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Average Salary for Tennessee Valley Authority Employees

Tennessee Valley Authority workers are not strangers to large paychecks, where average earnings swell to $93K annually. The most important factor affecting pay for Tennessee Valley Authority employees is your job title, though geography and how long you've been working play a role as well. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

How This Employer Pays

Tennessee Valley Authority typically pays:
above market

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Employer: Tennessee Valley Authority
Average Salary Range by Job
Job (Number Reporting)
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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 (3)
$64,164 - $121,800  
[-]Senior Contracts Manager (3)
Salary$61,581 - $113,328  
Bonus$3,861 - $18,746  
Total Pay$64,164 - $121,800  
[+]Senior Project Manager, Engineering (2)
$85,549 - $169,728  
[+]Senior Project Manager, Engineering (2)
Salary$81,859 - $150,453  
Total Pay$85,549 - $169,728  
[+]Contracts Manager (2)
$58,362 - $120,736  
[+]Contracts Manager (2)
Salary$54,210 - $108,074  
Bonus$1,621 - $15,672  
Total Pay$58,362 - $120,736  
[+]Electrical Engineer (2)
$50,196 - $113,107  
[+]Electrical Engineer (2)
Salary$50,092 - $101,796  
Bonus$1,048 - $12,799  
Total Pay$50,196 - $113,107  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 63
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Engineering Senior Project Managers represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at about $111K — though Metallurgical Engineers, Contracts Managers, and Project Control Specialists also do fairly well at around $89K, $85K, and $84K, respectively. On the lower end are Electrical Engineers at $78K.


Median pay is highest in the company's headquarter city of Knoxville (approximately $96K per year), followed by Chattanooga ($90K), Cumberland City ($74K), and Spring City (about $72K). Nashville is near the bottom for pay at around $65K.

Years of Experience

Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make $71K. For employees with five to ten years at the company, wages tend to be at the approximately $88K mark. For the most part, a representative employee at Tennessee Valley Authority has been working for 20 years or more and makes $90K annually.

Certifications and Degrees

Project Management Professionals earn $113K, far more than their non-accredited counterparts. Engineer in Trainings also rank high on the pay scale, with expected earnings of approximately $92K per year. Employees who have a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering (ME) make the most here, hauling in $100K annually.


When it comes to skills, employees who report People Management among their abilities seem to make the most, reporting a median income of around $105K. Project Management also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; approximately one-fourth of employees surveyed report using it at work. Microsoft Office, Scheduling, and Engineering Design are also desirable skills.

Benefits and Perks

A little over a half of workers at Tennessee Valley Authority earn paid vacation and paid sick time. Employees can save for retirement by joining one of several savings plans such as a 401(k) plan and a company pension plan. At Tennessee Valley Authority, a strong majority of workers have health insurance, and a solid majority of workers have dental coverage. Tennessee Valley Authority folks also make good use of life insurance, tuition reimbursement, and gym membership.

Key Stats

25 %
75 %
$57,375 - $103,981
$58,734 - $94,154
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.

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