New CalSTRS data shows Orange County’s ‘$100,000 Pension Club’ grew 97% over past five years

CalSTRSThe number of retired Orange County educators collecting pensions of $100,000 or more from the California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS) has nearly doubled since 2012, according to just-released pension payout data from TransparentCalifornia.com.

Last year, 1,989 CalSTRS members who retired from agencies in Orange County collected pensions of $100,000 or more — a 97 percent increase from 2012.

Remarkably, the three largest CalSTRS pensions statewide all went to Orange County retirees:

  1. William Habermehl, Orange County Office of Education: $369,831.
  2. Richard Bray, Tustin Unified School District: $326,882.
  3. Edward Hernandez, Rancho Santiago Community College District: $324,287.

Statewide, 13,527 CalSTRS retirees collected pensions of at least $100,000 last year, which marks an 87 percent increase from 2012, according to the data.

The chart below displays the Orange County school districts with the most $100,000 or greater CalSTRS pensions, as well as the percentage increase that has occurred since 2012:

School District

# of $100K+ CalSTRS Pensions

% Increase from 2012

Garden Grove Unified School District

178

114%

Saddleback Valley Unified School District

141

127%

Santa Ana Unified School District

136

139%

Coast Community College District

129

70%

Capistrano Unified School District

103

129%

To view the entire CalSTRS dataset in a searchable and downloadable format, please click here.

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