Research Salaries in Georgia

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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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