Those working or who plan to work in Tennessee will find teaching wages to be among the middle level of those in the United States. When compared to national averages, Tennessee ranks at 29th. This is an increase from previous years and is a good indication that the state is attempting to keep up with the rate of inflation and cost of living. Teachers will find that many communities in Tennessee do not have a high cost of living, making it easy to take a teaching salary further. Because there is a shortage of math and science teachers in the state, those who plan to teach those subjects may be able to find funding for additional education or loan repayment. Earning power in Tennessee is strongly correlated with the level of education, so pursuing an additional degree may sometimes be a beneficial course of action.

Average Teacher Salaries in Tennessee

Salaries are from the 2006-2007 Tennessee Department of Education Base Salaries and reflect base pay.

  • Average Teacher Salary (Bachelor’s Degree): $28,365
  • Average Teacher Salary (Master’s Degree): $31,541
  • Average Teacher Salary (PhD): $38,025

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