Over 1,500 retired educators of Greater Los Angeles receive eye-popping pension payouts of $100,000 or more

Over 1,500 retired educators of Greater Los Angeles receive eye-popping pension payouts of $100,000 or more

Bad Education: Transparent California Releases 2014 CalSTRS Pension Data

TUSTIN — Today, TransparentCalifornia.com released 2014 pension records for 256,305 CalSTRS pensioners, received through a series of public records request.

The data reveals that at just the 10 biggest school districts in the Greater Los Angeles area 1,541 CalSTRS pensioners took home pension payouts of $100,000 or more in 2014. The average pension for those who worked 30 years or more at these districts was $69,002 for the year. Of those who retired in 2000 and later, the figure was $75,554. (These payouts do not include the value of generous health benefits.)

Transparent California is California’s largest and most comprehensive database of public sector compensation and is run by the California Policy Center and Nevada Policy Research Institute.

Statewide, 8,888 CalSTRS retirees received pension payouts of $100,000 or more in 2014. The average pension for those who worked 30 years or more was $66,641 for the year. Of those who retired in 2000 and later, the figure was $74,910.

To view the data click here. To explore the data by specific school district click here.

“Widespread six-figure pension payouts for retired educators challenge the popular conception of the poor retired teacher struggling to get by on a fixed pension,” said Mark Bucher, president of the California Policy Center. “The release of this data will give policymakers, journalists and Californians-at-large better context of hot-button issues surrounding teacher contracts and compensation.”

The three biggest CalSTRS pension recipients in the Greater Los Angeles area in 2014 were:

  • William Habermehl, Orange County Office of Education, who received $347,856
  • Richard Bray, Tustin Unified School District, who received $307,135
  • Edward Hernandez Jr., Rancho Santiago Community College District, who received $304,652

The top five biggest pensions statewide went to retired educators in the Greater Los Angeles area. The three biggest CalSTRS pension recipients outside of Greater Los Angeles in 2014 were:

  • Marilyn Miller, Hillsborough City Elementary, who received $280,035
  • Johanna Vandermolen, Campbell Union Elementary, who received $278,003
  • Phil Quon, Cupertino Union, who received $274,899

Based on the ten biggest school districts in each region, the average pensions of those who worked 30 years or more by other California region were:

  • Bay Area: $65,414
  • Sacramento & the Central Valley: $63,682
  • Central Coast: $60,532
  • Greater San Diego: $65,605

Ten biggest school districts by total payroll in Greater Los Angeles

Name County Avg. Full-Career Pension
Greater Los Angeles = LA County, Orange County, San Bernardino County, Riverside County, and Ventura County
Los Angeles Unified Los Angeles $67,786
Long Beach Unified Los Angeles $66,147
Santa Ana Unified Orange $73,714
San Bernardino City Unified San Bernardino $67,177
Garden Grove Unified Orange $75,199
Capistrano Unified Orange $78,250
Corona-Norco Unified Riverside $77,363
Fontana Unified San Bernardino $68,569
Riverside Unified Riverside $68,119
Anaheim Union High Orange $73,483

Transparent California is a project of two nonpartisan, free-market think tanks, the California Policy Center and Nevada Policy Research Institute. Learn more at TransparentCalifornia.com.

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