental coverage, too. 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 about $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.

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Test Scores

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

Key Stats for University of Minnesota - Twin Cities


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Job Satisfaction

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based on 308 votes.
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