University of Tennessee Alumni Average Salary

It's hard to find a better value for your tuition dollar than at the University of Tennessee, a university based in Knoxville, Tenn.. The school is ranked in the top 28 percent of universities by return on investment. The school is known for its strong athletic tradition (Go Volunteers!), and the urban environment gives students ample opportunity to discover new neighborhoods, restaurants, concerts, and more. Replies from former UT students to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.

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Mechanical Engineer
26 salaries
Software Engineer
24 salaries
Electrical Engineer
23 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
17 salaries
Intern Architect
17 salaries
Operations Manager
17 salaries
Attorney / Lawyer
16 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Aug 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,119
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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 IT services, the health care industry, and the architectural services industry. Among UT grads, the engineering services industry is a commonly chosen career field. Starting salaries of approximately $59K are the median among UT grads.


After college, a notable gender gap appears: the average female graduate makes $51K where the average male graduate hauls home $64K.


The most generous salaries among UT alumni are reportedly earned by Senior Project Engineers, whose median earnings come to $98K, followed by Software Engineers (about $77K) and Mechanical Engineers ($60K). Salaries are anything but generous for Intern Architects, whose earnings rank lowest on the pay scale at around $41K.


Knoxville is a popular place for UT students to settle after graduation, and about a fourth of grads find steadfast employment in the city. With a median salary of $81K, New York, N.Y. represents the highest-paid city popular among UT grads. Though Nashville, Tenn. takes the cake for lowest pay among UT grads (the median salary is around $52K there), it remains a common destination for former students. In addition, grads flock to Atlanta, Ga. as well as Memphis, Tenn.

Degree Major

Former Volunteers who fare the best in terms of salary hold a medical degree and earn a median salary of about $113K per year. Graduates holding a Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) fare the worst in terms of compensation with an average yearly salary of approximately $43K.


One in seven grads report using Project Management as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Former Volunteers who have experience with Engineering Design can expect to make 26 percent more than other alumni ($74K on average). Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Data Analysis are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Just two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and merely one-fourth of alumni get paid sick time. Most alumni enjoy benefits like health insurance, while a fair number of graduates receive dental plans, too. A large number of respondents set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). University of Tennessee graduates also take advantage of life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Compensation averages $59K for University of Georgia alumni, making their earnings most comparable to UT grads. Other schools similar to UT include the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of Kentucky.

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Key Stats for University of Tennessee


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$33,424 - $72,183
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 49 votes.
$33,657 - $75,069
$34,717 - $72,618
$35,411 - $92,903
$39,663 - $98,732
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