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

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



Saddleback Valley Unified School District



Santa Ana Unified School District



Coast Community College District



Capistrano Unified School District



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

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