California teachers saw a modest pay bump in 2017, with average teacher pay approaching $80,000, new state figures show.
The average teacher salary in 2017 was $79,128, up 2.5 percent from 2016, according to the data.
Staffing also grew modestly, rising by about 1,200, or 0.4 percent, from 2016 to 2017.
Among other findings: The average superintendent salary in 2017, excluding part-timers, was roughly $194,500, up 4 percent from 2016. That figure reflects base pay and does not include the stipends and bonuses incorporated into many school chiefs' contracts.
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The data also show that teacher pay continues to vary widely by district. Seven Bay Area school districts paid their teachers, on average, more than $100,000 in 2017. Another 15 districts in rural areas paid their teachers an average salary that fell below $45,000 annually. The disparities in pay reflect, at least in part, the wide variations in housing expenses and community affluence in different regions of California.
Updated with 2017 school year data on 12/20/2016 ...
Note: Roughly 19 percent of districts -- most of them very small -- did not report 2017 teacher pay data to the state. Districts that reported salaries educate about 99 percent of students in California.