Santa Clara’s average pension dropped to $72,210 from $77,696 in 2016, according to CalPERS data compiled by Transparent California*.
However, the number of pensions over $100,000 has tripled to 226 in 2016 from 75 in 2015. The number of pensions topping $200,000 grew to 7 in 2016, from 3 in 2015.
The median per capita income in Santa Clara is $43,000, according to 2015 numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Santa Clara, though, has yet to join CalPERS over-250K pension club, which currently has 31 members, or the over-300K club, which has six members.
Topping the 300K-plus pension list is a former Solano County employee, whose job title isn’t given in the CalPERS data. Solano’s County’s 2015 per capita income was $29,185.
Second and sixth place are taken by Los Angeles County Sanitation District No. 2 employees, with pensions of $345,417 and $303,423. In third place is a former UCLA employee at $345,180. Fifth place is taken by a retired Sacramento State president, with a $323,661 pension.
Public employees do not receive Social Security benefits unless they have worked for private businesses, and then only based on their earnings in the private sector.
*Transparent California is operated by the Nevada Policy Research Institute, and describes itself as a “non-partisan … think tank that promotes policy ideas consistent with the principles of limited government, individual liberty and free markets.”