Research Salaries in Georgia

The average starting salary for a Georgia certified teacher is $38,925. According to the Georgia Department of Education, the average teacher salary for all levels of experience is $53,164. However, these figures are not guarantees of actual salaries for students pursuing teaching certification in Georgia. The salary of an educator who has recently met the teaching requirements in Georgia will be contingent upon factors like geographic location, subject matter taught, degree level, and years of teaching experience.

Individuals interested in becoming a teacher in Georgia may find the following table helpful. It contains U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data comparing Georgia-specific salary data with national averages. Included in the table are average salaries for elementary, middle, and high school; special education; and postsecondary teachers.

Occupation Annual Mean Wage in Georgia Annual Mean Wage in U.S.
Business Teachers, Postsecondary $80,520 $119,410
Physics Teachers Postsecondary $83,850 $90,570
Psychology Teachers Postsecondary $66,240 $76,060
Education Teachers Postsecondary $58,560 $65,630
English Language and Literature Teachers Postsecondary $62,450 $68,360
Preschool Teachers Except Special Education $29,970 $31,420
Kindergarten Teachers Except Special Education $52,100 $52,840
Elementary School Teachers Except Special Education $53,750 $56,320
Middle School Teachers Except Special and Career/Technical Education $53,410 $56,630
Secondary School Teachers Except Special and Career/Technical Education $54,750 $58,260
Special Education Teachers Kindergarten and Elementary School $52,380 $56,690
Special Education Teachers Middle School $51,930 $39,370
Special Education Teachers Secondary School $52,820 $39,370

District size greatly impacts average salaries. The table below shows salary data for school districts in three of Georgia’s largest metropolitan areas.

City Annual Mean Wage
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA $47,110
Brunswick, GA $43,710
Savannah, GA $49,480

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Albany State University

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504 College Drive
Albany, GA 31705
(229) 430-4600

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Armstrong State University

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11935 Abercorn St
Savannah, GA 31419-1997
(912) 344-2576

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Berry College

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2277 Martha Berry Hwy NW
Mount Berry, GA 30149
(706) 232-5374

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Brenau University

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500 Washington Street SE
Gainesville, GA 30501-3668
(770) 534-6299

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Brewton-Parker College

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201 David-Eliza Fountain Circle
Mount Vernon, GA 30445
(912) 583-2241

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Clayton State University

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2000 Clayton State Boulevard
Morrow, GA 30260-0285
(678) 466-4000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters

Columbus State University

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4225 University Ave
Columbus, GA 31907-5645
(706) 507-8800

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Covenant College

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14049 Scenic Highway
Lookout Mountain, GA 30750-4164
(706) 820-1560

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Emmanuel College

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181 Springs St
Franklin Springs, GA 30639
(706) 245-7226

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Fort Valley State University

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1005 State University Dr
Fort Valley, GA 31030-4313
(478) 825-6211

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Georgia College and State University

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231 W Hancock Street
Milledgeville, GA 31061
(478) 445-2770

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Georgia Military College

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201 E Greene St
Milledgeville, GA 31061
(478) 387-4900

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates

Accrediting Agency:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Georgia Regents University

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1120 Fifteenth St
Augusta, GA 30912
(706) 721-0211

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Georgia Southern University

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Brannen Hall, Room 2015, 2670 Southern Drive
Statesboro, GA 30460-8126
(912) 478-5391

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Georgia Southwestern State University

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800 Georgia Southwestern State University Dr.
Americus, GA 31709-4693
(877) 871-4594

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Georgia State University

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33 gilmer st
Atlanta, GA 30303-3083
(404) 413-2000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Kennesaw State University

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1000 Chastain Rd
Kennesaw, GA 30144-5591
(770) 423-6000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

LaGrange College

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601 Broad Street
Lagrange, GA 30240-2999
(706) 880-8000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Mercer University

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1400 Coleman Avenue
Macon, GA 31207
(478) 301-2700

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Paine College

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1235 15th St
Augusta, GA 30901-3182
(706) 821-8200

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
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