Georgia Teacher Salary Information

Getting the right information is the first step toward making an educated decision about your career.

To compete in the modern world, state governments are putting an increasing focus on education. In Georgia, teacher salary has been a topic of conversation in recent elections, and many political candidates agree that paying teachers fairly is a major part of improving the educational system.(1) Beyond campaign promises, though, would-be educators have a lot to be hopeful for with respect to Georgia teacher salaries, given the $400 million that the state was awarded in the Race to the Top grant program.(2)

Not only that, the Georgia Department of Labor reports that education administrators and elementary, kindergarten and special education school teachers are on the "hot careers" list for the state through 2020. But do the salary numbers reflect this high demand?

Your salary will increase depending on your level of experience, graduate-level education such as a master's or doctoral degree, and other factors.

Georgia teacher salaries also vary depending on where you're employed. Here are average annual starting teacher salaries from the National Education Association, 2013 and teacher salaries by grade level, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014-15 Occupational Outlook Handbook:


Type of Teacher Average or Median Annual Salary
Starting Teacher (Average) $33,664
Kindergarten Teacher (Median) $51,840
Elementary School Teacher (Median) $53,240
Middle School Teacher (Median) $53,310
High School Teacher (Median) $53,530
Substitute Teacher (Median) $19,000

Don't forget that teachers receive perks over and above their base salary, including retirement benefits, medical and dental insurance, credit union membership and that all-important summer vacation.(5)

For more details about becoming a teacher in Georgia, visit TeachGeorgia.org or contact the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. To find a Georgia teacher certification program, start your research right here at Teacher World.

Sources:
(1) Spires, Shelby. "Talton, Miller put RAFB at top of agenda." Macon.com;
(2) Georgia Department of Education;
(3) Georgia Department of Labor;
(4) Bureau of Labor Statistics;
(5) Kennesaw State University: Salary information for secondary school teachers