The UC released its 2011 payroll report Thursday, showing that while payroll increased from 2010, UC employee compensation lagged below market levels.
Systemwide payroll increased from roughly $10 billion in 2010 to $10.6 billion in 2011. This increase was attributed to a “combination of factors, including restoration of furlough reductions, increased research activity and market pressures for more competitive compensation,” according to the summary of the report.
The summary also states that compensation for many UC employees is significantly below the market level.
“With the exception of contractual obligations to union-represented employees, salary increases were either eliminated or sharply curtailed from 2008 through 2010-11,” reads the summary.
A press release regarding the report sent by the UC Office of the President Thursday states that the percentage of UC compensation funded by the state and student educational fees has continued to decline to less than 26 percent in 2011, down one percentage point from 2010.
UC spokesperson Dianne Klein said the lower rates of compensation are due to diminishing state support.
“While we understand that we’re in a recession, you really can’t consistently underpay employees before they leave,” Klein said. “Competitors have been able to provide raises, especially at privates.”
The greatest source of funding, at 36 percent, was from clinical revenue and other sources associated with UC teaching hospitals and medical and dental facilities.
About 40 percent of the total payroll goes to academic employees, such as teaching faculty and lecturers, while roughly 60 percent goes to nonacademic employees, such as those who work in student services and patient care, according to the report.
The 10 top-earning UC employees in 2011, based on total pay, were health sciences faculty members and athletic coaches, according to the press release.
The highest paid UC employee in 2011 was UC Berkeley football head coach Jeff Tedford, who earned $2,884,880 in gross pay.
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