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Statewide Average Salaries
and Expenditure Percentages: 2012–13

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: 2012–13

Elementary School Districts

Statewide Averages

Small
ADA <1,000

Medium
ADA 1,000 to 4,999

Large
ADA >5,000

Beginning Teacher Annual Salary     $38,970     $41,535     $41,507
Midrange Teacher Annual Salary    $56,096     $64,101     $67,890
Highest Teacher Annual Salary    $71,434    $82,044    $86,174
School-Site Principal Annual Salary (Elementary)    $91,570   $104,336   $109,131
School-Site Principal Annual Salary (Middle)     $97,460   $107,911   $111,937
School-Site Principal Annual Salary (High)     $99,544   $102,488   $109,837
District Superintendent Annual Salary   $107,071   $155,309   $185,462
Percentage Allocated for Administrative Salaries 6.73% 6.16% 5.52%
Percentage Allocated for Teacher Salaries 35.52% 40.62% 41.91%

 

High School Districts

Statewide Averages

Small
ADA <1,000

Medium
ADA 1,000 to 3,999

Large
ADA >4,000

Beginning Teacher Annual Salary     $40,821    $42,325    $42,957
Midrange Teacher Annual Salary     $59,345     $66,555     $69,613
Highest Teacher Annual Salary     $77,992     $86,253     $89,407
School-Site Principal Annual Salary (Middle)   $100,642 N/A   $120,526
School-Site Principal Annual Salary (High)   $106,119   $117,349   $129,506
District Superintendent Annual Salary   $138,050   $154,891   $207,044
Percentage Allocated for Administrative Salaries 5.43% 6.08% 4.92%
Percentage Allocated for Teacher Salaries 29.62% 35.80% 36.83%
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     $38,152     $38,920     $41,243     $41,318     $41,761
Midrange Teacher Annual Salary     $55,573     $59,803    $64,893     $65,615     $66,895
Highest Teacher Annual Salary     $71,908     $78,096     $83,507     $84,981     $86,565
School-Site Principal Annual Salary (Elementary)     $87,660     $95,836   $103,404   $107,624   $108,011
School-Site Principal Annual Salary (Middle)     $92,424     $99,849   $109,964   $112,817   $113,058
School-Site Principal Annual Salary (High)     $93,606   $107,599   $120,078   $121,455   $123,217
District Superintendent Annual Salary   $116,538   $151,912   $183,557   $206,292   $227,183
Percentage Allocated for Administrative Salaries 6.69% 5.95% 5.82% 5.24% 5.10%
Percentage Allocated for Teacher Salaries 34.17% 36.87% 39.89% 39.62% 38.15%
Average Salaries of Public School Teachers: 2012–13
2010-11 Rank 2011-12 Rank 2012-13 State Average Annual Salary
1
1
1
NEW YORK $75,279*
2
2
2
MASSACHUSETTS $72,334
6
4
3
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA $70,906*
3
3
4
CONNECTICUT $69,397
4
5
5
CALIFORNIA $69,324*
5
6
6
NEW JERSEY $68,797*
9
8
7
ALASKA $65,468
8
7
8
MARYLAND $64,248
11
9
9
RHODE ISLAND $63,474*
12
10
10
PENNSYLVANIA $62,994
10
11
11
MICHIGAN $61,560
13
12
12
DELAWARE $59,679*
7
13
13
ILLINOIS $59,113*
15
14
14
OREGON $57,612
16
15
15
WYOMING $56,775
14
16
16
OHIO $56,307
19
17
17
MINNESOTA $56,268*
20
18
18
NEVADA $55,957*
23
19
19
NEW HAMPSHIRE $55,599*
17
20
20
HAWAII $54,300
18
21
21
WISCONSIN $53,797
22
22
22
GEORGIA $52,880
25
24
23
VERMONT $52,526*
21
23
24
WASHINGTON $52,234
28
27
25
LOUISIANA $51,381*
26
26
26
IOWA $50,946
29
28
27
KENTUCKY $50,203
24
25
28
INDIANA $50,065
33
30
29
ARIZONA $49,885*
27
29
30
COLORADO $49,844*
34
31
31
IDAHO $49,734*
39
33
32
UTAH $49,393*
35
34
33
NEBRASKA $48,997
37
37
34
MONTANA $48,855
30
32
35
TEXAS $48,819
32
35
36
VIRGINIA $48,670*
36
39
37
MAINE $48,430
38
38
38
SOUTH CAROLINA $48,375
31
36
39
ALABAMA $47,949
44
40
40
TENNESSEE $47,563
46
43
41
MISSOURI $47,517*
42
41
42
KANSAS $47,464*
47
45
43
NORTH DAKOTA $47,344*
43
44
44
ARKANSAS $46,631
45
42
45
FLORIDA $46,598
41
46
46
NORTH CAROLINA $45,737
40
47
47
NEW MEXICO $45,453
49
48
47
WEST VIRGINIA $45,453
48
49
49
OKLAHOMA $44,373
50
50
50
MISSISSIPPI $41,814
51
51
51
SOUTH DAKOTA $39,018
N/A
N/A
N/A United States $56,103*

Source: National Education Association (NEA) Research, Rankings and Estimates 2011, 2012 and 2013 (tables C–9 and C–11)

* NEA estimate

ADA = Average Daily Attendance

Questions:   Financial Accountability & Information Services | sacsinfo@cde.ca.gov | 916-322-1770
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