Which Georgia school systems pay teachers the most?

With the eighth widest pay gap in the nation last year, this isn't the easiest time for a teaching career in Georgia.

But if your heart's set on it, there are some school systems in the state with a better salary than others.

According to data obtained from the Georgia Department of Education, Buford City schools offered teachers an average annual salary of $64,636.33 during the last school year—that's $10,000 above the state average.

Teachers at Fayette County schools earned approximately $61,000.

With the exception of charter schools, teachers in the Quitman County school system earned the least in all of Georgia with an average salary of  $46,103.01 last year.

Atlanta Public Schools, along with the Marietta City and Cobb County school systems were among the ten best paying school systems for teachers.

These salary figures from the 2015-2016 school year are based on the Certified Contract Salary field as reported in the Certified Personnel Index that school districts send to the department each year. The index also includes all local supplements, including bonuses.

Credit: John Moore

Credit: John Moore

Here are the top 10 best school systems in Georgia for teacher pay, according to data from the 2015-2016 school year:

  1. Buford City, $64,636.33
  2. Fayette County,  $61,037.79
  3. State Charter Schools- Mountain Education Charter High School,  $60,742.66
  4. Walton County,  $60,022.63
  5. Cherokee County,  $59,085.91
  6. Atlanta Public Schools, $58,964.85
  7. Marietta City,  $58,919.37
  8. Cartersville City,  $58,908.32
  9. Pickens County,  $58,476.06
  10. Cobb County,  $58,424.94

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