Average Teacher Salary in Tennessee

The average teacher salary in Tennessee in 2009 was $45,927, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In 2008, the Tennessee average teacher salary was $43,840, which demonstrates an impressive 4.76 percent increase from the previous year. Along with the 3.65 percent increase from 2007 to 2008, Tennessee can boast an increase in teachers’ salaries by an average of 8.58 percent from 2007 to 2009.

Teaching salaries in Tennessee have been consistently been below the national average, which was $49,720 in 2009 and $48,353 in 2008. However, the percentage increase in Tennessee teacher salaries has been higher than the increase in the average salary for teachers nationally, which was a 2.8 percent increase from 2008 to 2009.

Though the salaries are consistently rising in accordance with national trends, teacher salaries Tennessee rankings fluctuate just below the average. Teaching salaries in Tennessee ranked 34th in the nation in 2007 and dropped down to 36th in 2008, but rose to 33rd in the nation by 2009.

Tennessee teacher salaries’ steady rise can be documented by the Tennessee Teacher Salary Schedule below:

Average Salary Percent Change
Rank 2009 Rank 2008 Rank 2007 2008 to 2009 2007 to 2008 2007 to 2009
Tennessee 33 $45,926.67 36 $43,840.00 34 $42,296.67 4.76% 3.65% 8.58%

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Financial Data for Tennessee

State Spending on Teachers

  • Salary expenditure on all teachers (including home schoolers, special education, non-certified teachers): $3,273,963,709
  • Benefits expenditures for teachers: $924,869,956
  • Instructional expenditures for teaching supplies: $456,625,761
  • Total current instructional expenditures per student (teacher salary and curriculum): $5,052
  • Total current expenditures per student: $8,002

Revenue Per Student From Various Sources

  • State revenue per student: $3,892
  • Federal revenue per student: $896

State Sources of Revenue for Schools

  • Revenue by state property tax: $-1
  • Revenue by local government property tax: $1,683,742,595
  • Federal grants direct to local districts: $34,406,754
  • Federal grants through state: $810,204,308

Tennessee School Districts

School District Full Time Teachers Student to Teacher Ratio Contact Information
Alamo City School District 36 18 to 1
264 East Park St
Alamo, TN 38001
731-696-5515
Alcoa City School District 110 15 to 1
524 Faraday St
Alcoa, TN 37701
865-984-0531
Alvin C York Institute not available not available
701 North Main St
Jamestown, TN 38556
931-879-8101
Anderson County School Distrct 537 13 to 1
Ste 500 101 South Main
Clinton, TN 37716
865-463-8631
Athens City Elementary School District 121 15 to 1
943 Crestway Dr
Athens, TN 37303
423-745-2863
Bedford County School District 502 16 to 1
500 Madison St
Shelbyville, TN 37160
931-684-3284
Bells City School District 31 14 to 1
4532 Hwy 88 South
Bells, TN 38006
731-663-2739
Benton County School District 179 14 to 1
197 Briarwood St
Camden, TN 38320
731-584-6111
Bledsoe County School District 135 15 to 1
109 Spring St
Pikeville, TN 37367
423-447-2914
Blount County School District 743 16 to 1
831 Grandview Dr
Maryville, TN 37803
865-984-1212
Bradford Special School District 39 15 to 1
106 West Front St
Bradford, TN 38316
731-742-3180
Bradley County School District 648 16 to 1
800 South Lee Hwy
Cleveland, TN 37311
423-476-0620
Bristol City School District 274 15 to 1
615 Martin L King Jr Blvd
Bristol, TN 37620
423-652-9451
Campbell County School Distrct 391 15 to 1
522 Main St
Jacksboro, TN 37757
423-562-8377
Cannon County School District 162 14 to 1
301 West Main St
Woodbury, TN 37190
615-563-5752
Carter County School District 441 13 to 1
305 Academy St
Elizabethton, TN 37643
423-547-4000
Cheatham County School Distrct 442 16 to 1
102 Elizabeth St
Ashland City, TN 37015
615-792-5664
Chester County School District 164 17 to 1
970 East Main
Henderson, TN 38340
731-989-5134
Claiborne County School District 372 13 to 1
1731 Main St
Tazewell, TN 37879
423-626-3543
Clay County School District 82 13 to 1
520 Brown St
Celina, TN 38551
931-243-3310
Cleveland City School District 317 16 to 1
4300 Mouse Creek North West Rd
Cleveland, TN 37312
423-472-9571
Clinton City Elementary School District 62 14 to 1
212 North Hicks St
Clinton, TN 37716
865-457-0159
Cocke County School District 331 15 to 1
305 Hedrick Dr
Newport, TN 37821
423-623-7821
Coffee County School District 305 15 to 1
1343 Mcarthur St
Manchester, TN 37355
931-723-5150
Crockett County School District 120 15 to 1
102 North Cavalier Dr
Alamo, TN 38001
731-696-2604
Cumberland County School District 481 16 to 1
368 4th St
Crossville, TN 38555
931-484-6135
Davidson County 5,307 14 to 1
2601 Bransford Ave
Nashville, TN 37204
615-259-8419
Dayton City Elementary School District 53 14 to 1
520 Cherry St
Dayton, TN 37321
423-775-8412
Decatur County School District 120 14 to 1
59 West Main St
Decaturville, TN 38329
731-852-2391
Dekalb County School District 200 15 to 1
110 South Public Sq
Smithville, TN 37166
615-597-4084
Dickson County School District 576 15 to 1
817 North Charlotte St
Dickson, TN 37055
615-446-7571
Dyer County School District 213 17 to 1
159 Everett Ave
Dyersburg, TN 38024
731-285-6712
Dyersburg City School District 210 16 to 1
1025 Phillips St
Dyersburg, TN 38025
731-286-3600
Elizabethton City School District 152 14 to 1
804 South Watauga Ave
Elizabethton, TN 37643
423-547-8000
Etowah City Elementary School District 27 14 to 1
858 8th St
Etowah, TN 37331
423-263-5483
Fayette County School District 274 14 to 1
126 West Market St
Somerville, TN 38068
901-465-5260
Fayetteville City Elem School District 70 15 to 1
110a South Elk Ave
Fayetteville, TN 37334
931-433-5542
Fentress County School Distrct 166 15 to 1
103a Smith St South
Jamestown, TN 38556
931-879-9218
Franklin City Elementary School District 330 11 to 1
507 New Hwy 96 West
Franklin, TN 37064
615-794-6624
Franklin County School Distrct 401 15 to 1
215 South College St
Winchester, TN 37398
931-967-0626
Gibson Special District 201 17 to 1
130 Hwy 45 West
Dyer, TN 38330
731-692-3803
Giles County School District 308 14 to 1
270 Richland Dr
Pulaski, TN 38478
931-363-4558
Grainger County School Distrct 227 14 to 1
7850 Rutledge Pike
Rutledge, TN 37861
865-828-3611
Greene County School District 476 16 to 1
910 Summer St
Greeneville, TN 37743
423-639-4194
Greeneville City School District 212 14 to 1
312 Floral St
Greeneville, TN 37744
423-787-8000
Grundy County School District 194 12 to 1
1376 Main St
Altamont, TN 37317
931-692-3467
Hamblen County School District 644 16 to 1
210 East Morris Blvd
Morristown, TN 37813
423-586-7700
Hamilton County School Distrct 2,865 15 to 1
6703 Bonny Oaks Dr
Chattanooga, TN 37421
423-209-8538
Hancock County School District 90 12 to 1
418 Harrison St
Sneedville, TN 37869
423-733-2591
Hardeman County School Distrct 322 14 to 1
10815 Old Hwy 64
Bolivar, TN 38008
731-658-2510
Hardin County School District 281 14 to 1
155 Guinn St
Savannah, TN 38372
731-925-3943
Hawkins County School District 532 15 to 1
200 North Depot St
Rogersville, TN 37857
423-272-7629
Haywood County School District 236 14 to 1
900 East Main St
Brownsville, TN 38012
731-772-9613
Henderson County School District 234 16 to 1
35 East Wilson St
Lexington, TN 38351
731-968-3661
Henry County School District 219 15 to 1
217 Grove Blvd
Paris, TN 38242
731-642-9733
Hickman County School District 277 14 to 1
115 Murphree Ave
Centerville, TN 37033
931-729-3391
Hollow Rock-bruceton School District 48 15 to 1
Hwy 70 West
Bruceton, TN 38317
731-586-7657
Houston County School District 97 16 to 1
6460 Hwy 13 South
Erin, TN 37061
931-289-4148
Humboldt City School District 94 16 to 1
1421 Osborne St
Humboldt, TN 38343
731-784-2652
Humphreys County School District 215 15 to 1
2443 Hwy 70 East
Waverly, TN 37185
931-296-2568
Huntingdon Special School District 85 15 to 1
585 High St
Huntingdon, TN 38344
731-986-2222
Jackson County School District 120 13 to 1
711 School Dr
Gainesboro, TN 38562
931-268-0119
Jackson-madison Consolidated 962 14 to 1
310 North Pkwy
Jackson, TN 38305
731-664-2500
Jefferson County School District 484 16 to 1
1221 Gay St
Dandridge, TN 37725
865-397-3194
Johnson City School District 520 14 to 1
100 East Maplacee
Johnson City, TN 37605
423-434-5200
Johnson County School District 167 14 to 1
211 North Church St
Mountain City, TN 37683
423-727-2640
Kingsport City School District 442 15 to 1
1701 East Center St
Kingsport, TN 37664
423-378-2100
Knox County School District 3,831 15 to 1
912 South Gay St
Knoxville, TN 37902
865-594-1620
Lake County School District 80 12 to 1
819 Mcbride St
Tiptonville, TN 38079
731-253-6601
Lauderdale County School District 314 15 to 1
402 South Washington St
Ripley, TN 38063
731-635-2941
Lawrence County School Distrct 458 15 to 1
700 Mahr Ave
Lawrenceburg, TN 38464
931-762-3581
Lebanon City Elementary School District 238 13 to 1
701 Coles Ferry Pike
Lebanon, TN 37087
615-449-6060
Lenoir City School District 138 17 to 1
2145 Harrison Ave
Lenoir City, TN 37771
865-986-8058
Lewis County School District 135 15 to 1
206 South Couroute St
Hohenwald, TN 38462
931-796-3264
Lexington City Elementary 81 14 to 1
70 Dixon St
Lexington, TN 38351
731-967-5591
Lincoln County School District 281 15 to 1
206 East Davidson Dr
Fayetteville, TN 37334
931-433-3565
Loudon County School District 341 15 to 1
100 River Rd
Loudon, TN 37774
865-458-5411
Macon County School District 234 16 to 1
501 College St
Lafayette, TN 37083
615-666-2125
Manchester City School District 104 13 to 1
215 East Foroute St
Manchester, TN 37355
931-728-2316
Marion County School District 283 15 to 1
204 Betsy Pack Dr
Jasper, TN 37347
423-942-3434
Marshall County School Distrct 345 16 to 1
700 Jones Circle
Lewisburg, TN 37091
931-359-1581
Maryville City School District 324 16 to 1
833 Lawrence Ave
Maryville, TN 37803
865-982-7121
Maury County School District 807 15 to 1
501 West 8th St
Columbia, TN 38401
931-388-8403
Mckenzie Special School District 88 16 to 1
114 West Bell Ave
Mckenzie, TN 38201
731-352-2246
Mcminn County School District 374 17 to 1
216 North Jackson
Athens, TN 37303
423-745-1612
Mcnairy County School District 329 14 to 1
170 West Couroute Ave
Selmer, TN 38375
731-645-3267
Meigs County School District 126 15 to 1
210 Main St North
Decatur, TN 37322
423-334-5793
Memphis City School District 7,201 16 to 1
2597 Avery Ave
Memphis, TN 38112
901-416-5444
Milan City Special School District 145 15 to 1
2048 South First St
Milan, TN 38358
731-686-0844
Monroe County School District 318 18 to 1
205 Oak Grove Rd
Madisonville, TN 37354
423-442-2373
Montgomery County Schools 1,870 15 to 1
621 Gracey Ave
Clarksville, TN 37040
931-648-5600
Moore County School District 70 14 to 1
241 Main St
Lynchburg, TN 37352
931-759-7303
Morgan County School District 251 14 to 1
136 Flat Fork Rd
Wartburg, TN 37887
423-346-6214
Murfreesboro City Elem School District 500 14 to 1
2552 South Church St
Murfreesboro, TN 37127
615-893-2313
Newport City Elementary School District 58 14 to 1
301 College St
Newport, TN 37821
423-623-3811
Oak Ridge City School District 357 13 to 1
304 New York Ave
Oak Ridge, TN 37831
865-425-9001
Obion County School District 265 15 to 1
316 South Third St
Union City, TN 38261
731-885-9743
Oneida City School District 95 14 to 1
195 North Bank
Oneida, TN 37841
423-569-8912
Overton County School District 218 16 to 1
302 Zachary St
Livingston, TN 38570
931-823-1287
Paris City Special School District 111 15 to 1
1219 Hwy 641 South
Paris, TN 38242
731-642-9322
Perry County School District 88 14 to 1
333 South Mill St
Linden, TN 37096
931-589-2102
Pickett County School District 57 12 to 1
141 Skyline Dr
Byrdstown, TN 38549
931-864-3123
Polk County School District 178 16 to 1
131 Stephens Cr
Benton, TN 37307
423-338-4506
Putnam County School District 660 17 to 1
1400 East Spring St
Cookeville, TN 38506
931-526-9777
Rhea County School District 277 16 to 1
305 California Ave
Dayton, TN 37321
423-775-7813
Richard City Elementary School District 24 13 to 1
1620 Hamilton Ave
South Pittsburg, TN 37380
423-837-7282
Roane County School District 493 15 to 1
105 Bluff Rd
Kingston, TN 37763
865-376-5592
Robertson County School District 707 16 to 1
2121 Woodland St
Springfield, TN 37172
615-384-5588
Rogersville City Elem School District 48 14 to 1
116 Brdway
Rogersville, TN 37857
423-272-7651
Rutherford County School District 2,421 15 to 1
2240 Southpark Blvd
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
615-893-5812
Scott County School District 212 14 to 1
208 Couroute St
Huntsville, TN 37756
423-663-2159
Sequatchie County School District 144 16 to 1
878 Cordell Dr
Dunlap, TN 37327
423-949-3617
Sevier County School District 964 15 to 1
226 Cedar St
Sevierville, TN 37862
865-453-4671
Shelby County School District 2,982 16 to 1
160 South Hollywood
Memphis, TN 38112
901-321-2500
Smith County School District 226 15 to 1
126 South C M South Ln
Carthage, TN 37030
615-735-9625
South Carroll Special School District 28 15 to 1
145 Clarksburg Rd
Clarksburg, TN 38324
731-986-3165
Stewart County School District 141 17 to 1
1031 Spring St
Dover, TN 37058
931-232-5176
Sullivan County School Distrct 814 15 to 1
154 Bountville By-pass
Blountville, TN 37617
423-354-1000
Sumner County School District 1,838 15 to 1
695 East Main St
Gallatin, TN 37066
615-451-5200
Sweetwater City School District 105 15 to 1
203 Monroe St
Sweetwater, TN 37874
423-337-7051
Tennessee School For Blind not available not available
115 Stewarts Ferry Pk
Nashville, TN 37214
615-231-7300
Tennessee School For Deaf not available not available
2725 Island Home Blvd
Knoxville, TN 37920
865-579-2500
Tipton County School District 756 16 to 1
1580 Hwy 51 South
Covington, TN 38019
901-476-7148
Trenton City School District 94 16 to 1
201 West 10th St
Trenton, TN 38382
731-855-1191
Trousdale County School District 93 7 to 1
103 Lock Six Rd
Hartsville, TN 37074
615-374-2193
Tullahoma City School District 231 15 to 1
510 South Jackson St
Tullahoma, TN 37388
931-454-2600
Unicoi School District 168 16 to 1
600 North Elm Ave
Erwin, TN 37650
423-743-1600
Union City School District 111 13 to 1
408 South Depot St
Union City, TN 38261
731-885-3922
Union County School District 225 14 to 1
3006 Maynardville Hwy
Maynardville, TN 37807
865-992-5466
Van Buren County School District 61 13 to 1
293 Sparta St
Spencer, TN 38585
931-946-2242
Warren County School District 429 15 to 1
2548 Morrison St
Mcminnville, TN 37110
931-668-4022
Washington County School District 590 16 to 1
405 West College St
Jonesborough, TN 37659
423-753-1100
Wayne County School District 210 12 to 1
419 South Main St
Waynesboro, TN 38485
931-722-3548
Weakley County School District 319 15 to 1
8319 Hwy 22 Ste A
Dresden, TN 38225
731-364-2247
West Carroll Special District 76 14 to 1
1415 Hwy 77
Atwood, TN 38220
731-662-4200
West Tennessee School For Deaf not available not available
1838 North Pkwy
Jackson, TN 38301
731-423-5705
White County School District 268 15 to 1
136 Baker St
Sparta, TN 38583
931-836-2229
Williamson County School District 1,917 16 to 1
1320 West Main Ste 202
Franklin, TN 37064
615-472-4000
Wilson County School District 913 16 to 1
351 Stumpy Ln
Lebanon, TN 37090
615-444-3282