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. 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. Alumni responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.

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University of Tennessee Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data 
Mechanical Engineer
34 salaries
Software Engineer
28 salaries
Electrical Engineer
23 salaries
Operations Manager
21 salaries
Project Engineer
19 salaries
Social Worker
17 salaries
Civil Engineer
16 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Feb 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,144

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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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Professionally, the software development industry, the automotive manufacturing industry, and the health care services industry are popular business areas among the UT alumni. 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. On the other end of the spectrum is the education industry, which attracts less than two percent of UT alumni. UT graduates see an average starting salary of around $56K.


The most lucrative professionals among UT alumni are Practice Managers; they earn a median annual salary of about $124K. Also approaching the top of the pay scale at $98K and $59K, respectively, are Senior Project Engineers and Accountants. Sliding in near the bottom are Urban Planners, who report earnings of $49K.


Graduates of UT seem to enjoy living in Knoxville, and more than a third of grads wind up living and working there after graduation. With a median salary of $90K, Atlanta, Ga. represents the highest-paid city popular among UT grads. UT alumni in Dover, Del. can often be found sliding in at the lower end of the pay scale, where median paychecks are the smallest at approximately $49K. In addition, UT grads flock to neighboring Nashville, Tenn. as well as Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Degree Major

UT students with a Doctorate (PhD) can expect to make the most money ($89K on average per year) compared to their fellow graduates. Those with a B.A. in English Language face salaries on the lower end, coming in at an average $34K per year.


Former Volunteers with Operations Management abilities can expect to make 49 percent more than their former classmates (about $84K). One-sixth of grads report using Project Management as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Demonstrated ability in Microsoft Office, Data Analysis, and Microsoft Excel rank among leading skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Just over two-fifths of survey participants are allowed to take paid time off for vacation, but only about one in four survey participants get paid sick leave. Most survey participants save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Dental insurance applies to a fair number of alumni, and most alumni report health coverage. Other benefits awarded to University of Tennessee alumni include a casual working environment, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

University of South Carolina grads report the most similar salaries to UT alums, earning around $56K on average. 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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Key Stats for University of Tennessee


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50 %
$32,661 - $69,310
$37,854 - $94,900

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
$36,578 - $68,960
$40,000 - $101,379
$52,500 - $97,880

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