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Tennessee Government Pay Charts Tennessee General Schedule Payscales

4,777 federal employees †
$54,737 average yearly pay
+5% salary raise this year

Federal employees in Tennessee are paid an adjusted base salary based on which of the two General Schedule localities that cover Tennessee in which they work. Localities that cover parts of Tennessee include Huntsville and Rest of U.S..

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. 16.82%
Clarksville   Civilian 70 Rest of U.S. 16.82%
Johnson City   Civilian 1,205 Rest of U.S. 16.82%
Holston Army Ammunition Plant   Army 67 Rest of U.S. 16.82%
Knoxville   Civilian 452 Rest of U.S. 16.82%
Memphis   Civilian 3,968 Rest of U.S. 16.82%
Milan Army Ammunition Plant   Army 4 Rest of U.S. 16.82%
Naval Support Activity Mid-South   Navy 4 Rest of U.S. 16.82%
Murfreesboro   Civilian 1,564 Rest of U.S. 16.82%
Arnold Air Force Base   Air Force 25 Rest of U.S. 16.82%

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
Contact Representative 1,805 $47,561.00 $0.00
Medical Support Assistance 751 $44,434.00 $2.00
Tax Examining 579 $45,833.00 $0.00
Veterans Claims Examining 360 $81,925.00 $3.00
Information Technology Management 303 $101,654.00 $0.00
Nursing Assistant 256 $42,325.00 $1.00
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
Social Work 115 $83,992.00 $0.00
Practical Nurse 106 $67,039.00 $3.00

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.

Distribution of GS Employees in Tennessee

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.

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