• Project Labor Agreements

    Adopted ABC model government-neutrality bill.

  • Prevailing Wage

    Only for highway contractors and subcontractors; $50,000.

  • Right to Work


  • Public-Private Partnerships

    Statute authorizes the Department of Transportation to enter into P3s to develop a tollway or toll facility, as well as mass transit projects and their associated facilities. Bridges, highways and tunnels are excluded. Unsolicited bids are allowed, but competing bids are accepted during a subsequent 90-day review process.

  • Workforce Development Incentives

    Current labor supply satisfies 83% of peak labor demand.

    State offered $99,264,821 in grants and incentives for workforce preparation and development in 2021.

  • Career and Technical Education

    76% of CTE high school graduates are placed in colleges or careers.

    Tennessee does recognize NCCER as an approved curriculum for CTE programs.

  • Job Growth Rate


Monthly Unemployment Rate in Tennessee

Please see ABC's state-by-state construction unemployment data here.

Industry Overview

Prompt Pay

Private: Owner must pay prime within 30 days of invoice.
Public: Owner must pay prime within 45 days unless otherwise agreed.
Subs: For both public and private, the prime must pay subs and subs pay lower tiers within 30 days.

Immigration/E-Verify Mandate

All employers must use E-Verify for new employees or request newly hired employee provide a valid state issued driver license or photo ID card.

Percentage of State GDP From Nonresidential Construction


Incidence Rate


Occupational Safety & Health Oversight (State vs. Federal)

State plan covers private workplaces and state and local government workplaces.

Percentage of Union Membership in Private Construction


Marijuana Legalization Status

Low THC marijuana legalized for medicinal use.

Business Facts

Minimum Wage


Percentage of Pensions Funded


Effective Real-Estate Tax Rate


Corporate Income Tax Rate(s)


State and Local Public Construction Expenditures (in millions)