Graduates of Tennessee Tech go into the manufacturing industry, the civil engineering services industry, and the education industry, not to mention a variety of other lines of work. The most popular professional field seems to be the automotive manufacturing industry. Median pay for those who graduated from Tennessee Tech amounts to $58K.
There is a sizable difference between men's post-college salaries and women's: the median for the former is approximately $64K, but the median for the latter is only $45K.
Cookeville is a popular place for Tennessee Tech students to settle after graduation, and around one in six grads find steadfast employment in the city. Another city that attracts a wealth of Tennessee Tech grads is Chattanooga, Tenn.; given its high compensation (around $77K is the average salary), the city's popularity should come as no surprise. Knoxville, Tenn. is a popular spot for former Tennessee Tech students at the opposite end of the pay scale; in fact, average salaries there are the lowest at $41K.
Former Golden Eagles who fare the best in terms of salary hold a Master of Science (MS) and earn a median salary of about $105K per year. Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a Bachelor's Degree — their annual income amounts to $59K on average.
Proficiency in Engineering Design is common among Tennessee Tech alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, close to one-fourth of former students report doing so. Manufacturing Process Engineering commands a pay premium of 70 percent for former Golden Eagles. Other prime know-hows include Project Management, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office.
Benefits and Perks
Just one in four survey participants enjoy paid vacation and merely one-fourth of alumni get paid sick time. Benefits are rather generous for graduates of this school; most grads are rewarded with health insurance and more than half of alums report dental coverage, too. Most graduates save for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Alumni of Tennessee Technological University also take in a casual working environment, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, and company pension plan.
Western Carolina University graduates, who earn approximately $59K on average, make a similar amount to Tennessee Tech grads. Austin Peay State University, Western Kentucky University, and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga are also similar to Tennessee Tech.