Here are the 5 highest-paid UC Berkeley employees last year

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UC Berkeley’s former basketball and football coaches were paid the highest salaries within UC Berkeley in 2016, according to the university’s annual payroll data released Friday afternoon.

Cuonzo Martin resigned as head basketball coach in March 2017, and Sonny Dykes was fired from his position as head football coach in January 2017. Martin’s regular pay in both 2015 and 2016 was $250,000, while Dykes’ regular pay increased from $250,000 in 2015 to $341,667 in 2016.

In addition to their annual salaries, Martin and Dykes were also awarded “other pay,” which can include “performance-based incentive compensation” and “payout of unused vacation leave,” according to the report. Martin’s other pay increased from about $1.6 million in 2015 to about $2.7 million in 2016. Dykes’s other pay increased from about $1.8 million in 2015 to about $2.5 million in 2016. As a result, Martin’s overall gross pay in 2016 was about $2.9 million, which is higher than Dykes’ gross pay of about $2.8 million in 2016.

Mike Williams, Cal athletics director, was the third-highest-paid UC Berkeley employee in 2016, with a gross pay of $707,900. Williams is scheduled to step down from his position in May 2018. UC Berkeley Haas School of Business Professor Toby Stuart was the fourth highest paid employee, with a gross pay of $636,026. Lindsay Gottlieb, head coach of Cal women’s basketball team, was the fifth highest paid employee, with a gross pay of $617,900.

According to the UC Report on 2016 Employee Pay, the university’s total payroll increased by about 7 percent over 2015, growing to $14.2 billion. The report attributed the payroll increase in part to the 5 percent increase in UC student enrollment between fall 2015 and fall 2016.

Former chancellor Nicholas Dirks’ gross pay was $562,243. Dirks is set to go on paid leave for the next academic year, during which he will receive $434,000.

Former Berkeley Law dean Sujit Choudhry, who was sued by his former secretary Tyann Sorrell for sexual harassment in 2016, was paid $336,664, including $25,759 in other pay. Choudhry will remain a tenured Berkeley Law faculty member in good standing and go away on unpaid sabbatical until he resigns May 31, 2018, as part of Choudhry’s settlement with the UC Regents.

Within the UC Office of the President, UC President Janet Napolitano was the third-highest-paid employee in 2016, with a gross pay of $578,916. Jagdeep Bachher, chief investment officer and vice president of investments, was the highest-paid UCOP employee, with a gross pay of about $1.3 million. Executive Vice President of UC Health John Stobo was the second-highest-paid UCOP employee, with a gross pay of $767,300.

Ten Highest-Paid Employees by UC Berkeley and their gross pay:

  • Cuonzo Martin, former head coach of Cal men’s basketball — $2,933,098
  • Sonny Dykes, former head coach of Cal football — $2,891,233
  • Mike Williams, Cal athletic director — $707,900
  • Toby Stuart, professor at UC Berkeley Haas School of Business — $636,026
  • Lindsay Gottlieb, head coach of Cal women’s basketball — $617,900
  • Art Kaufman, former defensive coordinator of Cal football — $573,333
  • Nicholas Dirks, former chancellor of UC Berkeley — $562,243
  • Daniel Farber, professor at UC Berkeley School of Law — $511,030
  • Shachar Kariv, professor of economics — $496,200
  • Andrew Rose, professor at UC Berkeley Haas School of Business — $485,870

Contact Chantelle Lee, Harini Shyamsundar, Ashley Wong and Malini Ramaiyer at [email protected].

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  • Nunya Beeswax

    That’s an awful lot of “former”s. And about $7.5 million to IA employees alone. I know, I know, football is a big income generator; but how much of that income is going straight into the pockets of 5 people, 3 of whom are no longer in their positions?

  • Debra Sarver

    This, my friends at UC, is why your solicitations go straight into the recycling.

  • rychastings

    sonny dykes is a waste of taxpayer money

    • Nunya Beeswax

      B-b-but…ALUMNI DONATIONS!!!1!!11!!!!

  • Curtis Jones

    And they (UC Admin) wonder why we talk bad about them.