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Statewide Average Salaries
and Expenditure Percentages: 2015–16

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: 2015–16

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 $42,598 $47,034 $48,678
Midrange Teacher Annual Salary $62,232 $73,126 $78,254
Highest Teacher Annual Salary $80,964 $91,838 $96,372
School-Site Principal Annual Salary (Elementary) $102,366 $116,119 $122,364
School-Site Principal Annual Salary (Middle) $104,982 $119,610 $125,958
School-Site Principal Annual Salary (High) N/A $115,194 $126,758
District Superintendent Annual Salary $117,868 $178,388 $212,818
Percentage Allocated for Administrative Salaries 6.61% 5.97% 5.36%
Percentage Allocated for Teacher Salaries 32.28% 36.80% 37.53%
High School Districts
Statewide Averages Small
ADA <1,000
Medium
ADA 1,000 to 3,999
Large
ADA ≥4,000
Beginning Teacher Annual Salary $45,374 $46,060 $50,221
Midrange Teacher Annual Salary $67,188 $70,769 $83,072
Highest Teacher Annual Salary $91,637 $98,039 $104,882
School-Site Principal Annual Salary (Middle) $107,289 N/A $128,094
School-Site Principal Annual Salary (High) $123,947 $127,576 $146,114
District Superintendent Annual Salary $132,751 $170,379 $226,121
Percentage Allocated for Administrative Salaries 5.72% 5.76% 4.78%
Percentage Allocated for Teacher Salaries 28.29% 33.09% 34.13%
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 $41,164 $44,144 $46,511 $48,522 $47,808
Midrange Teacher Annual Salary $61,818 $69,119 $73,293 $75,065 $73,555
Highest Teacher Annual Salary $84,567 $86,005 $92,082 $94,688 $95,850
School-Site Principal Annual Salary (Elementary) $96,125 $106,785 $113,263 $119,876 $120,448
School-Site Principal Annual Salary (Middle) $103,336 $111,569 $120,172 $126,749 $125,592
School-Site Principal Annual Salary (High) $101,955 $121,395 $131,203 $135,830 $138,175
District Superintendent Annual Salary $126,855 $178,104 $213,732 $232,390 $264,457
Percentage Allocated for Administrative Salaries 6.42% 5.89% 5.48% 5.24% 5.16%
Percentage Allocated for Teacher Salaries 31.72% 33.54% 35.92% 36.57% 35.24%

The average salary of public school teachers in 201516 for the State of California was $77,179.

According to Table C-5 of the National Education Association’s (NEA) Rankings & Estimates: Rankings of the States 2016 and Estimates of School Statistics 2017 report, California’s 201516 average teacher salary ranked second highest in comparison to all other states. To download and view NEA's full report, please visit NEA's Web site External link opens in new window or tab..

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Last Reviewed: Tuesday, November 14, 2017
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