New CalSTRS data: San Diego’s ‘$100K club’ up 90% over past five years

The number of retired San Diego County 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, 858 CalSTRS members who retired from agencies in San Diego County collected pensions of $100,000 or more — a 90 percent increase from 2012.

The top 3 San Diego County CalSTRS pensions went to:

  1. Rudy Castruita, San Diego County Office of Education: $288,945.
  2. Larry Perondi, Oceanside Unified: $278,015.
  3. Kenneth Noonan, Oceanside Unified: $274,248.

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 San Diego County 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

San Diego Unified School District

142

129%

Sweetwater Union High

84

62%

San Diego Community College District

60

107%

Palomar Community College District

48

100%

San Diego County Office Of Education

47

68%

Miracosta Community College District

41

17%

Poway Unified School District

40

167%

Grossmont Union High

39

56%

San Dieguito Union High

37

118%

Southwestern Community College District

35

75%

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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