CalSTRS ‘$100K club’ has nearly doubled over past five years, membership now stands at over 13,500

The number of retired educators collecting pensions of $100,000 or more from the California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS) has nearly doubled since 2012, according to just-released pension payout data from TransparentCalifornia.com.

The 13,527 CalSTRS retirees who collected pensions of at least $100,000 last year marks an 87 percent increase from 2012, according to the data.

The data shows 7 pensioners collecting regular, ongoing pensions of over $300,000 a year:

  1. William Habermehl, Orange County Office of Education: $369,831.
  2. Richard Bray, Tustin Unified School District: $326,882.
  3. Edward Hernandez, Rancho Santiago Community College District: $324,287.
  4. Virgina Shattuck, Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District: $320,592.
  5. James Fleming, Capistrano Unified School District: $315,707.
  6. James Smith, Evergreen Elementary: $301,995.
  7. Donna Perez, Alhambra Unified School District: $300,110.

The below table displays the top 15 employers with the most $100,000 or greater CalSTRS pensions, as well as the percentage increase that has occurred since 2012:

Final Employer

# of $100K+ pensions

% Increase from 2012

LAUSD

1370

63%

LOS ANGELES COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT

293

97%

GARDEN GROVE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

178

114%

LONG BEACH UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

158

105%

SAN DIEGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

142

129%

SADDLEBACK VALLEY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

141

127%

FREMONT UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

140

97%

SANTA ANA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

136

139%

LOS ANGELES COUNTY SUPERINTENDENT

130

69%

COAST COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT

129

70%

LOS RIOS COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT

118

79%

EAST SIDE UNION HIGH

114

87%

CAPISTRANO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

103

129%

SOUTH ORANGE COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT

99

32%

MONTEBELLO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

99

154%

To view the entire CalSTRS dataset in a searchable and downloadable format, please click here. An analysis of the data by region can be found by clicking on the links below:

With the addition of 2017 pension payout data from CalPERS and CalSTRS, TransparentCalifornia.com now has over 20 million public pay and pension records available online, in an easy-to-access and fully searchable format.

Transparent California will be continually updating the site with new, 2017 data from the remaining pension funds in the coming weeks. Be sure to follow our blog and Twitter accounts, or sign up for our mailing list, in order to receive the latest updates.

For more information, please contact Robert Fellner at 559-462-0122 or Robert@TransparentCalifornia.com.

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