State employee salaries revealed; sports, school administration, full-time government workers are top earners

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Have you ever wondered how much money the mayor in your town makes or why the head football coach is bringing in the big bucks?

Every day at Rutland Middle School in Bibb County brings a new set of challenges, especially for 7th grade math & science teacher Eric Devoursney. 

The second year teacher spends his days working with kids who need extra attention in the classroom. 

“When you’ve taught somebody something and they get it and then they can apply it, that is the ultimate joy. It’s a great feeling,” Devoursney said. 

The Warner Robins native, along with countless other teachers around the state, is bringing in a little more than $40,000 a year. 

That’s the average for a second year teacher with their master’s degree. 

“I don’t expect to drive a Range Rover into the parking lot so that makes it easier obviously,” Devoursney said. 

What about others who work in education?

According to open.ga.gov, a website geared toward transparency with Georgian’s tax dollars and state salaries, superintendents are bringing in significantly more money. 

In 2013, four of the superintendents in middle Georgia made more than $100,000. 

        SUPERINTENDENT SALARIES IN MIDDLE GEORGIA FOR 2013:

        Bibb County: $525,151.18 ** – (Superintendent was bought out.
        
        Houston County: $195,859.93

        Jones County: $155,000.00

        Peach County: 154,115.84

“Do I think that there is a huge disparity, absolutely,” State Representative – Elect Heath Clark said. 

The newly elected congressman says he recognizes the huge gap between teachers and administration and is hoping to bridge that gap. 

“The board levels, their salaries are so high and they’re so disconnected from the classrooms. I think that there are some areas that we can look at in waste in spending that creates some of the disparity that the teachers are not receiving,” Clark said. 

Then you take a look at the salaries from professionals within the University of Georgia. 

        UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT SALARIES IN GEORGIA FOR 2013:

        Georgia Southern University: $381,000.12
        
        Georgia Institute of Technology: $602,000.64

        University of Georgia: $1,278,317.41

Then there’s football. 

        UNIVERSITY COACHES SALARIES FROM THE STATE FOR 2013:

        Georgia Southern University: $251,866.71
        
        Georgia Institute of Technology: $332,799.96

        University of Georgia: $405,329.44

Some people believe the coaches might make too much money. 

 “I don’t necessarily know if it’s fair or not. You know that going in so at least you’re not caught off guard once you get into the profession. You realize that you don’t have that,” Devoursney said. 

The state gives the coaches a fraction of their million dollar contracts they receive from the universities’ athletic departments. 

“Some of the revenue, they generate revenue for the school through the football program from ticket sales, concession sales and stuff like that. So there is some revenue generation there,” Clark said. 

Switching to governments, Governor Nathan Deal brought in nearly $140,000. 

        GOVERNMENT SALARIES FROM THE STATE FOR 2013:
        – OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR —

        Governor Nathan Deal: $139,339.44
        
        Director #1: $157,520.00

        Director #2: $142,000.08
        
        Executive Secretary: $149,350.08

According to surveys from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, the average salaries for Georgia mayors is less than $30,000.

The mayors in Macon and Warner Robins were the only exception to that statistic in middle Georgia in 2013. 

        
        GOVERNMENT SALARIES FROM THE STATE FOR 2013:
        – MAYORAL SALARIES —

        Macon: $101,025.00
        
        Warner Robins: $100,000.00

What about those who protect and serve? First responders can make anywhere between $27,000 – $60,000 depending on the county where they work. 

Devoursney says it’s not about the money, and to do the job, you have to love every single day. 

“You know that you’re helping somebody, and that’s kind of why you get into it. The same call that a police officer gets inside them, or a firefighter or a person in the army, it’s the same feeling you have as a teacher. You get into for a certain reason and not for the money,” Devoursney said. 

All of this information is open to the public using open record requests or from the aforementioned open.georgia.gov and the state department of community affairs.      
       
FUN FACTS:

President Barack Obama: $400,000

Vice President Joe Biden: $230,700

Director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Vernon Keenan: $147,722.88

Director of Georgia Department of Natural Resources: $112,210.44

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