Compensation

Salary Scales
Faculty members in the regular Professor series or equivalent ranks at all campuses are paid on academic-year (nine-month) and fiscal-year (eleven-month) salary scales. Salary scales for most academic titles provide for various levels of salary within each rank -- generally referred to as steps within rank -- and for a normal period of service at each salary step. The same scales are used for all campuses for the same categories of faculty members.

  • Periodic range adjustments to the scales are granted based in part on a survey of faculty salaries at a group of comparison institutions and on State funding.
  • Special scales have been developed for certain disciplines, e.g., Law, Business Administration/Management and Engineering.
  • Special compensation plans for certain categories of faculty members in the health sciences have been authorized by The Regents.
  • Off-scale salaries may be approved by the Chancellor for faculty members in certain titles. (APM - 620)
  • Above-scale salaries may be approved by the Chancellor or recommended for approval by The Regents.

Salary Payments
Salaries for faculty on academic-year and fiscal-year appointments are normally paid in twelve monthly installments. Payday is the first day of each month except when that day falls on a weekend, in which case checks are issued on the last working day of the previous month. The only exception is that, for income tax reasons, payment for December is made on the first working day of the new year.

Voluntary payroll deduction may be authorized for a number of purposes, such as dues for employee organizations, insurance premiums, parking fees, retirement contributions, UC savings programs, dependent care, charitable contributions, or for other purposes that are announced from time to time in University publications. (See Faculty Benefits section.)

Types of Salary Increases
There are three basic ways in which a faculty member may receive an increase in salary. These are:

  1. General scale increase
  2. Merit increase
  3. Promotion

Merit increases and promotions are based on academic attainment, experience, and performance; they are not automatic. The normal periods of service designated for each salary level do not preclude accelerated advancement in cases of exceptional merit. Less rapid advancement is not unusual. Merit increases and promotions may be made only within the limits of available funds.

Range adjustment, merit increases, and promotions, unless otherwise specified by the campus, are effective July 1. (APM - 600)

Additional Compensation
A faculty member on a full-time academic-year appointment may not ordinarily receive additional compensation from University sources for services directly related to recognized duties during the academic year; that is, from the beginning of the Fall Term until the end of the Spring Term. Exceptions to this policy for certain services such as lectures or concerts may be granted by the Chancellor. (APM - 666)

At times, faculty members may serve the University in activities not directly related to their recognized University duties for services such as teaching in summer school or for University Extension; preparing, editing, revising, or conducting University Extension correspondence courses; consulting; reading manuscripts for the University Press; or conducting extramurally funded research. (APM - 660 through 665 and 667)

Academic-year appointees may be allowed to earn a maximum of one-third of the nine-month annual salary rate from University sources as additional compensation for services during the designated summer period. (APM - 600)