University of Tennessee Alumni Average Salary

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. Students thrive off the school's sports-centered energy and urban environment, which offers countless areas to explore and numerous ways to keep busy. 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 Median Salary by Job


Mechanical Engineer
35 profiles

Electrical Engineer
29 profiles

Software Engineer
29 profiles

United States (change)

Project Manager, (Unspecified Type / General)
24 profiles

Operations Manager
22 profiles

Civil Engineer
21 profiles

Data Analyst
18 profiles

  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,095
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About This School

527 Andy Holt Tower
Knoxville, TN 37996


Research University, State School, For Sports Fans

70 %

19 %

58 %

29 %


Graduates of the UT go into the engineering services industry, the automotive manufacturing industry, and the aerospace and defense industry, not to mention a variety of other lines of work. The most popular career sector among alumni is the health care industry. The manufacturing industry is perhaps the least commonly worked industry among UT grads, with less than two percent of former students experienced in this area. Starting salaries of $55K are the median among UT grads.


The most lucrative professionals among UT alumni are Practice Managers; they earn a median annual salary of around $124K. Also approaching the top of the pay scale at $98K and $59K, respectively, are Senior Project Engineers and Accountants. On the lower end, Urban Planners report making about $49K.


When it comes to compensation, Knoxville, Tenn. brings up the rear (median pay is $53K); however, roughly two-fifths of UT alumni still choose not to leave this city. By comparison, the top-paying city popular with UT alumni is Washington, DC, which offers a median salary of approximately $140K. Atlanta, Ga. and Oak Ridge, Tenn. are popular choices as well.

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 $107K per year. Those holding a B.A. in English Language are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in $34K on average per year.


Former Volunteers with Operations Management experience garner salaries that are 51 percent more than other grads' salaries. UT alumni are often well versed in Project Management, with approximately one-sixth of grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. Other prime know-hows include Microsoft Office, Data Analysis, and Microsoft Excel.

Benefits and Perks

Just under half of the graduates are allowed to take paid time off for vacation, but only about one-third of alumni get paid sick leave. To plan for old age, a large number of respondents maintain savings accounts through a company's 401(k) plan. Health coverage is awarded to most former students, and dental insurance is issued to a fair number of survey participants as well. Additional perks enjoyed by University of Tennessee grads include a casual working environment, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

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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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
1050 1260
ACT Scores 24 30

Key Stats for University of Tennessee


49 %
51 %
$32,283 - $67,852
$37,458 - $94,493

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
$37,525 - $69,750
$52,500 - $95,639
$40,000 - $105,000

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