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Statewide Average Salaries
and Expenditure Percentages: 2013–14

The State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI) is required by California Education Code (EC) Section 41409(c) to provide annually to each school district, for use in the School Accountability Report Card (SARC), the statewide salary averages for teachers and administrators and the statewide percentage of expenditures spent on personnel in the following categories:

  1. Beginning, midrange, and highest salary paid to teachers
  2. Salaries of school-site principals
  3. Salaries of district superintendents
  4. Percentage of expenditures allocated to teacher salaries
  5. Percentage of expenditures allocated to administrative personnel salaries

Existing law also requires the SSPI to group the statewide salary averages and percentage of expenditures by district type (elementary, high, and unified) and by size based on regular annual average daily attendance.

Every school district, except for kindergarten through grade twelve districts with a single school, must include in its SARC (EC Section 41409.3) the statewide averages and expenditure percentages provided by the SSPI along with the district’s salaries and expenditure percentages for comparative purposes.

For more information regarding statewide average salary fiscal information, contact the Office of Financial Accountability and Information Services by phone at 916-322-1770 or by e-mail at sacsinfo@cde.ca.gov. Questions concerning program information should be directed to the Policy and Evaluation Division by phone at 916-319-0875 or by e-mail at sarc@cde.ca.gov. Additional information is also available on the California Department of Education SARC Web page.

 

Statewide Average Salaries and Expenditure Percentages for the School Accountability Report Card: 2013–14

ADA = Average Daily Attendance

Elementary School Districts

Statewide Averages

Small
ADA <1,000

Medium
ADA 1,000 to 4,999

Large
ADA >5,000

Beginning Teacher Annual Salary     $39,948     $42,723     $43,091
Midrange Teacher Annual Salary    $57,401     $65,936     $70,247
Highest Teacher Annual Salary    $73,183    $84,545    $89,152
School-Site Principal Annual Salary (Elementary)    $94,578   $106,864   $112,492
School-Site Principal Annual Salary (Middle)     $97,400   $110,494   $116,021
School-Site Principal Annual Salary (High) N/A   $103,499   $117,511
District Superintendent Annual Salary   $112,657   $159,133   $192,072
Percentage Allocated for Administrative Salaries 6.90% 6.18% 5.57%
Percentage Allocated for Teacher Salaries 35.03% 39.91% 41.24%

High School Districts

Statewide Averages

Small
ADA <1,000

Medium
ADA 1,000 to 3,999

Large
ADA >4,000

Beginning Teacher Annual Salary     $42,003    $43,455    $44,363
Midrange Teacher Annual Salary     $60,808     $69,035     $71,768
Highest Teacher Annual Salary     $81,488     $89,886     $92,368
School-Site Principal Annual Salary (Middle)   $103,661 N/A   $121,276
School-Site Principal Annual Salary (High)   $106,270   $121,551   $133,673
District Superintendent Annual Salary   $125,241   $158,898   $210,998
Percentage Allocated for Administrative Salaries 5.09% 5.81% 4.93%
Percentage Allocated for Teacher Salaries 28.65% 34.99% 36.44%

Unified School Districts



Statewide Averages


ADA
<1,500

ADA
1,500
to 4,999

ADA
5,000
to 9,999

ADA
10,000
to 19,999


ADA
>20,000

Beginning Teacher Annual Salary     $38,953     $40,379     $42,315     $43,062     $43,165
Midrange Teacher Annual Salary     $57,103     $62,323    $66,451     $67,927     $68,574
Highest Teacher Annual Salary     $74,127     $81,127     $85,603     $87,811     $89,146
School-Site Principal Annual Salary (Elementary)     $90,225     $99,192   $105,079   $110,136   $111,129
School-Site Principal Annual Salary (Middle)     $98,146     $91,287   $111,005   $115,946   $116,569
School-Site Principal Annual Salary (High)     $97,758   $112,088   $121,310   $124,865   $127,448
District Superintendent Annual Salary   $117,803   $159,821   $189,899   $211,869   $234,382
Percentage Allocated for Administrative Salaries 6.65% 5.93% 5.73% 5.25% 5.21%
Percentage Allocated for Teacher Salaries 34.03% 35.90% 39.14% 38.99% 37.84%


Average Salaries of Public School Teachers: 2013–14

* NEA estimate

2011–12 Rank 2012–13 Rank 2013–14 Rank State Average Annual Salary
1
1
1
NEW YORK $76,409
2
2
2
MASSACHUSETTS $73,195
4
3
3
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA $73,162*
5 4 4 CALIFORNIA $ 71,396
3
5
5
CONNECTICUT $70,583
6
6
6
NEW JERSEY $68,238
8
7
7
ALASKA $65,891
9
9
8 RHODE ISLAND $64,696*
7
8
9
MARYLAND $64,546
10
10
10
PENNSYLVANIA $63,701
11
11
11
MICHIGAN $62,166
13
13
12 ILLINOIS $60,124*
12
12
13
DELAWARE $59,305
14
14
14
OREGON $58,638
19
19
15 NEW HAMPSHIRE $57,057*
15
15
16
WYOMING $56,583
20
20
17 HAWAII $56,291
24 22 18 VERMONT $55,958
16
16
19
OHIO $55,913
18
18
20
NEVADA $55,813
17
17
21 MINNESOTA $54,752
21
21
22
WISCONSIN $53,679
23
24
23
WASHINGTON $52,969
22 23 24 GEORGIA $52,924
26
26
25
IOWA $52,032
28
27
26
KENTUCKY $50,560
25
28
27
INDIANA $50,289
37 31 28 MONTANA $49,893*
35 30 29 VIRGINIA $49,826*
32 33 30 TEXAS $49,690
29 29 31 COLORADO $49,615
34 32 32 NEBRASKA $49,539
39 34 33 MAINE $49,232
27
25
34
LOUISIANA $49,067
36 36 35 ALABAMA $48,720
45
40 36 NORTH DAKOTA $48,666*
38 35 37 SOUTH CAROLINA $48,430
41
39
38
KANSAS $48,221*
42
42
39
FLORIDA $47,780
40 37 40 TENNESSEE $47,742
44
41 41 ARKANSAS $47,319
43 38 42 MISSOURI $46,750
47
45
43
NEW MEXICO $45,727
33
44
44
UTAH $45,695
30
47
45
ARIZONA $45,335*
48
45
46
WEST VIRGINIA $45,086
46
43
47
NORTH CAROLINA $44,990
49
49
48
OKLAHOMA $44,549
31
48
49
IDAHO $44,465
50
50
50
MISSISSIPPI $42,187*
51
51
51
SOUTH DAKOTA $40,023
N/A
N/A N/A United States $56,610*

Source: National Education Association (NEA) Research, Rankings and Estimates 2012, 2013, and 2014 (tables C–9 and C–11)

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Last Reviewed: Friday, January 22, 2016
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