Average Salary for University of Tennessee Alumni

Students looking for a top-value school need look no further than the University of Tennessee. It is a university based in Knoxville, Tenn. that is ranked in the top 28 percent of universities by return on investment. Athletics are a huge part of life here (Go Volunteers!), and the school's urban location only adds to the fun, with a wealth of neighborhoods and cultural events to explore. The figures in this rundown were provided by UT alumni who took the PayScale salary questionnaire.

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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.
Mechanical Engineer
12 salaries
Intern Architect
8 salaries
Software Engineer
8 salaries
Electrical Engineer
7 salaries
High School Teacher
7 salaries
Project Manager, Construction
7 salaries
Marketing Director
7 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 708
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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 health care industry, and the architectural services industry. The most popular professional field seems to be the education industry. Those with an education from the UT earn an average of approximately $62K.


Male graduates on average earn more than female graduates; the first group banks $69K per year, but the second group takes home only around $51K.


In the UT alumni professional community, Electrical Engineers make the highest median pay ($92K), though Software Engineers ($82K), and Mechanical Engineers (about $64K) are close competitors. Intern Architects get the short end of the stick when it comes to salary; grads report making an average of $39K in this job.


Graduates of UT seem to enjoy living in Knoxville, and just under a fourth of grads wind up living and working there after graduation. UT alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in Oak Ridge, Tenn., which offers a median salary of about $74K. On the flipside, the lowest-paying city popular among UT grads is Chattanooga, Tenn. (median compensation is approximately $46K). Graduates of UT also relocate to Nashville, Tenn., which is not far away, and Atlanta, Ga.

Degree Major

UT students with a medical degree can expect to make the most money ($133K on average per year) compared to their fellow graduates. The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a Bachelor of Science in Business & Marketing ($33K on average annually).


Engineering Design commands a pay premium of 21 percent for former Volunteers. Project Management is a common skill among UT alumni — nearly one in eight grads mention using it at work. Other prime know-hows include Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Engineering Design.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni earn paid vacation and just one-fourth of alumni get paid sick time. A large number of grads set up a 401(k) to save for retirement. A large number of respondents enjoy benefits like health insurance, while a strong majority of respondents receive dental plans, too. 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

Compensation averages $62K for University of Kentucky 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 Georgia.

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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


41 %
59 %
$30,979 - $69,782
$40,021 - $95,025
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 178 votes.
$32,436 - $71,548
$34,358 - $75,735
$36,735 - $90,757
$37,463 - $98,264
$34,228 - $68,557

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