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Report 95-6: Executive Compensation in California Public Higher Education, 1994-95: The Third in a Series of Annual Reports to the Governor and Legislature in Response to the 1992 Budget Act

Published by The California Postsecondary Education Commission

June 1995

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Over the past 14 years, the California Postsecondary Education Commission, as directed by the Legislature, has reported annually on the compensation earned by higher education executives in California's public universities, and the comparison between these salaries and those in similar institutions nationally.

This report responds to that directive and to more recent legislative requests for additional detail by reviewing and commenting on total executive compensation information provided by the California State and the University of California. Included is information on executive salaries received by California Community Colleges at the campus, district, and statewide levels. Also discussed are recent trends in higher education executive compensation and other aspects of compensation, such as housing and automobile allowances, where applicable.

This report presents the following information about salaries, as of February 1, 1995, in California higher education at the campus level and in each of the system's statewide offices:

  • California Community College chief executive salaries at the campus and district level range from $77,784 to $145,000: the mean salary for chancellors is $118,509; the presidents' mean is $92,523 for multi-college districts, and $99,680 for single-college districts. The mean for vice chancellors at the systemwide level is $85,540; the base salary for statewide chancellor is $115,068.
  • The mean salary of the California State University campus presidents is $132,796, lagging the national comparison group by 22.5 percent. The State University Chancellor receives $175,000; the salaries or other State University statewide executives range from $125,688 to $138,504.
  • University of California campus chancellors received a mean salary of $187,900, lagging two comparisons groups by 7.8 and 13.7 percent, respectively. The University president's base salary is $243,500; salaries at the vice presidential level range from $172,900 to $190,000.
The Commission adopted this report at its meeting on June 5, 1995, on recommendation of its Fiscal Policy and Analysis Committee.
Related Topics: Faculty Salaries, Executive Compensation, Faculty and Staff Issues

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