New CalSTRS data: Inland Empire’s ‘$100K club’ up 95% over past five years

The number of retired Inland Empire 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.

Last year, 1,077 CalSTRS members who retired from agencies in either Riverside or San Bernardino County collected pensions of $100,000 or more — a 95 percent increase from 2012.

The top 5 Inland Empire CalSTRS pensions went to:

  1. Donald Averill, San Bernardino Community College: $270,667.
  2. Herbert Fischer, San Bernardino County Office of Education: $254,427.
  3. Sharon Mcgehee, Desert Sands Unified: $242,324.
  4. Susan Rainey, Riverside Unified: $242,209.
  5. Garrett Rutheford, Desert Sands Unified: $231,652.

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

The below chart displays the Inland Empire school districts with the most $100,000 or greater CalSTRS pensions, as well as the percentage increase that has occurred since 2012:

School District

# of $100K+ CalSTRS Pensions

% Increase from 2012

Corona-Norco Unified School District



Riverside Unified School District



Chaffey Joint Union High



San Bernardino City Unified School District



Ontario-Montclair Elementary



To view the entire CalSTRS dataset in a searchable and downloadable format, please click here.

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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