Average Salary for Tennessee Valley Authority Employees

People who work for Tennessee Valley Authority earn excellent salaries of around $92K per year on average. Tennessee Valley Authority paychecks are largely negotiated based on what you do at the company, though your experience level and where you live are also considered. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Earning about $106K annually on average, Senior Reactor Operators receive the most money, followed by Software Engineers ($97K), Electrical Engineers ($95K), and Senior Contracts Managers (around $83K). On the lower end are Financial Consultants at $46K on average.

Years of Experience

Respondents who have been working for five to nine years make approximately $80K per year on average. Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make $51K annually on average. The greater proportion of employees (33 percent) report 10-19 years of experience and bring home median pay of about $94K per year.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (around $92K annually) can be spotted in Athens, Ala.; Bowling Green, Ky. ($88K), Huntsville, Ala. ($86K), and the company's headquarter city of Knoxville, Tenn. (approximately $83K) are the next top-paying cities. Decatur, Ala. is one of the lowest-paid cities, with earnings averaging $69K. By state, Tennessee Valley Authority employees make the most in Alabama, earning $86K per year on average.

Certifications and Degrees

Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than Certified Information Systems Security Professionals, who make approximately $127K annually. Acquiring certification to be a Professional Engineer License Holder is rewarded with median pay of around $99K per year. Employees who have a Bachelor of Science in Bachelor of Science (BS / BSc) make the most here, hauling in about $110K annually.


The highest-paying skill in this position seems to be Project Management; individuals who report it as part of the repertoire have a median income of $93K per year. Microsoft Excel is a popular skill among Tennessee Valley Authority workers, with roughly one in six of those surveyed reporting using it on the job. Employees also tend to know Contract Negotiation, Contract Management, and Microsoft Office.


Tennessee Valley Authority's employees who answered the questionnaire are more likely to be male — the male-to-female ratio is more than 3 to 1.

Benefits and Perks

Company compensation for vacation days and sick leave is awarded to only 35 percent. To plan for old age, most employees maintain savings accounts through the company's 401(k) plan. A large number of employees receive health insurance, and most workers get dental coverage. Privileges also include life insurance, tuition reimbursement, flexible hours, and a casual working environment.

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Key Stats for Tennessee Valley Authority


15 %
85 %
$45,456 - $99,725

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 5 votes.
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
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