University of Tennessee Alumni Average Salary

Around 21,000 undergrads attend the University of Tennessee, a school in Knoxville, Tenn.. The school sits in the top 28 percent of universities by return on investment. Enthusiasm for athletics forms a core part of campus culture (Go Volunteers!), and students supplement the sports fun by taking full advantage of their school's urban environment. The data for this snapshot was collected from UT graduates who took PayScale's salary survey.

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Mechanical Engineer
9 salaries
Software Engineer
7 salaries
Intern Architect
6 salaries
Electrical Engineer
6 salaries
Senior Project Engineer
5 salaries
Project Manager, Construction
5 salaries
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 Nov 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 486
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About This School

527 Andy Holt Tower
Knoxville, TN 37996


State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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Former UT students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including the engineering services industry, the architectural services industry, and the health care industry. The education industry is the sector most highly represented among alumni. The average starting salary for a graduate of the UT is approximately $61K.


There is a sizable difference between men's post-college salaries and women's: the median for the former is about $68K, but the median for the latter is only $51K.


Among UT alumni, those working as Electrical Engineers report the highest median pay of $92K, followed by Software Engineers (around $82K), and Mechanical Engineers ($65K). Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Intern Architects who make an average of $39K.


UT alumni seem to appreciate living in Knoxville, and nearly one-fourth of grads actually choose to stay and find employment here after completing their coursework. Another city that attracts a wealth of UT grads is Houston, Texas; given its high compensation (about $90K is the average salary), the city's popularity should come as no surprise. For comparison, the lowest-paying city popular with UT alumni is Chattanooga, Tenn., which offers a median salary of $42K. UT alumni express interest in nearby Nashville, Tenn. and Atlanta, Ga. as well.

Degree Major

UT grads who hold a medical degree can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning an average $133K per year. The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a Bachelor of Science in Business & Marketing (approximately $33K on average annually).


Competency in Budget Management translates into above-average pay for former Volunteers — they earn 25 percent more than their fellow graduates. Many UT grads have knowledge of Project Management, with approximately one in eight alumni using this program on the clock. Experience with Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Engineering Design is highly valued as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni for this school enjoy paid vacation days and about one in four survey participants get paid sick time. Benefits are rather generous for graduates of this school; most alums are rewarded with health insurance and a strong majority of survey participants report dental coverage, too. A large number of alums take advantage of a 401(k) plan. Additional perks enjoyed by University of Tennessee grads include life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

University of Alabama at Birmingham graduates, who earn $60K on average, make a similar amount to UT grads. The Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of Georgia are also similar to UT.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
1040 1290
ACT Scores 24 29

Key Stats for University of Tennessee


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58 %
$31,489 - $70,138
$39,895 - $94,441
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 153 votes.
$32,761 - $72,196
$34,358 - $71,543
$37,538 - $97,477
$37,307 - $99,159
$32,966 - $58,000

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