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Senior administrators' salaries increased by 2 percent in 2011

Top Administrators' Salaries Up 2%
February 27, 2012

The salaries of senior administrators increased by 2 percent in 2011, according to a study being released today by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources. As has been the case in recent years, median  raises were larger at private institutions (2.5 percent) than at publics (1.5 percent).

The 2 percent gain over all compares favorably to the 2010 increase of 1.4 percent, and of no increase at all the year before.

But the increase in the Consumer Price Index in 2011 was 3.2 percent -- double the increase of 2010. So while many administrators at private colleges and universities saw their spending power increase in 2010, relatively few of them (and very few public college administrators) are feeling such gains from their 2011 raises.

Within various administrative categories, athletics positions saw the largest raises.

Median Salary Increases in 2011 for Senior Administrators, by Category

Category All Public Private
Senior executives 2.0% 1.1% 2.6%
Deans 2.0% 1.5% 2.4%
Associate deans 2.0% 1.5% 2.8%
Academic affairs 2.0% 1.5% 2.3%
Business, HR and IT 2.1% 1.8% 2.5%
Athletics 2.3% 2.0% 2.5%
Student affairs 2.0% 1.5% 2.3%
Academic affairs 1.2% 1.2% 2.2%

The data released by CUPA-HR show the wide variation in administrative salaries, both by sector and by specialization. For instance, the median salary for a president/CEO of a single campus was $392,150 at doctoral institutions in 2011, but less than half of that at community colleges ($170,157). Among deans, medicine is the most lucrative field (median salary of $474,212), while divinity deans are on the other end of the pay scale ($90,000).

CUPA-HR releases summary data (see below, and an * indicating insufficient number of institutions reporting). Full reports may be ordered from the association.                                                     

JOB CATEGORY All Doctoral Master's Bacc. Associate
Senior Exec & Chief Functional Officers          
CEO of Syst/District  326,250  480,000  272,500  220,375  255,439
Ex Asst/Chief Staff for CEO Syst/Dist   129,095  154,800    85,000            *  137,778
CEO of Single Institution   255,849  392,150  265,000  250,000  170,157
Ex Asst/Chief Staff CEO Single Inst   101,329  130,391    97,957    85,972    76,208
Exec VP/Vice Chancellor   190,000  302,500  184,000  157,055  147,000
Secretary of the Institution     90,639  168,830    79,170    79,254    64,135
Chief Acad Affairs Officer & Provost   168,219  281,162  175,000  149,167  118,985
Chief Research Officer   212,107  234,600  126,189  120,000    96,541
Chief Technology Transfer Officer   164,317  165,600  109,242            *            *
Chief Business Officer   167,197  236,022  169,243  154,500  119,137
Chief Administration Officer   151,472  210,810  138,000  125,050  125,517
Chief Financial Officer   149,350  210,250  142,085  132,000  108,000
Chief Investment Officer   195,863  218,000  108,643  200,000            *
Chief Planning Officer   126,760  154,898  116,658  132,860  105,398
Chief Budget Officer   107,100  131,064    96,452    96,380    90,831
Chief Planning & Budget Officer   136,000  173,102  133,162    99,050            *
Chief Legal Affairs Officer   172,977  198,005  140,000  149,354  130,083
Chief HR Officer   102,861  154,067    98,345    86,842    90,672
Chief Information Officer   125,446  200,000  120,000  105,880  104,358
Chief Phys Plant/Facilities Officer   104,836  155,000  102,068    88,386    81,369
Chief Accounting Officer/Comptroller   100,105  139,966    97,000    87,750    90,977
Chief Health Professions Officer   350,947  541,419    96,000            *  108,286
Chief Admin, Hospital/Med Center   453,407  566,733            *            *            *
Chief Student Affairs/Life Officer  127,633  194,056  129,600  112,790  103,584
Chief Admissions Officer     90,000  112,217    85,315    86,000    73,997
Chief, Enrollment Mgt Officer   129,738  160,750  130,594  117,500    91,185
Chief External Affairs Officer   147,255  210,000  133,110  138,801  125,623
Chief Development Officer   150,000  239,120  150,000  141,628    93,000
Chief PR Officer   105,000  162,400    97,728    91,942    87,575
Chief Development & PR Officer   147,900  239,798  146,000  135,650    85,191
Chief Audit Officer  104,545  121,056    86,799    83,825    86,917
Chief Diversity Officer  106,153  149,524    90,000    88,085    86,059
Academic Deans          
Dean, Agriculture   215,000  227,166  143,129            *            *
Dean, Architecture   195,000  203,062  129,038            *            *
Dean, Arts & Letters   120,175  180,164  123,390  111,500    90,000
Dean, Arts & Sciences   139,762  220,829  130,204  109,984    91,901
Dean, Biological & Life Sciences   109,762  210,000  124,685    96,226    87,943
Dean, Business   161,167  290,700  155,372  120,077    91,825
Dean, Computer & Info Sciences   129,009  219,330  140,000            *    84,400
Dean, Continuing Education   111,882  164,138  115,507    91,744    92,803
Dean, Cooperative Extension   175,329  177,981            *            *            *
Dean, Dentistry   305,974  322,500            *            *            *
Dean, Divinity / Theology     90,000  144,198    90,000    77,768            *
Dean, Education   136,378  190,000  126,075    94,646    92,351
Dean, Engineering   220,884  254,015  175,000  113,039    81,312
Dean, External Degree Programs     90,028            *            *            *    90,028
Dean, Family & Consumer Sci   185,948  187,000            *            *            *
Dean, Fine Arts   129,944  180,816  128,125  108,985    92,070
Dean, Forestry & Environ Studies   189,163  192,479            *            *            *
Dean, Gov/Pub Affairs/Pub Policy   249,571  265,800            *            *            *
Dean, Graduate Programs   139,922  175,444  118,450    94,836            *
Dean, Health-Related Profs   125,000  186,480  132,780  111,608    92,213
Dean, Honors Program   125,000  133,469    97,000            *            *
Dean, Humanities   109,723  189,276  130,707    95,325    91,402
Dean, Instruction     92,985            *            *    96,493    91,553
Dean, Journalism & Mass Comm   181,813  205,000  147,650            *    95,756
Dean, Law   282,958  308,254  253,097  268,580            *
Dean, Library  125,763  163,500  113,013    90,536    86,615
Dean, Mathematics    100,884  120,000  103,152            *    94,904
Dean, Medicine   474,212  486,997            *            *            *
Dean, Music   157,663  189,294    98,940            *            *
Dean, Nursing   129,600  207,171  120,701  101,704    86,498
Dean, Occup Studies/Voc Ed/Techn     95,150  137,010  135,429            *    91,073
Dean, Performing Arts   145,750  189,638  142,707            *            *
Dean, Pharmacy   228,799  236,500  199,941  189,625            *
Dean, Public Administration   144,728  181,250            *            *            *
Dean, Public Health   285,500  302,414            *            *            *
Dean, Sciences   131,860  210,000  131,657  110,000    90,190
Dean, Social Sciences   108,760  203,191  131,250    71,732    90,122
Dean, Social Work   189,387  199,700  108,000            *            *
Dean, Special Programs     91,200            *    78,474    86,803    90,598
Dean, Undergraduate Programs   124,650  161,247  116,335    92,000    91,680
Dean, Veterinary Medicine   237,280  235,560            *            *            *
Multiple Academic Disciplines  113,818  195,000  122,500  102,138    90,739
Associate/Assistant Academic Deans          
A/A Dean, Agriculture   142,147  147,653            *            *            *
A/A Dean, Architecture   111,836  112,483            *            *            *
A/A Dean, Arts & Letters   101,665  118,255    92,098            *            *
A/A Dean, Arts & Sciences   102,040  118,825    94,074    91,800    76,259
A/A Dean, Bio & Life Sci   114,824  128,510            *            *            *
A/A Dean, Business   128,348  162,129  118,653    94,093    73,000
A/A Dean, Comp & Info Sci   116,650  139,896            *            *    74,406
A/A Dean, Continuing Ed     85,307  101,212    84,399    67,994    70,901
A/A Dean, Coop Extension   149,455  150,240            *            *            *
A/A Dean, Dentistry   171,570  158,561            *            *            *
A/A Dean, Divinity / Theology     86,434    81,818            *            *            *
A/A Dean, Education   101,182  119,661    94,891    82,670            *
A/A Dean, Engineering   139,932  145,411  120,000            *            *
A/A Dean, Ext Degree Programs     85,247            *            *            *            *
A/A Dean, Family & Consum Sci   116,205  123,213            *            *            *
A/A Dean, Fine Arts     89,300  101,700    85,158            *            *
A/A Dean, Forest & Envir Studies   118,926  122,852            *            *            *
A/A Dean, Gov/Pub Affairs/Pub Pol   126,690  132,315            *            *            *
A/A Dean, Graduate Prgrms   102,949  112,570    89,887    71,875            *
A/A Dean, Health-Rel Profs   104,197  117,000    96,420            *    80,608
A/A Dean, Honors Program     92,518  104,862    72,799            *            *
A/A Dean, Humanities     96,139  120,102    91,688            *    70,500
A/A Dean, Instruction     86,909            *            *            *    89,004
A/A Dean, Journ & Mass Comm   104,439  108,105  103,150            *            *
A/A Dean, Law   135,386  136,404  134,923            *            *
Deputy College Librarian    92,362  101,569    81,000    83,573            *
A/A Dean, Mathematics     73,144            *            *            *    71,077
A/A Dean, Medicine   180,620  184,975            *            *            *
A/A Dean, Music     95,653    96,321    94,856            *            *
A/A Dean, Nursing   110,000  122,672  101,012    84,645    81,768
A/A Dean, Occ Stds/Voc Ed/Tech     84,523    96,554            *            *    76,811
A/A Dean, Performing Arts     88,319    94,229            *            *            *
A/A Dean, Pharmacy   141,243  144,200  132,350            *            *
A/A Dean, Public Admin     89,587            *            *            *            *
A/A Dean, Public Health   132,792  142,091            *            *            *
A/A Dean, Sciences   116,971  126,117  107,771            *    83,020
A/A Dean, Social Sciences   103,417  117,500    85,636            *            *
A/A Dean, Social Work   105,539  105,870    96,350            *            *
A/A Dean, Special Programs     72,625  100,445    63,340    73,901    63,607
A/A Dean, Undergrad Programs     86,923    95,381    75,100    87,110            *
A/A Dean, Veterinary Med   169,263  164,463            *            *            *
A/A Dean, Multiple Acad Disciplines    98,298  101,680    99,807    84,472            *
Academic Affairs          
Vice Provost   158,476  192,959  133,900  117,877  118,728
Assoc Provost   120,000  150,804  118,450  104,653    89,760
Asst Provost     97,021  112,551    92,869    87,679    88,523
Dir, Institutional Research     84,505  114,415    81,600    75,000    77,031
Assoc Dir, Institutional Research     65,184    78,112    57,594    51,963    56,252
Dir, International Education     83,081  104,566    80,800    66,777    80,627
Dir, International Studies Ed     73,566    81,963    70,132    67,626    71,477
Dir, Sponsored Research & Programs     95,000  117,729    85,750    79,659    77,403
Dir, Continuing Education     74,762    99,500    73,077    66,975    70,668
Senior Technology Licensing Officer   104,372  101,900            *            *            *
Dir, Distance Learning     74,778    92,179    71,050    69,000    69,947
Dir, Teaching Center     85,514  106,915    80,751    72,500    76,962
Assoc/Asst VP for Research  161,618  167,867  120,235            *            *
Dir of Museums    97,065  123,000    87,318    89,716    80,000
Education Abroad Director    70,599    79,280    65,582    67,391            *
Dir/Dean Workforce & Career Develop    80,921    82,000    59,486    63,000    86,348
Director of Grad Admissions    67,593    75,781    62,418    60,000            *
Dir of Theater/Perform Arts Center    79,080    96,097    70,032    70,000    77,678
Chief Op Officer (non-faculty), Med Sch   262,088  247,056            *            *            *
Chief Financial Officer, Med Sch    194,729  194,782            *            *            *
Chief Admissions Officer, Med Sch     93,659  100,714            *            *            *
Chief Financial Aid Officer, Med Sch     78,040    78,040            *            *            *
Chief Student Affairs Officer, Med Sch   152,493  152,519            *            *            *
Chief Development Officer, Med Sch   162,260  169,304            *            *            *
Chief IT Officer, Med Sch   138,743  124,240            *            *            *
Chief Research Officer, Med Sch   226,524  230,081            *            *            *
Chief Librarian, Med Sch   120,116  124,098            *            *            *
Chief HR Officer, Med Sch   124,773  124,545            *            *            *
Dir, Library Services     83,919  159,768    86,767    73,441    69,049
Acquisitions Librarian     59,211    69,770    59,211    53,625    63,441
Head, Technical Services     62,239    82,037    62,009    54,325    53,527
Head, Public (Access) Services      61,217    78,395    60,274    54,568    58,366
Head, Catalog & Metadata - Lev III     60,645    69,693    56,552    52,150    69,569
Head, Collection Development    67,551    82,000    59,371    61,559            *
Spec Collections Libr'n/Archivist    60,984    68,984    54,939    57,933            *
Dir, Educational Media Services     64,513    85,685    64,888    58,706    66,615
Dir, Learning Resources Center     61,419    79,200    61,185    53,415    62,655
Assoc Dir, Admissions     56,107    65,733    55,145    51,000    55,924
Dir, Admissions & Registrar     71,654  103,370    72,500    62,385    68,347
Registrar     75,000  101,621    75,808    66,950    63,225
Assoc Registrar     56,117    68,890    52,122    49,986    51,908
Asst Registrar     43,000    51,209    41,911    39,624    40,677
Dir, Admissions & Financial Aid     90,614            *    94,126  121,290            *
Dir, Student Financial Aid     76,598  103,500    76,068    67,759    69,692
Assoc Dir, Student Financial Aid     55,000    67,267    53,000    50,000    51,000
Exec Dir of Executive Ed Program  152,847  158,871  136,800            *            *
Dir of Business Dev, Exec Ed    88,915  108,742    63,334            *    78,669
Program Dir, Executive Education    73,000    89,577    67,175            *            *
Business and Administrative Affairs          
Dir, Rsk Mgt & Insurance     90,079  103,248    72,288    77,823    86,738
Dir, Med Center PR/Ext Affairs   134,316  153,306            *            *            *
Dir, Med Center HR   150,052  131,065            *            *            *
Dir, University Research Park   150,000  159,098  144,944            *            *
Dir, Contracts & Grants     85,000    97,650    72,339    63,658    72,186
Dir, College/University Press   107,127  124,000    72,538            *            *
College/Div Business Affairs Officer     95,766    98,964    87,230    82,259  104,785
Director/Head of Title III Program    64,609    92,210    63,653    66,030    60,431
Director/Head of Sustainability    74,778    76,938    67,368    74,074    69,388
Associate VP for Admin Services  120,846  146,362  104,040  147,525    87,800
Assoc Budget Dir     84,107    96,900    76,293    74,488    75,606
Asst Comptroller     75,958    94,690    72,133    65,699    69,240
Restricted Funds Accountant     59,720    65,309    54,768    58,626    53,402
Dir, Accounting     80,914    97,850    73,298    66,000    68,000
Bursar     67,764    89,003    64,066    56,856    61,328
Assoc/Asst Bursar     51,501    61,350    49,176    41,200    49,548
Dir/Mgr, Payroll     62,656    80,000    57,500    52,084    60,096
Dir, Purchasing/Materials Mgt     79,313    99,988    71,762    70,130    70,496
Assoc Dir, Purch/Materials Mgt     68,333    76,371    62,926    48,714    68,667
Dir, Auxiliary Services     89,226  122,350    87,550    82,658    70,646
Dir/Mgr, Printing Services     55,844    73,723    52,104    47,077    53,367
Dir/Mgr, Mail Services     48,225    55,756    45,147    39,666    56,919
Dir, Bookstore     57,444    91,803    58,339    50,080    60,468
Assoc Dir, Bookstore     46,921    65,497    43,573    42,755    51,241
Dir, Food/Dining Services     87,147  107,936    82,830    79,981    65,790
Assoc Dir, Food /Dining Services     70,471    77,250    65,813    62,292    42,552
Dir, Environmental Health & Safety     85,062  105,052    72,971    67,741    67,399
Dir, Campus Security/Safety     78,843  112,783    76,628    64,438    70,000
Dir, Parking & Transportation     76,732    84,663    62,510    46,956            *
Dir, Real Estate & Space Mgt   109,800  114,338    83,604    97,276            *
Architect for the Institution   102,769  115,700    93,540    93,623    98,491
Assoc Dir, Phy Plant/Facil Mgt     80,835  103,159    74,965    74,052    69,933
Dir, Energy & Utilities      93,023    99,000    87,125    77,378            *
Mgr, Landscape & Grounds     58,230    72,067    54,367    53,437    49,710
Mgr, Building Maintenance Trades     65,805    78,300    61,500    60,000    63,896
Mgr, Technical Trades     66,315    73,445    62,886    60,954    55,725
Mgr, Custodial Services     54,253    66,909    52,737    47,677    50,889
Mgr, Power Plant     71,145    79,276    65,220    65,365            *
Human Resources & Information Technology          
Assoc Dir, HR     76,875    95,002    71,665    69,840    72,826
Dir/Mgr, Employee Benefits     69,436    82,870    63,175    59,800    65,807
Dir/Mgr, Training & Development     77,820    83,200    69,568    79,009    73,619
Dir/Mgr, Employee Relations     82,591    83,045    81,398    84,048    78,185
Dir/Mgr, Labor Relations     89,916    91,544    75,895            *    75,000
Dir/Mgr, Employment     69,075    74,513    62,385    59,344    70,000
Dir/Mgr, Compens & Classification     83,004    87,711    68,698    82,946    76,281
Dir/Mgr, HR Info Systems (HRIS)     77,888    90,397    65,000    66,658    74,315
Dir, AA/Equal Employment     95,000  102,875    84,169    76,362    91,176
Assoc Dir, AA/Equal Employment     67,474    66,437    71,653            *            *
Dir, HR & AA     81,948    97,500    83,619    72,000    79,263
Dir, Disability Services    60,946    71,200    57,590    57,885    61,377
Deputy Chief Info Officer   107,019  144,309  100,001    84,458    92,575
Dir, Academic Computing     91,284  114,851    80,000    86,985    82,745
Assoc Dir, Academic Computing     76,370    90,701    68,972    69,600            *
Dir, Admin Computing     91,977  123,600    90,000    83,363    77,347
Assoc Dir, Admin Computing     82,026  104,161    78,024    70,025    63,690
Dir, Telecom/ Networking     91,275  109,621    83,900    81,314    86,089
Dir, Enterprise Info Systems     97,470  118,357    91,962    86,700    90,475
Dir, Research Computing   106,403  113,715            *            *            *
Dir, Enterprise Data Center     95,824  105,000    82,969    87,055            *
Dir, IT Security     96,632  108,831    85,040    78,198    78,728
Dir, Instructional Technology     80,000    95,043    77,475    70,157    66,950
Dir, User Services     76,956    93,380    72,000    66,789    71,097
Dir, Info Mgt     85,818  108,800    73,187    73,500    83,380
Principal Database Administrator     81,118    92,800    78,847    70,832    72,000
Principal Systems Analyst     75,330    93,557    71,774    65,842    69,708
Athletics          
Dir, Athletics   100,891  212,300  102,656    85,860    66,000
Assoc Athletics Dir     71,400  109,416    65,074    62,681    58,960
A/A Athl Dir, Sports Info/Comm     48,505    63,432    47,198    43,000            *
A/A Athl Dir, Men’s Athl Programs     66,250  150,645    56,000    53,226            *
A/A Athl Dir, Women’s Athl Prgms     69,270    96,425    62,507    57,249            *
A/A Athl Dir for Fin & Bus     76,195    99,000    60,665    72,389            *
A/A Athl Dir for Operations     62,483    79,284    53,085    54,884            *
A/A Athl Dir for Ext Affairs     77,788    96,237    63,000    50,233            *
A/A Athl Dir for Devel     78,000    91,980    65,000    50,212            *
A/A Athl Dir for Acad Affairs     69,685    79,688    54,791            *            *
A/A Athl Dir for Compliance     57,068    74,394    50,400    46,910            *
Student Affairs          
Assoc VP for Student Affairs   102,000  127,308  100,400    74,989    90,539
Asst VP for Student Affairs     89,224  109,304    83,634    61,500    83,210
Dean of Students     89,402  115,900    83,665    82,336    87,067
Dir, Greek Life     48,715    57,529    42,500    45,613            *
Dir, Foreign Students     58,924    70,751    56,621    51,475    60,351
Dir, Campus Ministries     61,414    84,852    59,916    59,041            *
Dir, Minority Affairs     61,038    73,520    59,399    53,040    58,039
Dir, Conferences     61,639    75,994    60,075    52,020    77,424
Dir, Woman’s Center     63,896    65,620    57,637    56,050    75,677
Assoc/Asst Dir, Women's Center    49,675    46,527    50,000            *            *
Dir, Student Activities     56,338    69,208    54,690    48,711    59,531
Asst Dir, Student Activities     42,189    48,804    40,760    39,425    43,213
Dir, Campus Rec/Intramurals     64,691    83,004    57,540    52,564            *
Asst Dir, Campus Rec/Intramurals     47,200    54,458    41,876    44,069            *
Dir, Union & Student Activities     72,598    84,243    70,000    64,450            *
Dir, Student Union     71,497    86,250    62,000    57,656            *
Assoc/Asst Dir, Student Union     52,747    62,115    48,025    45,184            *
Dir, Academic Advising     64,253    74,551    64,033    57,129    61,409
Dir, Career Dev & Placement     66,977    88,000    64,262    58,631    59,249
Dir, Student Academic Counseling    66,472    86,445    63,857    55,520    69,035
Assoc Dir, Student Counseling     60,576    70,917    53,851    53,064    68,880
Dir, Student Housing     67,000    98,545    62,918    55,450    48,402
Assoc Dir, Student Housing     52,849    67,010    48,042    43,328            *
Housing Officer/Admin Operations     57,438    65,774    49,440    42,475            *
Housing Officer/Residence Life     45,576    63,400    44,886    37,000    32,519
Dir, Student Health Srvcs (Physician)   152,470  171,512  133,879  151,516            *
Dir, Student Health Srvcs (Nurse)     69,912    87,430    68,500    60,000    69,867
Dir, Student Health Srvcs (Non Med)     87,653  108,160    75,413    87,935            *
Dir, Counseling & Psych Srvcs     78,864  100,005    74,639    71,882    68,784
External Affairs          
Assoc/Asst VP/Chancellor for Devel   120,580  155,000  104,602  111,738  102,528
Dir, Annual Giving     65,265    84,686    62,310    59,551    71,193
Dir, Corporate/Foundation Relations     82,857  100,000    76,000    77,060    77,040
Dir, Planned Giving     92,650  118,315    86,700    81,599    51,384
Dir, Alumni Affairs     70,020  104,320    66,505    61,295    60,190
Dir, Development & Alumni Affairs     79,785    91,020    85,309    66,992    62,380
Dir., Major gifts    87,960  118,995    80,670    80,000    67,613
Dir, Devel for Instit School/College     80,223    88,257    71,259    76,549    76,565
Dir, Donor Relations     64,715    75,000    57,025    61,200    67,474
Dir, Adv Research/Prospect Mgt     68,949    76,289    61,200    65,873            *
Dir, Governmental/Legislative Rel   128,750  147,787  107,792    95,813    98,602
Dir, Federal Relations   131,693  130,000            *            *            *
Dir, State Government Relations   110,000  113,300    99,282            *            *
Dir, Church Relations     58,500            *    65,585    53,204            *
Dir, Community Services     62,664    91,980    56,832    55,590    62,021
Dir, Publications     70,000    82,400    63,720    66,695    72,714
Assoc Dir, Publications     57,533    63,350    55,000    54,000    62,821
Dir, Information Office     70,222    90,048    66,666    62,425    61,327
 Dir, News Bureau/Service     70,000    79,383    57,062    61,530    62,606
Dir, Marketing     79,682    95,846    77,802    71,048    71,855

 

 

 

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