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Comparing the Salaries of Peninsula Teachers

A new online tool shows the average teacher salary in most California school districts.

Debating whether public school teachers are overpaid or underpaid 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 Peninsula teachers are slightly above the average teacher pay in California.

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

Las Lomitas School District - which covers Menlo Park, Atherton and Ladera - pays its teachers the most in San Mateo County. South San Francisco teachers are paid the least.

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.

Teacher Salaries 2011-12
School District Average Pay Student Enrollment Belmont-Redwood Shores Elementary SD
$71,502
3,380 Burlingame School District $65,336 2,901 Hillsbourgh City School District $86,994 1,525 Las Lomitas Elementary SD
$92,494 1,363
Menlo Park City SD
$90,271 2,719 Millbrae Elementary School District $64,168 2,322 Redwood City Elementary SD $70,965 9,273 San Bruno Park Elementary SD $65,713 2,626 San Carlos Elementary SD $68,379 3,297 San Mateo-Foster City Elementary SD $65,720 11,204 San Mateo Union High School District $83,384 8,247 Sequoia Union High School District $81,674 8,947 South San Francisco Unified District $61,639 9,348 Woodside Elementary SD $88,406 446 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.

What do you think of how much Redwood City and Woodside teachers are paid? How about what other teachers across the County are paid? Tell us in the comments below.

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Claudio Alberto Ortega February 08, 2013 at 03:43 PM
Is very hard to live in the bay area with that salary. The community does not value teachers at the level they should be.
Sharon Levin February 08, 2013 at 05:02 PM
Very true, plus having such differing salaries can be a huge disadvantage for poorer districts. I remember Kennedy lost some great experienced teachers to Las Lomitas because they had a huge pay raise immediately and also pensions are based on salary before retirement, so it makes sense for more experienced teachers to move to the highest paying district.
sonia February 08, 2013 at 05:59 PM
So much disparity in such an affluent area! Look at the number of kids in the district vs the $$$'s paid to teachers. It's very unfortunate. Need to unify all districts instead of "Union High School" & "Redwood City Elementary School District" our schools need to be "Unified District Schools" too many $$$'s being spent for administrators. Nothing changed since our kids were in Redwood City School District and Sequoia Union School District, same story different time.
Walt Bishop February 08, 2013 at 06:45 PM
Merely shows the various amounts attributable to the taxpayer. The value of a teacher that could be measured by something other than dollars went away a long time ago.
Robert February 08, 2013 at 07:16 PM
Community values plays into teachers salaries - Most all districts how have high teacher pay - have passed parcel (many more than one) tax in support of their schools. It took Redwood City 4 maybe 5 tries to get a small parcel one through.
Lou Covey, The Local Motive February 09, 2013 at 03:54 PM
Still, it matches the average pay in Redwood city.
Morgan Richardson February 10, 2013 at 08:49 PM
Sonia is correct. The RCSD needs to be dismembered and absorbed into a unified district. Much of the petty politics would then disappear. The current flotsam at the district office needs to be deleted. How many lawsuits have been brought against such a relatively small district? How many teachers who admitted cheating on state exams were merely placed in a different school? How many times did staff at a middle school beg for better communication devices for the large PE dept only to be ignored until a child went into cardiac arrest? How long will the good old boys club of administrators continue their game playing to the detriment of staff and learning and children? The school board needs to walk onto campuses unannounced and not guided into pre-selected classes!!
Lou Covey, The Local Motive February 10, 2013 at 08:54 PM
There's a basic misperception that putting all the school districts into a union district would reduce bureaucracy. Doesn't happen. Just creates a much larger bureaucracy and takes away local input. Your desire to do so is more based on your hope to punish people for assumed indiscretion than to actually solve a problem, though.

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