How Much is Workers’ Comp Insurance in Tennessee? 2024 Rates

workers' comp rates in Tennessee
Mordechai Kamenetsky
Last Updated: 
March 15, 2024

If you're a business owner in Tennessee, you might be wondering how much workers' compensation is in Tennessee. The cost depends on a variety of factors, including the size of your company, its annual payroll, and the industry you're in. To give you an idea of what it might cost for your business, we’ve included a list of rates for common industries from one of our partner carriers. 

Workers’ Compensation Rates in Tennessee by Industry

Here are some example rates provided by a partner carrier: 

Workers' Compensation Rates in Tennessee
Class Code Description Rate Per $100 of Payroll
0035 Farm - Planting & Harvesting - Cannabis Growers $1.65
0042 Landscaping Service $3.11
0106 Tree Trimming - Pruning - Removal $7.14
0917 Residential Cleaning Service - Housekeepers $2.01
2121 Breweries - Craft Beers $0.91
2143 Winery - Winemakers $1.67
2585 Carpet Cleaning $2.14
2589 Dry Cleaning & Laundry Service $1.43
3632 Machine Shop $2.33
3724 Garage Door Installation $2.25
3821 Salvage Yard $3.50
5022 Masonry $4.02
5102 Door & Window Installation $2.93
5183 Plumbing $1.83
5190 Electrical Wiring $2.19
5221 Concrete Construction $2.74
5348 Tile Installation $2.03
5437 Carpentry Trim $3.47
5474 Painting $3.61
5478 Flooring $2.30
5537 HVAC Installation & Repair $2.43
5645 Carpentry Noc. Residential Construction $9.62
7605 Alarm Installation $1.22
8006 Gas $1.44
8017 Retail Store $0.96
8742 Outside Sales Person $0.23
8810 Clerical - NOC $0.10
8832 Doctors Office $0.16
8835 Home Health Care $1.56
9012 Building Operations By Owner $0.53
9014 Janitorial Cleaning $1.52
9015 Building Operations By Contractor $1.60
9052 Hotel Employees $0.99
9082 Restaurant $0.70
9083 Restaurant Fast Food $0.76
9102 Lawn Care $1.78
9516 Electrical Equipment Service & Repair $1.54

Please note that these rates are approximate and can vary depending on factors such as the specific occupation and the carrier you choose. For more accurate quotes tailored to your business, it's important to speak with an experienced insurance agent.

Recent Changes in Workers’ Comp Premium in Tennessee

Recently, there have been favorable changes for employers. Workers' compensation rates have been declining for the 11th consecutive year, making insurance premiums more affordable for most Tennessee businesses.

This downward trend is a result of fewer on-the-job injury claims and measures to improve workplace safety, which allows insurance providers to reduce their rates. The assigned risk market experienced a 9.7% rate decrease, making insurance even more budget-friendly for businesses.

How to calculate your Tennessee Workers' Comp Premium

The simple formula to estimate your premium

Calculating your workers' comp premium in Tennessee can be a straightforward process. To estimate your premium, you'll need to follow a simple formula:

(Payroll / $100) x Rate = Estimated Annual Workers' Comp Premium

workers' compensation formula
  1. Payroll refers to the estimated annual payroll for your employees.
  2. Classification Rate is determined by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI), which assigns specific rates to each type of job and industry.

Remember that this formula is just a rough estimate, and you will need to consult with a Tennessee workers' comp insurance provider to get an accurate quote.

Sample calculation to get a better understanding

Let's say you own a small retail store in Tennessee with an annual payroll of $500,000. The classification rate of our partner carrier for retail stores in Tennessee is $.96 per $100 of payroll for retail employees. The estimated annual workers' comp premium would be calculated as follows:

($500,000 / $100) x $.96 = $4,800

Using this formula, your estimated annual workers' comp premium for your retail store in Tennessee would be around $4,800. Keep in mind that this is just an example and may not accurately reflect your specific business situation.

Get a Kickstand Quote for a closer estimate

Now that you have a basic understanding of how workers' comp premiums are calculated in Tennessee, feel free to use our instant quoter to get a more accurate estimate for your business. Don't forget to browse our resources for additional guidance on workers' compensation insurance and protecting your business.

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Note: The rates listed above have been provided by one of our partner insurance carriers, and were accurate at the time of publishing and for illustrative purposes only and may not reflect actual current rates for workers' compensation insurance in Tennessee at this time. Various factors, such as claim history and business experience can affect the rate as well. Business owners should consult with an insurance agent or the NCCI for accurate and up-to-date rate information.

Note: The information provided in this blog is intended for general informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional legal or insurance advice. Laws and regulations regarding workers' compensation insurance are complex and vary by state and by specific circumstances. Therefore, readers are encouraged to consult with a qualified legal or insurance professional to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem they might have.

Mordechai Kamenetsky

Mordechai Kamenetsky, co-founder and lead agent of Kickstand, is recognized as an expert in workers' compensation. He is passionate about helping small businesses manage risks and lower their workers' comp costs. In his articles, he educates readers and clients on the intricacies of workers' comp insurance.

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