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Compare Teacher Salaries in Los Altos and Nearby

A new online tool shows the average teacher salary in most California school districts. Patch has published Los Altos, Cupertino, Mountain View and Palo Alto.


Debating if public school teachers are over- or under-paid is a hot topic whenever cuts to education funding loom or student test scores are released.

Statewide, the average teacher salary declined slightly during the 2011-12 academic year to $68,531, the Bakersfield Californian reported.

A new online comparison tool lets the public compare average teacher salaries by school district, revealing that Palo Alto teachers are far above the average teacher pay in California.

Overall, Santa Clara County educators are on-par with the state average.

But the California Teachers Association doesn't put much stock in the comparison tool. Teacher salary scales are configured with formulas that take into account years of experience and education level, but many young and early-career teachers have been laid off due to budget cuts in recent years.

The state acknowledges in the tables that any two districts with identical salary schedules could have different average salaries, depending on their teachers' years of experience and education.

Teacher Salaries 2011-12
School District Average Pay Student Enrollment Cupertino USD $72,252 18,650 Fremont Union HS District
$75,518 10,535 Los Altos SD
$73,497 4,486 Mountain View-Whisman SD
$66,253 4,969 Mountain View-Los Altos Union HS
$101,293 3,652 Palo Alto USD
$85,721 12,205 Santa Clara Co. Office of Education $76,362 6,789 Source: Ed-Data

California public school teachers make 16.1 percent less than other college graduates, according to the California Teachers Association. The disparity increases for those with master's degrees.

How much do you think teachers should be paid in Los Altos-area schools? Tell us in the comment section below.

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Barbara Goodrich February 08, 2013 at 03:10 PM
Questions for Jennifer Squires: Are the salaries listed for a 9 month school year? Are benefits included in the "average pay" calculation? If not, can you please advise what the value of average benefits would add to the average pay amount?
Los Altos resident February 08, 2013 at 04:43 PM
The San Jose Mercury News has an online database that lists the salaries of individual teachers, and other school administrators as well. The data is a little old (from 2011, I believe), but it's informative. http://www.mercurynews.com/salaries/bay-area Do a search for: County: Santa Clara Type: School Entity: Los Altos School District (or whatever school district you're interested in)
LR February 08, 2013 at 05:21 PM
That's an excellent link, LA Resident! It's great to see that our excellent teachers are well paid and on par with neighboring PAUSD (if you weight their K-12 with LASDs K-8 & MV-LA High 9-12, the salaries are comparable, if not slightly better per student). It's very interesting to note that LASDs (9 schools) superintendent's base pay ($180,000) is significantly less that the single charter school equivalent ($250,000)!?
Doug Smith, LASD Trustee February 08, 2013 at 07:07 PM
As an observation- it would be good to see the salaries of all charter school teachers as well. The theory behind the charter movement is that there "might" be a better way to run schools. In order for us to evaluate the experiment, we need transparency to the data. I did a cursory check of this database, and was unable to locate charter school teachers in the DB.
Heather Rose February 08, 2013 at 09:03 PM
The Public Employee Database has no listings for any charter school employees. Ed-Data has information for Charter Schools. Doug, you can find the 2011 information for Bullis Charter School here: https://www.ed-data.k12.ca.us/App_Resx/EdDataClassic/fsTwoPanel.aspx?#!bottom=/_layouts/EdDataClassic/profile.asp?tab=0&level=07&ReportNumber=16&County=43&fyr=1112&District=10439&School=0106534
Jeff F February 09, 2013 at 12:13 AM
Heather, the Ed-Data site does not have salary information for BCS. At best it has district wide averages for LASD. Maybe you can point us in the right direction? I agree with Doug it would be very informative to see a BCS salary breakdown now knowing Wanny's salary to make a better apples to apples comparison. Are the other BCS employees better compensated than LASD, better/worse benefits, average tenure?
L.A. Chung (Editor) February 09, 2013 at 04:15 AM
@Barbara Goodrich: The salary data had several tables. You can navigate to them by going to www.ed-data.k12.ca.us, and navigate to Teacher Salaries. You can find that link either on the horizontal navigation bar in the middle that says "Other Content" (next to a photo of several pencils), or at the bottom horizontal nav bar that says "What's New" (the red box)
PI buzz March 29, 2013 at 05:55 PM
Nationwide directory of public employee salary and name databases: http://pibuzz.com/government-employees/

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