Over 280 retired educators of Greater San Diego receive eye-popping pension payouts of $100,000 or more

Over 280 retired educators of Greater San Diego 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 San Diego area 286 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 $65,605 for the year. Of those who retired in 2000 and later, the figure was $70,614. (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 San Diego area in 2014 were:

  • Rudy Castruita, San Diego County Office of Education, who received $274,265
  • Kenneth Noonan, Oceanside Unified, who received $256,547
  • Terry Davis, San Diego Community College District, who received $239,735

The top three biggest CalSTRS pension recipients statewide 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

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 Los Angeles: $69,002

Ten biggest school districts by total payroll in Greater San Diego

Name County Avg. Full-Career Pension
Greater San Diego = San Diego County, Imperial County
San Diego Unified San Diego $61,832
Sweetwater Union High San Diego $70,738
Chula Vista Elementary San Diego $70,124
Grossmont Union High San Diego $67,503
Vista Unified San Diego $61,974
San Marcos Unified San Diego $72,460
Escondido Union Elementary San Diego $64,478
Cajon Valley Union Elementary San Diego $66,864
San Diego County Office of Education San Diego $86,695
San Dieguito Union High San Diego $77,709

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.