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Average Salary for Tennessee Valley Authority Employees

It is not unusual for people who work at Tennessee Valley Authority to earn generous salaries — average pay comes to $95K annually. Tennessee Valley Authority paychecks are largely negotiated based on where you live, though how long you've been working and what you do at the company are also considered. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Employer: Tennessee Valley Authority
Average Salary Range by Job
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XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
[-]Senior Contracts Manager (4)
$64,897 - $126,282  
[-]Senior Contracts Manager (4)
Salary$60,642 - $117,683  
Bonus$2,367 - $16,715  
Total Pay$64,897 - $126,282  
[+]Nuclear Power Reactor Operator (3)
$47,856 - $119,702  
[+]Nuclear Power Reactor Operator (3)
Salary$44,790 - $110,190  
Total Pay$47,856 - $119,702  
[+]Metallurgical Engineer (3)
$66,650 - $132,857  
[+]Metallurgical Engineer (3)
Salary$68,991 - $124,463  
Bonus$780 - $8,922  
Total Pay$66,650 - $132,857  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 29 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 48

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When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($94K per year) can be spotted in Chattanooga, Tenn.; Spring City, Tenn. (approximately $85K), the company's headquarter city of Knoxville, Tenn. (about $83K), and Cumberland City, Tenn. (around $74K) are the next top-paying cities. Nashville, Tenn. is one of the lowest-paid cities, with earnings averaging $52K. Pay rates in the United States are highest in the state of Tennessee, where they average to $90K annually.

Years of Experience

For those who claim five to nine years of work experience, pay on average amounts to around $80K per year. Between the one and five year mark, median pay is $70K annually. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of Tennessee Valley Authority employees (49 percent) have 20 years or more of experience and earn $89K per year on average.


The highest paychecks go to Nuclear Power Reactor Operators, who earn about $98K annually on average, closely trailed by Metallurgical Engineers ($90K) and Senior Contracts Managers (approximately $85K).

Certifications and Degrees

Project Management Professionals have significantly higher pay than non-accredited workers at $117K per year. Tennessee Valley Authority compensates Bachelor's Degree-holders the most at about $90K annually.


The highest-paying skill in this position seems to be Renewable Energy / Renewable Power; individuals who report it as part of the repertoire have a median income of approximately $109K per year. A relatively widespread skill at Tennessee Valley Authority is Contract Negotiation; slightly less than a fifth of employees use it for work. Contract Management, Scheduling, and Microsoft Office round out the set of key employee skills.

Benefits and Perks

Most employees take advantage of the company's attractive benefits package; a little more than half of workers are paid for both vacation and sick time. Quite a few retirement plans are on offer at Tennessee Valley Authority, including a 401(k) plan and a company pension plan. Health insurance is part of the package for most employees, and for most respondents, dental coverage is too. Tennessee Valley Authority employees also enjoy perks such as life insurance, gym membership, and tuition reimbursement.

Key Stats for Tennessee Valley Authority


30 %
70 %
$51,750 - $107,000
$65,742 - $96,629
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.
$42,282 - $95,473
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