Average Salary for Tennessee Valley Authority Employees

Tennessee Valley Authority employees can expect to earn a comfortable salary, with average pay hovering around $95K annually. Where you live is the biggest factor affecting pay for Tennessee Valley Authority workers, followed by how long you've been working and what you do at the company. The data for this overview comes from answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (around $95K per year) can be spotted in Chattanooga, Tenn.; the company's headquarter city of Knoxville, Tenn. ($83K), Cumberland City, Tenn. (about $74K), and Nashville, Tenn. ($52K) are the next top-paying cities. By state, the highest pay levels are found in Kentucky, where the average Tennessee Valley Authority employee makes $105K annually.

Years of Experience

Survey participants who have worked at Tennessee Valley Authority for between five and 10 years earn approximately $80K per year on average. For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach $70K annually. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of Tennessee Valley Authority employees (45 percent) have 20 years or more of experience and earn $92K per year on average.


Nuclear Power Reactor Operators rake in the most money, with average earnings of about $96K annually; Metallurgical Engineers come in second with median earnings amounting to around $92K, and Senior Contracts Managers rank near the top as well (approximately $85K).

Certifications and Degrees

Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than Project Management Professionals, who make $122K per year. At Tennessee Valley Authority, employees who hold a Bachelor's Degree receive the highest salaries at approximately $91K.


In this role, the best-paying skill appears to be People Management; individuals who claim it among their capabilities enjoy a higher median salary of $113K annually. Contract Negotiation is regularly seen around here; a little less than one-fifth of those surveyed report it as a core competency. Key skills also include Contract Management, Project Management, and Scheduling.


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

Tennessee Valley Authority offers its employees an attractive benefits package; a majority of workers are paid for both vacation time and sick days. Tennessee Valley Authority workers get plenty of help saving for their golden years, with retirement savings options such as a 401(k) plan and a company pension plan. Tennessee Valley Authority provides health insurance to a large number of workers, and a large number of respondents do receive dental coverage. Other privileges include life insurance, gym membership, and tuition reimbursement.

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Key Stats for Tennessee Valley Authority


26 %
74 %
$50,851 - $108,591
$63,023 - $98,895
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 13 votes.
$78,168 - $96,071

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