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.

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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
17 salaries
Software Engineer
11 salaries
Intern Architect
10 salaries
Electrical Engineer
10 salaries
Project Manager, Construction
8 salaries
Civil Engineer
8 salaries
Executive Director
8 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 980
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About This School

527 Andy Holt Tower
Knoxville, TN 37996



State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

68 %

15 %

58 %

30 %

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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 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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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


41 %
59 %
$33,344 - $70,143
$39,132 - $93,371
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 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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