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Average Salary for University of Tennessee Alumni

Combining good value and great education, The University of Tennessee, a public research university based in Knoxville, Tenn., is ranked in the top 25 percent of universities by ROI. The data in this summary come from UT alumni who took the PayScale salary survey.

Overall College ROI Rank

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ROI Rank for Public (In-State) Universities

out of 420

Mid-Career Salary Rank for State School

out of 445

Typical Early Career Salary

University of Tennessee 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.
Mechanical Engineer
21 salaries
Electrical Engineer
14 salaries
Software Engineer
13 salaries
Intern Architect
11 salaries
Marketing Coordinator
10 salaries
Civil Engineer
10 salaries
High School Teacher
9 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,220
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University of Tennessee Details

527 Andy Holt Tower
Knoxville, TN 37996


State Schools, Research Universities, For Sports Fans

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The UT alumni belong to a wide range of sectors. A few fields in which grads tend to find work include the education industry, the engineering services industry, and the manufacturing industry. A large chunk of former UT students are employed in the health care industry; in fact, this is the most popular job sector for this population. Former UT graduates tend to bring in $62K.


After graduation, women go on to earn an average of approximately $54K per year compared to men, who earn around $69K.


Among UT alumni, those working as Software Engineers report the highest median pay of $81K, followed by Electrical Engineers (about $73K), and Civil Engineers ($68K). Marketing Coordinators face rather mediocre compensation — average salaries are actually the lowest at $38K.


Knoxville is a city beloved by UT alumni, and one-fifth of grads actually choose to stay and find employment here after completing their coursework. Charlotte is another hot spot for UT grads, where salaries rank at the top of the pay scale (compensation averages out to about $74K). Chattanooga is a popular spot for former UT students at the opposite end of the pay scale; in fact, average salaries there are the lowest at approximately $51K. In addition, UT grads flock to neighboring Nashville as well as Atlanta.


Typical salaries reach $97K at Tennessee Valley Authority, where former UT students can easily make the most money. One of the lowest-paying employers is the University of Tennessee, where employees earn $43K on average.

Degree Major

A medical degree leads to the highest pay for UT grads ($122K per year). Those holding a Bachelor of Science in Business & Marketing are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in around $35K per year.


Former Volunteers with Budget Management experience garner salaries that are 26 percent more than other grads' salaries. Proficiency in Project Management is common among UT alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, nearly one in seven former students report doing so. Also considered top-notch skills are Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Engineering Design.

Benefits and Perks

Only about two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and one in four survey participants receive sick leave. A strong majority of alumni set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). Benefits are rather generous for graduates of this school; the greater part of respondents are rewarded with health insurance and a majority of former students report dental coverage, too. Graduates of The University of Tennessee are also recipients of life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Median pay for Georgia State University grads is $62K, making their salaries most similar to those of UT grads. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of Georgia are also similar to UT.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
1060 1290
ACT Scores 24 29

Key Stats

41 %
59 %
$33,333 - $70,612
$39,073 - $93,101
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 423 votes.
$31,424 - $73,351
$34,591 - $76,630
$40,201 - $87,042
$35,073 - $81,422
$33,499 - $73,407

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