California teachers are highest-paid in the U.S.

California teachers are highest-paid in the U.S.

Teachers serving public school systems in California are the highest-paid teachers in the United States, a new survey of W-2 data revealed.

According to W-2 data, teachers in the public school systems in the Golden State received an average pay and compensation of $84,489 in 2013. The figure is 50 per cent higher than the U. S. average of teacher compensation in the same year. It is also more than three times the $27,519 average annual compensation for all adults of the country.

The aforementioned figures contradict Forbes Magazine's recent article, in which it said, "It is one of the most commonly held bits of conventional wisdom in this country: that teachers are grossly underpaid."

Non-partisan conservative public policy think-tank California Policy Center publishes the W-2 compensation data for all state as well as local public employees on its Transparent California website annually.

It may be noted here that a scandal and criminal prosecutions about secret payments to public officials in the City of Bell, including an annual payment of $787,637 to the city manager, prompted the courts earlier this year to order all entities to disclose annual compensation and benefits for all state and local public employees under the state's Public Records Act.

Montclair-Ontario Unified School District Superintendent James Hammond was last year the highest compensated education employee, with a compensation package of $492,076.92. Fresno Unified Superintendent Michael Hanson followed with a compensation check of $430,121.

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