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Georgia pays its teachers some of the highest salaries in the United States, according to the National Education Association. Elementary and secondary school teachers average an impressive $53,000 per year. These high salaries, combined with Georgia’s affordable cost of living, prompted to rank the state as the third most financially “comfortable” state for teachers.

It’s important to recognize, though, that these are averages, and many factors can dramatically impact your particular salary as a Georgia educator. The number of years you’ve taught, whether you have a master’s degree, and the level of job competition in the area you want to teach in can all affect the salary you’ll be offered for a particular position.

Some of the highest salaries are offered to teachers willing to teach in one of the public schools or subjects experiencing a teacher shortage. If you’re willing to work in a “high-needs” school, you’ll typically make a higher salary. Or if you teach a subject the state has difficulty finding teachers for, you can command a higher salary, too. Georgia definitely makes it financially worthwhile for teachers to take on public education’s more challenging teaching assignments.

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Last Updated: 06/14/2014