University of Tennessee Alumni Average Salary

The University of Tennessee is a school located in Knoxville, Tenn. with around 21,000 undergraduates. Alumni report earning excellent value for their tuition dollars; the school ranks 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. This overview is derived from alumni replies to PayScale's salary survey.

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College ROI Report

598th

20 Year Net ROI 

$265,000

Annual ROI 

6.3%

Total 4 Year Cost 

$111,000

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College Salary Report

147th

Early Career Salary 

$70,500

Mid-Career Salary 

$123,000

% High Meaning 

N/A

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University of Tennessee Alumni

Median Salary by Job

Job
National Salary Data 
$0$26K$52K$78K
Mechanical Engineer
32 salaries
$64,801  
   
Software Engineer
26 salaries
$74,857  
Electrical Engineer
26 salaries
$75,643  
Operations Manager
22 salaries
$61,485  
Civil Engineer
19 salaries
$69,923  
Project Engineer
18 salaries
$64,824  
Accountant
16 salaries
$52,686  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 Apr 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,128

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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 %

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Industry

Professionally, the automotive manufacturing industry, the software development industry, and the education industry are popular business areas among the UT alumni. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the health care industry. Former UT students do not typically enter the kidney dialysis center industry; in fact, less than two percent of graduates find work in this area, making it the least likely field for this group to enter. Former UT graduates bring in about $55K on average.

Jobs

The most generous salaries among UT alumni are reportedly earned by Practice Managers, whose median earnings come to approximately $124K, followed by Senior Project Engineers (around $98K) and Accountants ($59K). Urban Planners pick up $49K in financial rewards, representing the lowest-paid position among alumni.

Locations

Rather than relocating after graduation, many UT alumni (over a third of) end up finding permanent jobs in Knoxville. In addition, former UT students often head to Washington, DC after graduating, where the median salary comes to $123K in this top-paying city. On the far end of the pay scale, UT alumni often reside in Dover, Del., which is home to the lowest pay at $49K. Other popular cities for UT alumni include nearby Nashville, Tenn. and Atlanta, Ga.

Degree Major

UT grads who hold a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Business Administration can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning an average around $107K per year. On the other end of the spectrum, those with a B.A. in English Language tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making an average about $34K per year.

Skills

Knowledge of Operations Management seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 52 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($84K). UT alumni are often well versed in Project Management, with nearly one-seventh of grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. Experience with Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Data Analysis is highly valued as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni for this school enjoy paid vacation days and about one-third of alumni get paid sick time. In an effort to save up for the years ahead, a large number of former students contribute to a 401(k). Health coverage is awarded to a large number of graduates, and dental insurance is issued to a strong majority of alumni as well. University of Tennessee grads also enjoy benefits like a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

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

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %
Salary
$32,372 - $67,496
Salary
$37,458 - $94,493

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 13 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
18%
$37,428 - $72,908
$52,500 - $95,639
$39,663 - $103,177
$49,000
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