UC releases systemwide annual payroll report

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The UC system announced the release of an annual report on employee pay and a summary of payroll information for the 2018 calendar year on Friday.

According to UC Office of the President spokesperson Elisa Smith, the report is a part of the UC’s goal to provide transparent and accountable data, and it details systemwide sources of funding and employee pay by personnel category.

“As a public institution, we understand the interest in the allocation of state and other funds at the university, which is why we feel it is important for us to be consistent and transparent in our reporting practices,” Smith said in an email.

Personnel across the UC campuses include faculty, medical practitioners and administrative staff. According to the report, personnel are compensated in accordance with “prevailing practices” in each market. In markets such as health care, compensation is normally broken down into a base salary and contingent payment based on performance.

Faculty, similarly, are paid a base-level salary, and additional pay is provided for teaching summer classes and conducting research. Staff and administrative employees usually receive base pay and are additionally compensated for overtime or taking on extra responsibilities.

The report also addressed an update released in 2014 that showed that salaries for some UC faculty members fell behind the market value by 12 percent. According to the report, the UC provided salary increases for “most employees” over the past several years but was unable to resolve the 2009 and 2014 salary lags documented.

“An inability to address below market salaries weakens UC’s ability to attract and retain high-performing faculty and staff, particularly as other institutions become more competitive and attractive,” the report reads.   

According to the report, the majority of UC employee compensation comes from clinical revenue and revenues from UC teaching hospitals. The second-largest source of funding for employee compensation, constituting about 23 percent, comes from state funds, UC general funds and tuition. About 30 percent of funding comes from sources such as the federal government, private contracts, grants, sales and services, endowments and gifts, while only 4.2 percent of employee compensation comes from other student fees, including those from professional schools, summer sessions and UC Extension.

The report shows that the UC’s payroll has increased by about 5 percent since 2017 on account of increased personnel and student body growth. The number of UC Health staff has also increased, constituting almost half of all full-time employees systemwide.

Salaries and wages account for about $15.9 billion of UC’s annual $34.1 billion in operating expenses, and an additional $5.9 billion of the total operating expenses go toward employee benefits, according to the report.

“As in previous years, the top 10 earning employees at UC in 2018 (based on total pay) were athletic coaches or health sciences faculty members, typically world-renowned specialists in their fields,” the report reads.

Contact Sasha Langholz at [email protected].