Average Salary for University of Tennessee Alumni

Positioned in the top 25 percent of universities by ROI, The University of Tennessee — a public research school in Knoxville, Tenn., with around 21,000 undergraduate students — gives families an outstanding long-term payout. Alumni participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

Overall College ROI Rank

325
out of 1312
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ROI Rank for Public (In-State) Universities

122
out of 420
 

Mid-Career Salary Rank for State School

145
out of 445

Typical Early Career Salary

$44,900
University of Tennessee Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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.
)
$0$27K$54K$81K
Mechanical Engineer
18 salaries
$64,630  
   
Electrical Engineer
12 salaries
$72,443  
Software Engineer
12 salaries
$79,799  
Intern Architect
11 salaries
$39,999  
Civil Engineer
10 salaries
$70,000  
Project Manager, Construction
9 salaries
$60,882  
Nuclear Engineer
8 salaries
$75,129  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 22 Feb 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,068
United States (change)

About This School

527 Andy Holt Tower
Knoxville, TN 37996

admissions.utk.edu

21,182

State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

68 %

15 %

58 %

30 %


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Industry

The UT alumni belong to a wide range of sectors. A few fields in which grads tend to find work include the health care industry, the engineering services industry, and the manufacturing industry. The most highly represented industry among alumni is the education industry. Graduates of UT typically earn $62K.

Gender

After college, a notable gender gap appears: the average female graduate makes $54K where the average male graduate hauls home about $69K.

Jobs

UT grads who become Software Engineers garner financial rewards beyond any other job type for this group — these alumni rake in $81K annually. However, Electrical Engineers and Civil Engineers also rank as top-earners (bringing in around $73K and approximately $69K, respectively). On the lower end, Marketing Coordinators report making $38K.

Locations

Just over one in five UT students choose to remain in Knoxville after graduation, where average salaries are actually the lowest at approximately $54K. However, UT grads looking to fill their bank accounts consider moving to Charlotte — one of the most popular top-paying cities — with its median salary of $72K. Alumni express interest in Atlanta and Memphis as well.

Employers

Graduates of UT can earn the biggest bucks at Tennessee Valley Authority ($97K). In contrast, the University of Tennessee ranks much lower on the pay scale; the median salary there is $43K.

Degree Major

A medical degree will compensate UT grads at a much higher rate than other fields — these alums tend to rake in $126K per year. Those holding a Bachelor of Science in Business & Marketing are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in about $44K per year.

Skills

Project Management is a popular skill among UT alumni, with nearly one-seventh of grads reporting using it on the job. Knowledge of Budget Management seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 28 percent more than their former classmates' salaries (around $79K). Also considered top-notch skills are Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Engineering Design.

Benefits and Perks

Just two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and merely one-fourth of alumni get paid sick time. The greater part of survey participants plan for retirement by taking advantage of a company-sponsored 401(k) program. A strong majority of grads enjoy benefits like health insurance, while a majority of grads receive dental plans, too. The University of Tennessee alumni are rewarded with additional benefits, such as life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

North Carolina State University at Raleigh grads report the most similar salaries to UT alums, earning $64K on average. Other schools similar to UT include Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of Georgia.

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

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %
Salary
$33,344 - $70,143
Salary
$39,132 - $93,371
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 380 votes.
$31,352 - $73,412
$34,584 - $77,177
$39,799 - $86,398
$34,967 - $85,000
$34,579 - $74,189

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