Tennessee General Schedule Payscales
A single General Schedule locality, the Rest of U.S. locality, applies to the entirety of Tennessee. Therefore, all federal employees within the state receive the same 16.5% cost-of-living locality adjustment.
This table lists all of the major cities and military installations within Tennessee where Federal employees work. Each city lists the GS Locality in which it is located, and the current Locality Adjustment applicable to that locality. Click on any city or locality to see the adjusted pay tables for that region.
|City / Base||Locality Type||Federal Employee Count †||GS Locality Name||Locality Adjustment|
|Chattanooga||Civilian||325||Rest of U.S.||16.5%|
|Clarksville||Civilian||70||Rest of U.S.||16.5%|
|Johnson City||Civilian||1,205||Rest of U.S.||16.5%|
|Holston Army Ammunition Plant||Army||67||Rest of U.S.||16.5%|
|Knoxville||Civilian||452||Rest of U.S.||16.5%|
|Memphis||Civilian||3,968||Rest of U.S.||16.5%|
|Milan Army Ammunition Plant||Army||4||Rest of U.S.||16.5%|
|Naval Support Activity Mid-South||Navy||4||Rest of U.S.||16.5%|
|Murfreesboro||Civilian||1,564||Rest of U.S.||16.5%|
|Arnold Air Force Base||Air Force||25||Rest of U.S.||16.5%|
† Employee count includes only Non-DoD Employees in the GS Pay Scale. However, these rates apply to all General Schedule (GS) employees, including those in the Department of Defense (DoD).
Tennessee Federal Employment Statistics
This section provides statistics on Federal government employees in Tennessee, including most common occupations, agencies with the most local employees, and the average paygrade and salary rates of general schedule employees in the area. All data in this section is derived from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM)'s most recent available listings of federal employees in Tennessee.
Common Occupations in Tennessee
|Occupation||Number Employed||Avg. Salary||Avg. Bonus|
|Medical Support Assistance||751||$44,434.00||$2.00|
|Veterans Claims Examining||360||$81,925.00||$3.00|
|Information Technology Management||303||$101,654.00||$0.00|
|Financial Clerical And Assistance||184||$47,077.00||$0.00|
|General Legal And Kindred Administration||179||$57,306.00||$12.00|
|Agricultural Commodity Aid||139||$33,463.00||$72.00|
This table lists the top eleven occupations held by the approximately 4,777 federal employees working in Tennessee, Tennessee, as well as average yearly compensation for Tennessee based federal employees of that occupation.
Federal Agencies in Tennessee
|Agency||Tennessee Employees||Avg. Salary||Avg. Bonus|
|Internal Revenue Service||2,687||$60,652.00||$0.00|
|Veterans Health Administration||1,412||$51,166.00||$1.00|
|Veterans Benefits Administration||539||$69,616.00||$8.00|
|Agricultural Marketing Service||139||$33,463.00||$72.00|
There are four Federal agencies with a significant workforce in Tennessee. General Schedule employees at all of the agencies listed below will be paid according to the locality-adjusted GS payscale listed on this page.
There are approximately 4,777 federal employees on the General Schedule payscale located within Tennessee. The average federal employee in Tennessee earns $54,737 per year, and the average yearly bonus is $6.
Based on data provided by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the most common job title for federal employees based in Tennessee is Contact Representative. The Federal agency with the largest number of employees in Tennessee is the Internal Revenue Service, which has total of 2,687 employees in the area.
The bar graph to the left shows the distribution of employees in Tennessee by paygrade, from GS-1 to GS-15. To learn more about how paygrades are determined and how they affect a federal employee's salary, see how to calculate GS Pay.