Research Salaries in Tennessee

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Someone who is considering becoming a teacher in Tennessee may want to know what the average salaries are for Tennessee teachers. According to the National Education Association, the average salary for a Tennessee certified teacher during the 2011-2012 school year was $46,613. This number reflects a 1.6% increase from the previous year and a 21% increase since 2001. Salaries can vary considerably for those with teaching certification in Tennessee. Factors include the location of the school, the grade and subject taught, and the teacher’s level of experience. While the average annual salary offers a general figure of what one might expect to earn once they meet the teaching requirements in Tennessee, it is important to remember that individual districts pay above and below the state average.

The following chart from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics compares average teacher salaries in Tennessee to the national averages.

Occupation Annual mean wage in Tennessee Annual mean wage in U.S.
Business Teachers, Postsecondary $74,750 $119,410
Physics Teachers Postsecondary $73,510 $90,570
Psychology Teachers Postsecondary $56,790 $76,060
Education Teachers Postsecondary $51,680 $65,630
English Language and Literature Teachers Postsecondary $54,290 $68,360
Preschool Teachers Except Special Education $27,260 $31,420
Kindergarten Teachers Except Special Education $46,960 $52,840
Elementary School Teachers Except Special Education $47,770 $56,320
Middle School Teachers Except Special and Career/Technical Education $48,080 $56,630
Secondary School Teachers Except Special and Career/Technical Education $49,250 $58,260
Special Education Teachers Kindergarten and Elementary School $46,410 $56,690
Special Education Teachers Middle School $49,150 $39,370
Special Education Teachers Secondary School $49,720 $39,370

Teachers’ salaries in Tennessee will also vary depending on where teachers work. However, among Tennessee’s three largest metropolitan areas, the averages are similar.

City Annual mean wage
Morristown, TN $33,110
Nashville, TN $41,520
Knoxville, TN $46,470

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