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2021 Best Colleges in Tennessee by Salary Score

By the GradReports team | Updated 3/1/2021

We calculated a Salary Score for each college in Tennessee to compare the first-year earnings of alumni from each college to earnings for alumni with the same major at other colleges. The Salary Scores on this list represent the combined scores for all the bachelor's degree programs at a college and indicate how alumni from all majors at a specific school performed. Vanderbilt University, for example, is ranked first in Tennessee because it has a Salary Score of 90.46. It also ranks #36 on our 2021 list of Best Colleges in the U.S.

To be considered for our state rankings, schools must offer and provide data for at least 8 bachelor's programs. You can click on a school's name to view individual program scores. Read our methodology to learn more about how schools were ranked.

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Salary Scores based on data reported by the U.S. Department of Education
Rank School Location Annual Tuition Salary Score
#1 #1 Nashville Nashville $49,816 90.46
#2 #2 Nashville Nashville $25,598 56.71
#3 #3 Memphis Memphis $47,890 49.00
#4 #4 Nashville Nashville $34,310 46.57
#5 #5 Sewanee Sewanee $45,120 46.45
#6 #6 Murfreesboro Murfreesboro $8,858 42.43
#7 #7 Knoxville Knoxville $13,006 39.09
#8 #8 Greeneville Greeneville $24,860 38.74
#9 #9 Nashville Nashville $32,144 37.41
#10 #10 Henderson Henderson $21,950 37.18
#11 #11 Maryville Maryville $34,880 34.79
#12 #12 Jackson Jackson $32,610 34.27
#13 #13 Cleveland Cleveland $17,690 34.13
#14 #14 Chattanooga Chattanooga $8,664 33.40
#15 #15 Collegedale Collegedale $21,950 32.38
#16 #16 Clarksville Clarksville $8,159 31.28
#17 #17 Nashville Nashville $8,792 30.68
#18 #18 Memphis Memphis $9,317 29.74
#19 #19 Cookeville Cookeville $8,731 29.22
#20 #20 Jefferson City Jefferson City $27,900 28.13
#21 #21 Martin Martin $9,512 25.11
#22 #22 Johnson City Johnson City $8,935 19.27
#23 #23 Bristol Bristol $29,714 18.78