Research Salaries in Tennessee

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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Aquinas College

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4210 Harding Pike
Nashville, TN 37205
(615) 297-7545

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Austin Peay State University

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601 College St
Clarksville, TN 37044
(931) 221-7011

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  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Belmont University

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1900 Belmont Blvd
Nashville, TN 37212-3757
(615) 460-6000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters

Bethel University

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325 Cherry Ave
McKenzie, TN 38201
(731) 352-4000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Bryan College-Dayton

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721 Bryan Drive
Dayton, TN 37321
(423) 775-2041

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Carson-Newman University

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1646 S Russell Ave
Jefferson City, TN 37760
(865) 471-2000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters

Christian Brothers University

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650 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN 38104
(901) 321-3000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Cumberland University

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1 Cumberland Square
Lebanon, TN 37087
(615) 444-2562

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters

East Tennessee State University

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1276 Gilbreath Drive
Johnson City, TN 37614
(423) 439-1000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Fisk University

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1000 17th Ave North
Nashville, TN 37208-4501
(615) 329-8500

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Johnson University

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7900 Johnson Dr
Knoxville, TN 37998
(865) 573-4517

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • Association for Biblical Higher Education, Commission on Accreditation

King University

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1350 King College Rd
Bristol, TN 37620-2699
(423) 968-1187

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Lane College

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545 Lane Ave
Jackson, TN 38301-4598
(731) 426-7500

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Le Moyne-Owen College

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807 Walker Ave
Memphis, TN 38126-6595
(901) 435-1000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Lee University

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1120 N Ocoee St
Cleveland, TN 37311
(423) 614-8000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Lipscomb University

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One University Park Drive
Nashville, TN 37204-3951
(615) 966-1000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Martin Methodist College

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433 West Madison Street
Pulaski, TN 38478-2799
(931) 363-9800

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors

Maryville College

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502 E Lamar Alexander Pky
Maryville, TN 37804-5907
(865) 981-8000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors

Memphis College of Art

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1930 Poplar Ave
Memphis, TN 38104-2764
(901) 272-5100

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Middle Tennessee State University

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1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
(615) 898-2300

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters
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