Data: CalPERS paid over $20 billion in pension benefits to retirees in 2016

Posted at 12:31 PM, Aug 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-09 15:31:17-04

Over $20 billion in pension benefits were paid out to California retirees last year, with 22,826 retirees earning pensions of over $100,000, according to California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) data.

The CalPERS data, released on the website, shows a 63 percent increase in retirees getting pensions worth $100,000 or more.

According to the data, the top 3 CalPERS pensions went to:

1. Former Solano County administrator Michael Johnson: $390,485
2. Former Los Angeles County Sanitation District GM Stephen Maguin: $345,417
3. Former UCLA professor Joaquin Fuster: $345,180

The top 3 CalPERS pension earners in San Diego County were:

1. Former SDSU special consultant Robert C. Detweiler: $208,720
2. Former UC San Diego employee Louise B. Keeling: $196,172
3. Former SDSU administrator Ethan A. Singer: $192,452

Santa Clara County had the most retirees earning pensions of $100,000 or more from CalPERS in 2016 with 861.

According to TransparentCalifornia, state residents will spend over $30 billion on pension costs in the coming year.

Click here to view TransparentCalifornia's complete breakdown of the 2016 CalPERS data