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Legislator Salary Information in Tennessee

The average annual and hourly salaries for legislators in the state of Tennessee are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of legislators amongst Tennessee areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Legislators in Tennessee

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$16,560
25th Percentile Wage
$17,860
50th Percentile Wage
$20,100
75th Percentile Wage
$33,520
90th Percentile Wage
$142,320

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for legislators in Tennessee in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $142,320. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $20,100. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $16,560.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of legislators from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$20,100
5.47% 7.96%
2016
$19,000
0.68% -
2015
$18,870
1.32% -
2014
$18,620
0.11% -
2013
$18,600
0.54% -
2012
$18,500
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Legislators in Tennessee Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of legislators in some Tennessee cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of legislators in state of Tennessee ranges from $17,980 to $24,410. The highest paying area for legislators in Tennessee is Western Tennessee nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $24,410. The second highest paying city/area in Tennessee State is Memphis (mean annual salary $20,770). The lowest paying area is Johnson City with a median annual salary of $17,980.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Western Tennessee nonmetropolitan area
$24,410
Memphis
$20,770
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin
$20,740
Knoxville
$20,180
Chattanooga
$19,790
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area
$18,770
North Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area
$18,270
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area
$18,170
Cleveland
$18,000
Johnson City
$17,980




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