Salary Guide: Guide for Computing County Official Salaries


ACCG’s 2021 Salary Guide for County Officials is now available for calculation of salaries (as of January 1, 2021) for county commissioners, coroners, magistrates, probate judges, sheriffs, superior court clerks, tax commissioners, and other officials. This year’s Guide was delayed by the extended session of the General Assembly, which was considering legislation affecting salaries as last as June 26th. Significant information for 2021:

  • The state did not award a 2021 cost of living adjustment (COLA), and therefore there is no state-mandated COLA increase for county officials.
  • Constitutional officers (probate judges, sheriffs, superior court clerks, and tax commissioners) receive a 5% increase to their base salaries based on General Assembly action in the previous legislative session.
  • Legislation to grant magistrate judges a similar base pay increase failed to pass on the final day of the 2020 General Assembly.

Questions regarding the 2021 Salary Guide should be directed to the county attorney.