Graduates of Tennessee Tech head into a range of vocations when it comes to work; the manufacturing industry, the aerospace and defense industry, and the health care industry are just a few professional areas popular among alumni. The most popular field is the automotive manufacturing industry. Those with an education from Tennessee Tech earn an average of $63K.
A gender wage gap becomes apparent after college, with female graduates earning only approximately $56K on average compared to around $68K for male graduates.
Among Tennessee Tech graduates, the biggest earners are Software Engineers, who haul in $73K on average. Next on the list are Quality Assurance Engineers and Electrical Engineers, bringing in $70K and about $68K, respectively. On the lower end, Civil Engineers report making $57K.
Many Tennessee Tech grads end up living in Nashville, Tenn., deeming it the most popular city for former students of this school. Huntsville, Ala. is another hot spot for Tennessee Tech grads, where salaries rank at the top of the pay scale (compensation averages out to $80K). Though median pay is subpar ($49K) relative to popular cities, choosing to stay in Cookeville after graduation is a common decision made by many alumni who have developed a love for the area. Nearby Knoxville, Tenn. is also a top pick for Tennessee Tech grads, as is Chattanooga, Tenn.
Tennessee Tech grads who hold a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Management Information Systems (MIS) can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning an average around $106K per year. Those with a Master of Arts (MA) face salaries on the lower end, coming in at an average approximately $38K per year.
Former Golden Eagles who have experience with People Management can expect to make 64 percent more than other alumni ($104K on average). Tennessee Tech alumni are often well versed in Microsoft Excel, with a little less than one-fifth of grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. Demonstrated ability in Microsoft Office, Engineering Design, and Project Management rank among leading skills as well.
Benefits and Perks
Only one-third of alumni for this school enjoy paid vacation days and about one-fifth of alumni get paid sick time. Most former students report contributing to a 401(k). For this school, most grads are the recipients of health benefits, and a strong majority of alums pick up dental plans, too. Tennessee Technological University grads are also lucky enough to receive life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.
Among alumni of similar schools, Eastern Kentucky University grads (who make an average of about $58K) earn salaries most similar to Tennessee Tech alumni. Other schools similar to Tennessee Tech include Austin Peay State University, Western Kentucky University, and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.