MTSU Official: Higher Education Salary Study Doesn't Tell Entire Story

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A state study released this week may show MTSU’s bachelor degree graduates earned less in recent years than those completing community colleges, but workers with a four-year degree will make more in the long-run, a university official said.

“The higher the degree, the more money you make,” said Bill Fletcher, the director of MTSU’s Career Development Center.

MTSU graduates from 2006 through 2010 earned an average of $36,465 in their first year starting nine months after graduation, according to “The Earning Power of Graduates From Tennessee’s Colleges and Universities,” a study completed by on behalf of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.

The THEC data blended with information from the state’s unemployment insurance records for this study.

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