2023 Salary Guide Now Available

The 2023 Salary Guide for County Officials is now available for calculation of salaries (as of January 1, 2023) for county commissioners, coroners, magistrates, probate judges, sheriffs, superior court clerks, tax commissioners, and other officials. Please review the general principles on pages 4 and 5 for an overview of the process.

Significant information for 2023:

  • While in most years the state COLA is stated as a percentage, this year the state awarded a COLA in a flat dollar amount of $5,000, which for most county officials will be applicable January 1, 2023. The state granted the same $5,000 COLA to certain officials such as superior court judges; some counties have local legislation tying county officials’ salaries to superior court judges’ salaries.
  • Legislation effective January 1, 2021 updated the base salaries for probate judges, sheriffs, superior court clerks, and tax commissioners. Those revised base salaries incorporated prior COLAs from 2007 through 2019, plus adding a 5% increase to the base salaries. As a result, only the 2020 and 2023 COLA are added to the updated base salaries. The same legislation also made similar increases to various statutorily required supplements for those particular county officers. Legislation passed by the General Assembly in 2021 updates the base salaries for magistrates as of January 1, 2022. Those revised base salaries incorporate all prior state-awarded COLAs from 2007 through June 30, 2022, plus adding a 5% increase to the base salaries. As a result, only the 2023 COLA is added to the updated base salaries. The same legislation also made similar increases, effective May 4, 2021, to the statutorily required supplements for persons serving as clerk of magistrate court.

If you have any questions about how salaries should be calculated, please contact your county attorney.