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Tennessee Government Pay Charts Tennessee General Schedule Payscales

4,256 federal employees †
$45,045 average yearly pay
+1% salary raise this year

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 15.37% 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
Memphis   Civilian 3,968 Rest of U.S. 15.37%
Knoxville   Civilian 452 Rest of U.S. 15.37%
Chattanooga   Civilian 325 Rest of U.S. 15.37%
Clarksville   Civilian 70 Rest of U.S. 15.37%
Murfreesboro   Civilian 1,564 Rest of U.S. 15.37%
Johnson City   Civilian 1,205 Rest of U.S. 15.37%
Holston Army Ammunition Plant   Army 67 Rest of U.S. 15.37%
Arnold Air Force Base   Air Force 25 Rest of U.S. 15.37%
Naval Support Activity Mid-South   Navy 4 Rest of U.S. 15.37%
Milan Army Ammunition Plant   Army 4 Rest of U.S. 15.37%

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 980 $46,138.00 $0.00
Tax Examining 592 $44,146.00 $0.00
Medical Support Assistance 517 $39,574.00 $48.00
Financial Clerical And Assistance 377 $43,528.00 $0.00
Nursing Assistant 346 $36,403.00 $34.00
Veterans Claims Examining 331 $73,372.00 $48.00
Information Technology Management 276 $92,459.00 $0.00
Practical Nurse 225 $42,750.00 $60.00
General Legal And Kindred Administration 199 $48,802.00 $81.00
Miscellaneous Clerk And Assistant 172 $39,756.00 $11.00
Agricultural Commodity Aid 135 $25,765.00 $0.00
Health Aid And Technician 106 $44,276.00 $7.00

This table lists the top twelve occupations held by the approximately 4,256 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 1,975 $55,175.00 $0.00
Veterans Health Administration 1,616 $39,758.00 $36.00
Veterans Benefits Administration 530 $61,087.00 $65.00
Agricultural Marketing Service 135 $25,765.00 $0.00

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 4,256 federal employees on the General Schedule payscale located within Tennessee. The average federal employee in Tennessee earns $45,045 per year, and the average yearly bonus is $28.

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 1,975 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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