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Tennessee Teacher’s Salary

Tennessee Teacher’s Starting Salary for the 2022 to 2023 school year is between $41,600 and $55,646 for a beginning teacher with a bachelor’s degree and no experience.  

Teachers in Tennessee earn an average salary of $53,619 a year, But a realistic number that a teacher makes depends on many factors; years of service within the school district is the most significant factor. And a close second is the degree level; after that, it depends on where you work in Tennessee. Do you teach for 10 or 12 months? Do you give training or Coach? All these factors determine the salary of a Tennessee State teacher. Below you will find a list of School Districts in Tennessee; click on the one you want to know the realistic teacher salary.

Shelby County has the highest starting Salary in Tennessee State at $55,646. This is 34% more than Wilson County $41,600, with the lowest starting salary on our list. However, Shelby County has the most significant pay bump for a master’s degree in the first year at $8,346, while Knox County has the lowest raise for a master’s in the first year at $2,815. With a Doctorate, your best option is Shelby County. Because it has the highest starting salary for a Ph.D. at $74,009, this is the most significant increase at $18,363. Wilson County has the lowest Starting salary for a Ph.D. at $47,600  because of the smallest increases for a Doctorate at $6,000.

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Tennessee Teacher Salary Chart:

Shelby County$55,646$63,992$74,009
Williamson County$45,900$50,490$55,080
Rutherford County$44,930$49,207$57,358
Sumner County$44,100$47,700$53,374
Hamilton County$43,132$46,260$52,293
Knox County$43,077$45,892$53,215
Sevier County$42,000$45,000$55,000
Clarksville Montgomery$41,961$46,599$54,133
Wilson County$41,600$44,600$47,600

What’s more, the job market for teachers is substantial.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that jobs as school teachers will grow by 20% through 2026. Please consider that many colleges and universities offer tuition reimbursement programs to attract prospective college graduates who majored in education. Check with your local school district to learn more about their teacher salary policies and what kinds of scholarships are available to prospective students who plan on becoming a teacher one day.

How Much Does a Teacher Make in Your District?

Please see the Salary Schedule by District below; if you can’t find yours, we are probably working on it and will post it soon.