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 Mountain View teachers earn below 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 2011-12
School District Average Pay Student Enrollment Cupertino USD $72,252 18,650 Fremont Union High School
$75,518 10,535 Los Altos SD
$73,497 4,486 Mountain View-Whisman SD
$66,253 4,969 Mountain View-Los Altos Union HS
$101,293 3,652 Palo Alto USD
$85,721 12,205 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.
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