Average Salary for University of Tennessee Alumni

Attending the University of Tennessee, a university can pay off very well in the long run. The school is based in Knoxville, Tenn., and it is ranked in the top 28 percent of universities by return on investment. Sports have an undeniably strong influence on campus life (Go Volunteers!), and students exploit the school's urban location by exploring the rich resources of their city. This summary is derived from information given by UT grads who completed the PayScale salary survey.

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University of Tennessee Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data 
Mechanical Engineer
12 salaries
Software Engineer
8 salaries
Intern Architect
8 salaries
High School Teacher
7 salaries
Electrical Engineer
7 salaries
Project Manager, Construction
7 salaries
Marketing Director
7 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 672
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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 education industry is the sector most highly represented among alumni. The average starting salary for a graduate of the UT is $61K.


Male graduates of UT out-earn their female counterparts significantly, earning an average of $69K versus around $51K for women.


In the UT alumni professional community, Electrical Engineers make the highest median pay ($92K), though Software Engineers (approximately $82K), and Mechanical Engineers (about $65K) are close competitors. On the lower end, Intern Architects report making $39K.


Many UT alumni remain in Knoxville after graduation; just over a fifth of grads find permanent positions in the workforce here. New York, N.Y. is also a common destination for UT grads and offers the best pay with a median salary of approximately $85K. Though Chattanooga, Tenn. takes the cake for lowest pay among UT grads (the median salary is about $44K there), it remains a common destination for former students. Other cities of interest among UT alumni include nearby Nashville, Tenn. and Atlanta, Ga.

Degree Major

A graduate with a medical degree from UT can rake in a whopping average $133K per year, more than any other degree from this school. Average annual salaries for those with a Bachelor of Science in Business & Marketing are the lowest of the pack, earning around $35K.


Project Management is a popular skill among UT alumni, with about an eighth of workers 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 21 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($74K). Competency in Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Engineering Design also warrants excellent remuneration.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni for this school enjoy paid vacation days and about one in four survey participants get paid sick time. A large number of respondents allocate some part of their earnings to a company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. Benefits are rather generous for graduates of this school; most alums are rewarded with health insurance and a strong majority of respondents report dental coverage, too. Additional perks enjoyed by University of Tennessee grads include life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, University of Kentucky grads (who make an average of $62K) earn salaries most similar to UT alumni. The Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of Georgia are also similar to UT.

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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


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58 %
$31,008 - $70,054
$40,194 - $96,111
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 170 votes.
$32,568 - $71,900
$34,808 - $71,718
$38,206 - $92,510
$37,307 - $99,159
$33,535 - $67,407

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