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Statewide Average Salaries
and Expenditure Percentages: 2014–15

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: 2014–15

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     $41,085     $44,507     $44,573
Midrange Teacher Annual Salary    $59,415     $68,910     $72,868
Highest Teacher Annual Salary    $75,998    $88,330    $92,972
School-Site Principal Annual Salary (Elementary)    $100,438   $111,481   $116,229
School-Site Principal Annual Salary (Middle)     $101,868   $115,435   $119,596
School-Site Principal Annual Salary (High) N/A   $113,414   $121,883
District Superintendent Annual Salary   $116,069   $169,821   $201,784
Percentage Allocated for Administrative Salaries 6.73% 6.12% 5.50%
Percentage Allocated for Teacher Salaries 33.25% 38.55% 39.42%

High School Districts
Statewide Averages Small
ADA <1,000
Medium
ADA 1,000 to 3,999
Large
ADA >4,000
Beginning Teacher Annual Salary     $43,787    $45,265    $46,184
Midrange Teacher Annual Salary     $64,314     $72,281     $75,179
Highest Teacher Annual Salary     $85,084     $94,342     $96,169
School-Site Principal Annual Salary (Middle)   $103,661 N/A   $124,243
School-Site Principal Annual Salary (High)   $111,896   $127,317   $137,939
District Superintendent Annual Salary   $131,536   $168,625   $217,637
Percentage Allocated for Administrative Salaries 4.52% 5.91% 4.86%
Percentage Allocated for Teacher Salaries 25.77% 34.45% 35.39%

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     $40,430     $42,063     $43,821     $44,958     $45,092
Midrange Teacher Annual Salary     $58,909     $64,823    $69,131     $70,581     $71,627
Highest Teacher Annual Salary     $77,358     $84,821     $89,259     $91,469     $93,288
School-Site Principal Annual Salary (Elementary)     $94,634     $101,849   $108,566   $113,994   $115,631
School-Site Principal Annual Salary (Middle)     $97,839     $107,678   $115,375   $120,075   $120,915
School-Site Principal Annual Salary (High)     $100,453   $115,589   $125,650   $130,249   $132,029
District Superintendent Annual Salary   $123,728   $169,152   $198,772   $218,315   $249,537
Percentage Allocated for Administrative Salaries 6.45% 5.88% 5.55% 5.26% 5.25%
Percentage Allocated for Teacher Salaries 32.48% 34.66% 37.25% 38.00% 36.83%

Average Salaries of Public School Teachers: 2014–15

* NEA estimate

2012–13 Rank 2013–14 Rank 2014–15 Rank State Average Annual Salary
1
1
1 NEW YORK $77,628*
3 3 2 DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA $75,490*
2
2
3 MASSACHUSETTS $75,398
4 4 4 CALIFORNIA $ 72,535*
5
5
5 CONNECTICUT $71,709*
6
6
6 NEW JERSEY $69,038*
7
7
7 ALASKA $66,755
9
8 8 RHODE ISLAND $65,918*
8
9
9 MARYLAND $65,477
10
10
10 PENNSYLVANIA $64,447
11
11
11 MICHIGAN $63,856
13
12 12 ILLINOIS $61,083*
14 14 13 OREGON $59,811
12
13
14 DELAWARE $59,195
19
15 15 NEW HAMPSHIRE $58,554*
22 18 16 VERMONT $57,642*
15
16
17 WYOMING $57,414
20
17 18 HAWAII $57,189*
18 20 19 NEVADA $56,703*
17 21 20 MINNESOTA $56,670
16
19
21 OHIO $56,172*
21
22
22 WISCONSIN $54,535*
26 25 23 IOWA $53,408
23 24 24 GEORGIA $53,382
24
23
25 WASHINGTON $52,502
27
26
26 KENTUCKY $51,155
28
27
27 INDIANA $50,877*
33 30 28 TEXAS $50,713
31 28 29 MONTANA $50,670
30 29 30 VIRGINIA $50,620*
32 32 31 NEBRASKA $50,525
40 36 32 NORTH DAKOTA $50,025*
34 33 33 MAINE $50,017*
29 31 34 COLORADO $49,828*
42 39 35 FLORIDA $48,992
39 38 36 KANSAS $48,990*
36 35 37 ALABAMA $48,611
35 37 38 SOUTH CAROLINA $48,486
37 40 39 TENNESSEE $47,979*
25 34 40 LOUISIANA $47,886
41 41 41 ARKANSAS $47,823
43 47 42 NORTH CAROLINA $47,819
38 42 43 MISSOURI $47,409
45 43 44 NEW MEXICO $46,625
44 44 45 UTAH $45,848*
45 46 46 WEST VIRGINIA $45,783
47 45 47 ARIZONA $45,406*
49 48 48 OKLAHOMA $45,317
48 49 49 IDAHO $45,218
50 50 50 MISSISSIPPI $42,564*
51 51 51 SOUTH DAKOTA $40,934
N/A N/A N/A United States $57,420*

Source: National Education Association (NEA) Research, Rankings and Estimates 2013, 2014, and 2015 (tables C–9 and C–11)

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