I spend a lot of time on the California Teachers Association not only because I live in California, but because the union’s influence over state government is unmatched anywhere else in the nation. Note that CTA’s annual revenues are almost half of that collected by NEA national, despite having 1/10th the members.
Total membership – 307,451, down 5,611
Total revenue – $183.2 million (94% came from member dues), down $2.6 million
Budget surplus – $3.4 million
Net assets – $141.2 million
Total staff – 535
Staff salaries and benefits – $84.5 million
Highest paid employee – Carolyn Doggett, executive director, $217,180 base salary
Highest paid contractor – Schwartz, Steinsapir, Dohrmann & Sommers – $1.1 million
I need to add a few further details on CTA’s highest paid employees, since things like deferred income, cashed-out sick leave and vacation, and taxable allowances all play into pay rankings from year-to-year. Take a look at this page from CTA’s IRS filings.
James Thrasher was an assistant executive director at CTA before (presumably) retiring. While we have no breakdown of what “other compensation” entails, it makes sense to deduce this is an accumulation of unused sick leave and vacation time over a period of many years, plus whatever taxable allowances CTA provides its senior staff. The next column is deferred compensation, which is salary earned in previous years. So Thrasher came away with more than $500,000. That’s worth noting, but it doesn’t mean he was the highest paid employee, or that he received a pay raise from the previous year.
Often the money doesn’t stop there. David Sanchez, who left office as CTA president in 2011, received $226,034 in total compensation in 2012-13.