According to that article in the AJC:
The legislation would hike the council’s pay from $39,473 to $60,300, with pay for the council president — usually a nonvoting role — jumping from $41,000 to $62,000.
For comparison, the site Payscale.com lists the salary of an administrative assistant in Atlanta: about $34,679. An executive assistant in Atlanta? About $48,083.
This newly passed legislation also raises the salary of the city mayor-- "from $147,500 to $184,300" (according to the AJC article linked above).
For comparison, most large Atlanta law firms pay between $130,000-165,000 for first-year associates.
Deserved? Merited? Necessary? Wasteful?
Here are the reported salaries of Atlanta-area Superintendents of Schools from 2010:
- $382,819 (Gwinnett);
- $344,331 (APS);
- $287,992 (DeKalb);
- $276,629 (Clayton);
- $216,697 (Cobb)