Monroe leads area in avg. teacher pay

Monroe County teachers are among the best-paid in Middle Georgia, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution database of average teacher salaries.

The average Monroe County teacher makes $54,654, according to the database at www.ajc.com.

The AJC used salaries from the 2015-16 school year based on data that school districts send to the state Department of Education each year. The figure includes all local supplements, including bonuses, which makes for the difference between school systems.

Monroe County’s average teacher pay was higher than all of its surrounding school districts, including Jones, Lamar, Crawford, Butts, and Jasper counties. Of Middle Georgia school districts, only Houston County paid a higher average teacher salary at $55,571, about $900 more than Monroe County.

Buford City Schools had the highest average teacher pay in the state at $64,636.

Monroe County schools superintendent Dr. Mike Hickman said good pay helps the county recruit teachers.

“We are fortunate in Monroe County that we have a supportive board that works to ensure competitive compensation for our teachers and staff,” said Hickman. “As we move forward, it is critical that we are able to recruit, employ, develop, and retain high quality educators in all grades and content areas. To do this, we will have to compete with other school districts to recruit the best and brightest educators to Monroe County. Although pay isn’t the sole factor when recruiting teachers to come join our team, it really helps to be competitive within the Middle Georgia area and within our RESA with regards to compensation. We are thankful and appreciative of the work teachers do each and every day to ensure success for our students.”