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Statewide Average Salaries
and Expenditure Percentages: 2011–12

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: 2011–12

Elementary School Districts

Statewide Averages

Small
ADA <1,000

Medium
ADA 1,000 to 4,999

Large
ADA >5,000

Beginning Teacher Annual Salary     $38,719     $41,327     $41,451
Midrange Teacher Annual Salary    $55,637     $63,903     $67,655
Highest Teacher Annual Salary    $70,797    $81,573    $85,989
School-Site Principal Annual Salary (Elementary)    $90,284   $103,887   $108,589
School-Site Principal Annual Salary (Middle)     $94,675   $107,439   $111,643
School-Site Principal Annual Salary (High)     $85,183   $102,399   $110,257
District Superintendent Annual Salary   $104,272   $155,551   $182,548
Percentage Allocated for Administrative Salaries 6.54% 6.18% 5.47%
Percentage Allocated for Teacher Salaries 35.47% 40.74% 41.84%

 

High School Districts

Statewide Averages

Small
ADA <1,000

Medium
ADA 1,000 to 4,999

Large
ADA >5,000

Beginning Teacher Annual Salary     $40,471    $41,956    $42,865
Midrange Teacher Annual Salary     $59,516     $66,299     $69,484
Highest Teacher Annual Salary     $78,074     $85,517     $89,290
School-Site Principal Annual Salary (Middle)   $100,642 N/A   $119,946
School-Site Principal Annual Salary (High)   $105,256   $118,994   $128,378
District Superintendent Annual Salary   $136,224   $156,140   $202,664
Percentage Allocated for Administrative Salaries 5.48% 5.96% 4.94%
Percentage Allocated for Teacher Salaries 29.68% 35.53% 36.79%
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     $38,390     $38,578     $40,928     $40,933     $41,462
Midrange Teacher Annual Salary     $55,793     $59,799    $64,449     $65,087     $66,133
Highest Teacher Annual Salary     $72,306     $78,044     $82,826     $84,436     $85,735
School-Site Principal Annual Salary (Elementary)     $88,846     $95,442   $102,640   $106,715   $107,206
School-Site Principal Annual Salary (Middle)     $92,801     $98,080   $109,253   $111,205   $111,641
School-Site Principal Annual Salary (High)     $95,916   $106,787   $118,527   $120,506   $122,628
District Superintendent Annual Salary   $116,026   $150,595   $183,968   $207,812   $225,176
Percentage Allocated for Administrative Salaries 6.64% 5.93% 5.80% 5.10% 5.08%
Percentage Allocated for Teacher Salaries 34.00% 37.14% 39.74% 39.80% 38.26%
Average Salaries of Public School Teachers: 2011–12
2009–10 Rank 2010-11 Rank 2011-12 Rank State Average Annual Salary
1
1
1
NEW YORK $73,398
2
2
2
MASSACHUSETTS $71,721
3
3
3
CONNECTICUT $69,465
6
6
4
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA $68,720*
4
4
5
CALIFORNIA $68,531
5
5
6
NEW JERSEY $67,078
7
8
7
MARYLAND $63,634
10
9
8
ALASKA $62,425
11
11
9
RHODE ISLAND $62,186*
12
12
10
PENNSYLVANIA $61,934
8
10
11
MICHIGAN $61,560
13
13
12
DELAWARE $58,800*
9
7
13
ILLINOIS $57,636
16
15
14
OREGON $57,348
15
16
15
WYOMING $57,222
14
14
16
OHIO $56,715
20
19
17
MINNESOTA $54,959*
21
20
18
NEVADA $54,559*
22
23
19
NEW HAMPSHIRE $54,177*
17
17
20
HAWAII $54,070
23
18
21
WISCONSIN $53,792
18
22
22
GEORGIA $52,938
19
21
23
WASHINGTON $52,232
28
25
24
VERMONT $51,306*
24
24
25
INDIANA $50,516
25
26
26
IOWA $50,240
29
28
27
LOUISIANA $50,179*
26
29
28
KENTUCKY $49,730
27
27
29
COLORADO $49,049
31
32
30
VIRGINIA $48,703*
34
33
31
ARIZONA $48,691*
39
34
32
IDAHO $48,551*
44
37
33
MONTANA $48,546*
30
30
34
TEXAS $48,373
38
39
35
UTAH $48,159*
41
35
36
NEBRASKA $48,154
32
31
37
ALABAMA $48,003
33
38
38
SOUTH CAROLINA $47,428
42
36
39
MAINE $47,338
45
44
40
TENNESSEE $47,082
37
42
41
KANSAS $46,718
36
45
42
FLORIDA $46,479
46
46
43
MISSOURI $46,406*
43
43
44
ARKANSAS $46,314
49
47
45
NORTH DAKOTA $46,058
35
41
46
NORTH CAROLINA $45,947
40
40
47
NEW MEXICO $45,622
47
49
48
WEST VIRGINIA $45,320*
48
48
49
OKLAHOMA $44,391
50
50
50
MISSISSIPPI $41,646*
51
51
51
SOUTH DAKOTA $38,804
N/A
N/A
N/A
United States $55,418*

Source: National Education Association (NEA) Research, Rankings and Estimates 2010, 2011 and 2012 (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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