The average teacher salary last year was $67,932, an increase of 1.4 percent from 2009, according to new state figures. The average superintendent salary last year was $158,622, an increase of 0.6 percent from 2009. Much of the increase in average teacher pay was related to districts laying off thousands of less-experienced, lower-paid teachers. Combined teacher payroll for all districts fell by about $600 million, or 3 percent. Teacher pay varies widely by district.
Updated and relaunched on 1/31/10 ...
Districts with the highest average teacher salaries, 2010
Districts with the highest superintendent salaries, 2010
Notes: Average teacher salaries are often a reflection of three things: An area's cost of living, how much the district is willing to pay and the number of experienced teachers the district employs. After getting your results, click "details" to see all the numbers in context, including information about teacher experience for each district. "FTE" stands for full time equivalent.
Roughly 15 percent of districts -- most of them very small -- did not report 2010 teacher pay data to the state. A list of these districts and, if available, data from prior years,can be found here.
Source: 2009-10 Certificated Salary Data, California Department of Education