Compare Teacher Salaries in Los Gatos

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

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 Los Gatos 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.

Teacher Salaries School District Average Pay Student Enrollment Campbell USD $69,592 7,683 Campbell High School District $69,117 7,408 Lakeside Joint SD $75,905 88 Los Gatos Union Elementary $74,666 3,106 Los Gatos-Saratoga Union High $92,414 3,246 Loma Prieta Elementary SD $69,767 445 Moreland Elementary SD $69,874 4,402 Saratoga Elementary SD $82,288 2,109 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 Gatos? Tell us in the comment section below.

Laura February 10, 2013 at 11:45 PM
Is this the reason Los Gatos Elementary has started the parcel tax campaign already? I got a flyer last week saying they need another parcel tax, on top of Prop 30 and our property taxes.
Philip S Levine February 11, 2013 at 02:26 AM
Good teachers do deserved to be well paid but I wouldn't drink the CTA Kool Aid just yet: 1. Young teachers are layed off because the more experienced have tenure. First in Last out for the most part with NO relationship to performance.( And I'm not talking about Test Scores Only!) Not in Los Gatos but it took over 2 years to get rid of the teacher that was kicking her Kindergarten Student in the very recent publicized case. Shame on the CTA for creating an atmosphere that makes it so difficult to get rid of even the worst teachers. 2. Teachers have a level of security after tenure that few professions have anymore. Remember those average salaries are for those that are employed! Generally the less security in a job the more one tends to be paid. The CTA wants total security, no measurement of performance AND high pay. 3. While good teachers do work hard like most professionals they do have many more months off - ratio up the months off to the salary and combine it with job security that is not correlated with performance + one has to wonder about those CTA tears....
LGCRC Coffee drinker February 11, 2013 at 06:54 AM
GarbageMEN are making 75k a year and they dont even step out of their truck. (they are all men!!!) Teachers should be making a lot more even with 3 months off. (Most are women) Where is the social justice??? Our kids can't read, but at least we have really good garbage service!!! Where is the OUTRAGE!!!!!!
Gail Thomson February 12, 2013 at 05:52 PM
Laura, the parcel tax campaign is simply renewing the one that has been in place for many years. They're not asking for an additional parcel tax. Prop 30 didn't bring additional funds to the district to replace anything that's currently in place. It simply stopped them from cutting another $1million+ from the district's budget through trigger cuts.
Kim Stewart January 12, 2014 at 03:49 PM
As a former student of LGHS and a chemistry teacher for the Tracy Unified School District for the last 13 years, I am glad these teachers are making what they do and that it appears the majority of their benefits are covered. This, however, is NOT the norm, just take a look at the TUSD website and you will see. Our average salary is less than that in Santa Clara County and our portion of the paid benefits is MUCH higher. What I found interesting is our superintendent makes more than the superintendent for Los Gatos Saratoga High School District.....


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