New CalSTRS data: LA’s ‘$100K club’ up 82% over past five years

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

Last year, 3,850 CalSTRS members who retired from agencies in Los Angeles County collected pensions of $100,000 or more — an 82 percent increase from 2012.

The top 3 Los Angeles CalSTRS pensions went to:

  1. Virginia Shattuck, Norwalk-La Mirada Unified: $320,592.
  2. Donna Perez, Alhambra Unified: $300,110.
  3. James Kossler, Pasadena Area Community College: $299,432.

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 10 agencies in Los Angeles County 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

Los Angeles Unified School District

1370

63%

Los Angeles Community College District

293

97%

Long Beach Unified School District

158

105%

Los Angeles County Superintendent

130

69%

Montebello Unified School District

99

154%

Alhambra Unified School District

76

138%

Pomona Unified School District

63

70%

Arcadia Unified School District

60

100%

Mt. San Antonio Community College District

60

62%

Santa Monica Community College District

59

97%

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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