Average Salary for University of Tennessee Alumni

Ranked in the top 28 percent of universities by return on investment, the University of Tennessee is a university based in Knoxville, Tenn., and it's home to around 21,000 undergraduates. The school has a strong sports tradition (Go Volunteers!) and its urban campus offers many benefits for its students. The numbers in this rundown were provided by the UT grads who participated in PayScale's salary survey.

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University of Tennessee Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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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
16 salaries
Software Engineer
10 salaries
Intern Architect
9 salaries
Electrical Engineer
9 salaries
High School Teacher
7 salaries
Project Manager, Construction
7 salaries
Marketing Director
7 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 24 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 820

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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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Graduates of the UT head into a range of vocations when it comes to work; the engineering services industry, the health care industry, and the architectural services industry are just a few professional areas popular among alumni. The most popular career sector among alumni is the education industry. Graduates of the UT earn approximately $62K on average.


There's a noticeable difference between the genders; where the average man hauls in $70K after graduating from UT, the average woman earns only $53K.


In the UT alumni professional community, Software Engineers make the highest median pay (around $79K), though Electrical Engineers ($72K), and Mechanical Engineers (about $65K) are close competitors. Intern Architects pick up $39K in financial rewards, representing the lowest-paid position among alumni.


UT alumni seem to appreciate living in Knoxville, and between a fifth and a fourth of grads actually choose to stay and find employment here after completing their coursework. With a median salary of approximately $74K, Charlotte, N.C. represents the highest-paid city popular among UT grads. On the other hand, UT alumni who end up in Chattanooga, Tenn. receive the lowest median salary of $49K. Nearby Nashville, Tenn. is also a top pick for UT grads, as is Atlanta, Ga.

Degree Major

With a median annual earnings of $133K per year, former Volunteers who have a medical degree are the best paid among the alumni population. Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a Bachelor of Science in Business & Marketing — their annual income amounts to around $35K on average.


Former Volunteers with Project Management abilities can expect to make 21 percent more than their former classmates (about $75K). Proficiency in Project Management is common among UT alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, nearly one in seven former students report doing so. Experience with Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Engineering Design is highly valued as well.

Benefits and Perks

A lucky minority (about two-fifths of alumni) are fortunate enough to be compensated for vacation while just one-fourth of alumni get sick time. To plan for old age, most former students maintain savings accounts through a company's 401(k) plan. A large number of grads have medical plans, and a strong majority of former students have dental insurance. Additional benefits handed to University of Tennessee alumni include life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Median pay for University of Kentucky grads is $62K, making their salaries most similar to those of 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.

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


42 %
59 %
$31,856 - $70,354
$39,540 - $93,751
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 227 votes.
$32,480 - $70,966
$34,845 - $78,993
$38,664 - $88,122
$38,135 - $93,930
$33,772 - $71,231
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