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Survey finds pay for senior administrators is up

Senior Administrator Pay Up
February 25, 2013

The median base salary for senior administrators in higher education increased by 2.3 percent in 2012, according to data released today by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources. That is an increase from 2.0 percent in 2011.

Continuing a pattern of recent years, the increases were greater at private institutions than at publics (2.5 percent vs. 2.0 percent).

Increases were also greater at doctoral institutions and community colleges (both of which saw median gains of 2.5 percent) than at master's institutions (up 2.0 percent) and bachelor's institutions (2.2 percent).

CUPA-HR released the median salaries for various senior-level positions, by institutional classification, and they may be found at the conclusion of this article.

For many top executives in higher education, benefits beyond standard insurance coverage that most permanent employees receive are a key part of the compensation package. So for the first time this year, CUPA-HR also collected and released data on special benefits (housing, car or car allowances, club membership, deferred compensation and performance-based incentives) provided to top executives. Institutions answered this question for various positions with options of "yes," "partial" and "no," and the table that follows shows the percentages answering "yes" and "partial." For performance-based incentives, no "partial" option was given.

Presidents of campuses were the most likely to receive the most of these benefits.

Special Benefits for Top Executives

Position Housing Car or Car Allowance Club Dues Deferred Comp.

Incentives
Based on
Performance

System president

Yes: 37%

Partial: 13%

Yes: 41%

Partial: 14%

Yes: 23%

Partial: 5%

Yes: 19%

Partial: 10%

Yes: 21%

 

Campus president

Yes: 47%

Partial: 14%

Yes: 52%

Partial: 18%

Yes: 32%

Partial: 3%

Yes: 26%

Partial: 12%

Yes: 26%

 

Executive vice president

Yes: 2%

Partial: 2%

Yes: 10%

Partial: 6%

Yes: 7%

Partial: 2%

Yes: 7%

Partial: 7%

Yes: 9%

 

Chief academic affairs officer

Yes: 3%

Partial: 2%

Yes: 7%

Partial: 7%

Yes: 6%

Partial: 2%

Yes: 7%

Partial: 7%

Yes: 14%

 

Chief business officer

Yes: 1%

Partial: 1%

Yes: 8%

Partial: 6%

Yes: 6%

Partial: 2%

Yes: 8%

Partial: 7%

Yes: 12%

 

Chief athletic administrator

Yes: 1%

Partial: 1%

Yes: 13%

Partial: 6%

Yes: 9%

Partial: 2%

Yes: 6%

Partial: 6%

Yes: 15%

 

Chief development officer

Yes: 2%

Partial: 1%

Yes: 19%

Partial: 11%

Yes: 15%

Partial: 3%

Yes: 7%

Partial: 6%

Yes: 15%

 

Median Salary by Carnegie Classification, 2012

(Note:  * indicates that the total number of people in the position is too small in that classification for a reliable figure.)

 

  All Ph.D.-
Granting
Master's Bacc. Assoc.
Chief Exec Officer, System    370,470    431,575              *              *    291,132
CEO, Single Inst/Campus in Syst    274,300    402,000    271,454    266,216    177,343
Exec VP/Vice Chancellor    187,039    312,682    178,515    151,440    151,154
Chief Acad Affairs Officer/Prov    175,126    292,409    180,000    153,750    122,946
Chief Business Officer    168,800    237,303    170,000    159,000    120,000
Chief Athletics Admr    105,444    218,719    105,500      88,999      73,219
Chief Audit Officer    107,155    122,400      88,000      95,930      90,864
Chief Dev/Advance Officer    155,004    237,186    153,694    145,000      96,055
Chief Enrollment Mgt Officer    132,349    163,734    133,987    126,080      95,123
Chief Exten/ Engagement Officer    143,123    190,008    109,200              *      95,107
Chief External Affairs Officer    158,650    200,000    142,958    110,030    129,540
Chief Facilities Officer    109,043    157,896    104,894      91,924      92,569
Chief Financial Officer    152,828    220,000    143,790    131,423    119,220
Chief Health Affairs Officer    305,940    482,928              *              *      93,537
Chief Human Resources Officer    105,000    154,383      99,000      87,532      95,407
Chief Info/
IT Officer
   125,847    202,000    120,227    107,200    103,000
Chief Instal Planning Officer    133,516    172,993    118,111    136,500    112,455
Chief Instal Research Officer      86,700    115,269      82,774      78,264      82,827
Chief Investment Officer    210,325    225,000    122,070    220,436              *
Chief Legal Affairs Officer    179,332    205,940    144,383    143,500    135,046
Chief Library Officer      88,355    164,267      90,111      76,839      73,510
Chief Pub Relations Officer    105,000    168,882      98,496      92,954      80,899
Chief Research Officer    212,652    241,196    123,130    117,300      95,404
Chief Stu Affairs/Life Officer    130,019    196,978    132,018    119,650    103,584
Academic Deans          
Dean Agriculture    218,848    231,453    144,326              *              *
Dean Architecture/ Design    202,824    210,120    135,960              *              *
Dean Arts and Letters    125,850    171,000    125,000    107,500      96,256
Dean Arts and Sciences    145,356    223,091    136,099    112,598      89,813
Dean Biological and Life Sci    125,352    225,000    131,976      74,540      92,046
Dean Business    169,428    294,443    157,560    122,022      90,750
Dean Computer and Info Sci    154,448    219,330    154,000              *      90,012
Dean Continuing Ed    113,132    159,000    118,347      90,900      92,880
Dean Coop Extension    171,772    185,400              *              *      91,173
Dean Dentistry    298,005    311,175    256,250              *              *
Dean Divinity/Religion      92,820    161,445      91,801      83,244              *
Dean Education    137,953    194,229    128,000      91,800      88,824
Dean Engineering    230,000    264,502    181,831    109,349      96,250
Dean External Degree Prgms      91,485              *      86,500              *      91,485
Dean Family and Cons Sci    190,000    201,490              *              *              *
Dean Fine Arts    134,000    187,245    130,939    105,000      96,384
Dean Forestry & Environ Studies    197,475    204,960              *              *              *
Dean Gov/Pub Affairs/Pub Pol    247,450    274,087              *              *              *
Dean Graduate
School
   140,779    175,004    121,473      99,110              *
Dean Hth-Related Professions    127,338    192,224    138,000    112,184      93,368
Dean Honors Program    125,000    141,020    104,040              *              *
Dean Humanities    115,140    187,402    133,592      96,000      92,000
Dean Instruction      97,060              *      94,357    105,277      93,837
Dean Journalism & Mass Comm    180,594    202,374    160,000              *      94,112
Dean Law    294,100    309,113    260,916              *              *
Dean Library
Sciences
   135,000    161,813    115,227      94,605      88,222
Dean Mathematics    105,000    171,504    155,000              *      96,004
Dean Medicine    445,781    452,400              *              *              *
Dean Music    164,436    191,106    125,986              *              *
Dean Nursing    132,275    209,652    124,587    101,868      90,279
Dean Occup Studies
/ Voc Ed/Tech
     97,000    138,244    136,671    113,525      91,137
Dean Performing Arts    152,600    198,048    147,145              *              *
Dean Pharmacy    230,626    243,956    202,598    200,900              *
Dean Pub Admin    142,856    215,000              *              *              *
Dean Pub Health    272,459    301,713              *              *              *
Dean Sciences    140,379    217,000    135,800    105,666      95,501
Dean Social Sciences    114,850    220,000    127,715      87,500      92,375
Dean Social Work    196,000    200,002    123,600              *              *
Dean Special Programs      86,398              *    103,810      83,232      82,738
Dean Undergrad Programs    127,243    162,887    122,000    102,289      90,491
Dean Veterinary Medicine    243,661    241,347              *              *              *
Dean of Students      91,795    119,554      87,180      83,492      91,266
Institutional Administrators          
Chief Accnting Officer/Contrlr    100,548    143,800      96,512      90,562      83,516
Chief Admin Officer    163,977    235,567    142,000    134,995    143,588
Chief Architect for
the Inst
   105,694    120,011      95,389      95,368    104,934
Chief Auxiliary Services Officr      95,927    131,204      85,880      85,069      82,622
Chief Budget Officer    108,269    134,820      99,750      94,449      86,760
Chief Purchasing Officer      82,000    102,500      73,048      69,871      70,549
Chief EO/AA Officer      98,490    105,846      86,758      78,400      91,772
Chief Diversity Officer    112,000    151,494      89,290      87,296      87,366
Chief Hospital Admr    378,463    455,960              *              *              *
Chief Veterinary Hospital Admr    150,069    150,069              *              *              *
Chief Student Admissions Officr      88,597    116,868      85,022      82,925      73,650
Chief Student Fin
Aid Officer
     80,000    105,060      79,439      69,763      74,066
Chief Student Registr/Rec Off      78,329    102,250      78,500      68,791      70,600
Chief Tech Transfer Officer    169,218    169,543              *              *              *
Chief Spons Resrch/Prgms Admr      94,780    116,747      86,275      81,920      86,871
Chief Contracts & Grants Admr      86,210      96,900      72,075      64,763      77,250
Deputy Chief, Student Affairs      95,979    128,150      90,184      75,000      92,548
Deputy Chief, Research Officer    168,108    180,660              *              *              *
Deputy Provost    157,459    188,756    135,549    122,500    122,303
Associate Provost    123,146    160,698    120,781    102,228      95,016
Assistant Provost      99,352    120,500    100,000      81,888      91,959
Chief of Staff to Syst/Inst CEO    131,950    154,656    122,004    115,478    102,980
Heads of Divisions, Deptmts & Centrs          
Dep Chief Financial Officer    112,570    124,510    106,350    100,479      95,253
Dep Chief Facilities Officer      83,280    108,332      78,680      72,936      70,054
Dep Chief HR Officer      80,145      98,003      74,875      72,000      77,851
Dep Chief Info/IT Officer    108,710    139,746    103,335      83,956      89,365
Dep Chief Athletics Officer      75,190    110,843      67,637      64,611      64,507
Dep Chief Advance/Dev Officer    116,420    157,985    105,798    112,200      85,927
Dep Chief Budget Officer      90,890    102,346      81,095      71,400      90,116
Bursar      69,542      89,128      65,443      58,855      68,792
Chief Camp Bookstore Admr      61,053      90,224      61,912      53,992      60,000
Chief Camp Continuing Ed Admr      80,411    104,087      75,110      69,687      75,002
Chief Camp Distance Ed Admr      81,714      97,500      73,150      67,000      81,589
Chief Camp Internatl Ed Admr      84,373    108,504      78,179      72,826      78,747
Chief Camp Intnl Studies Ed Adm      77,267      90,430      69,671      74,038      65,000
Chief Environ Hth & Safety Admr      89,000    103,576      75,929      71,426      84,344
Chief Camp Risk Mgt & Ins Admr      92,830    108,000      71,734      77,037      88,982
Chief Camp Sec Admr/Police Chief      81,143    114,398      78,116      65,113      72,129
Dep Chief Camp Sec /Asst Police Chief      68,539      89,303      62,742      56,600      63,785
Chief Camp Park /Transport Admr      77,635      84,409      62,915              *              *
Chief Camp Employment Admr      71,260      82,912      63,625      65,500      70,684
Chief Camp Payroll Admr      64,001      82,956      57,320      53,040      63,820
Chief Camp Benefits Admr      71,793      86,171      62,350      66,522      71,000
Chief Camp Employee Rel Admr      86,165      90,203      84,786      86,569      79,464
Chief Camp Classif & Comp Admr      85,000      90,000      70,072      68,000      81,816
Chief Camp HR Info Systs Admr      79,386      89,667      70,000      65,000      80,000
Chief Camp Training
& Dev Admr
     80,000      85,818      70,481      82,444      77,857
Chief Camp Food/ Dining Svs Admr      89,598    109,180      85,000      84,850      67,214
Dep Chief Camp Food/Din Svs Adm      69,924      76,306      64,877      64,329      48,421
Chief Campus Research Park Admr    159,770    164,084              *              *              *
Chief Camp Real Estate Admr    116,473    118,636      89,630              *              *
Chief Camp Energy
& Util Admr
     94,462      99,612      86,082      86,623      75,173
Chief Camp TeleCom/Netw Admr      92,200    113,844      85,148      78,393      88,355
Chief Camp
Enterprise Applic
   103,404    120,627      96,811      93,000      90,999
Chief Camp
Academic Computing
     87,924    110,000      81,623      73,271      79,724
Chief Camp Adm Computing Admr      95,030    121,915      92,446      83,626      80,327
Chief Camp Research Computing    110,563    110,865              *              *              *
Chief Camp IT Security Admr      99,425    106,153      89,560      84,242      78,063
Chief Camp Student Activ Admr      58,600      73,271      58,533      49,929      58,748
Chief Camp Student Cntr Admr      75,467      89,875      64,625      60,631              *
Chief Camp Greek
Life Admr
     51,917      59,064      46,000      44,001              *
Chief Camp Acad Advising Admr      67,164      78,692      65,893      62,498      61,136
Chief Camp Career Services Admr      68,300      88,047      65,844      61,000      63,489
Chief Camp Student Counsel Cntr      81,016    101,584      75,109      76,000      73,494
Chief Camp Stu Hth Cntr-Non-Med      89,203    109,841      80,839      74,062      57,309
Chief Camp Stu Hth Cntr-MD Admr    155,961    172,680    142,000    125,000              *
Chief Camp Stu Hth Ctr-Nrs/Prac      71,354      83,577      70,853      60,930      63,623
Chief Camp Student Housing Admr      68,828      98,208      65,000      55,331      48,525
Chief Camp Annual Giving Admr      68,475      86,133      64,271      61,855      73,466
Chief Camp Corp/Fdn Rel Admr      84,025    103,000      76,600      80,000      78,492
Chief Camp Planned Giving Admr      94,760    121,440      88,508      86,843              *
Chief Camp Alumni Affairs Admr      72,512    106,498      68,980      64,125      56,725
Chief Camp Major Gifts Admr      90,000    122,640      82,000      84,835      68,628
Chief Camp Donor
Rel Admr
     68,052      79,155      58,632      65,000      69,385
Chief Camp Advance Svs Admr      70,040      80,000      63,018      67,849              *
Chief Camp Fed Gov/Legis Liaisn    131,633    141,520    123,600              *      82,164
Chief Camp State/
Loc Gov Liais
   115,636    125,000    100,825              *    110,020
Chief Camp
Marketing Admr
     82,265      95,155      80,000      72,735      72,797
Chief Camp Publications Admr      72,090      83,421      65,803      67,853      74,895
Chief Camp Study-Abroad Admr      72,340      76,740      70,361      70,728              *
Chief Camp Workf/Career Dev Adm      81,018    104,123      69,105      58,469      88,412
Chief Bus Affairs Off, Coll/Div      98,660    103,964      93,466      83,625      91,412
Chief HR Officer, College/Div      90,000      88,255      62,400              *      89,894
Academic Associate/Assistant Deans          
A/A Dean, Agriculture    150,026    154,930              *              *              *
A/A Dean, Arch/Design    113,413    113,413              *              *              *
A/A Dean, Arts & Letters    100,492    109,405      91,633              *              *
A/A Dean, Arts & Sciences    109,368    126,012      98,088    106,696      69,666
A/A Dean, Biological & Life Sci    109,064    130,435      89,867              *      70,824
A/A Dean, Business    131,425    165,601    117,365      83,139      73,723
A/A Dean, Computer & Info Sci    115,630    150,842    104,625      94,727              *
A/A Dean, Continuing Ed      88,168    104,542      84,027      69,072      73,754
A/A Dean, Coop Extens    150,000    150,000              *              *              *
A/A Dean, Dentistry    171,900    169,947              *              *              *
A/A Dean, Divinity/Relig      97,000    108,854              *              *              *
A/A Dean, Education    103,889    121,970      95,753      85,812      72,159
A/A Dean, Engineering    143,439    148,897    123,298              *              *
A/A Dean, Ext Degr Prgms      86,819              *              *              *              *
A/A Dean, Fam/Cons Sci/Hum Sci    117,500    117,533              *              *              *
A/A Dean, Fine Arts      90,546    104,727      87,020              *              *
A/A Dean, Forestry & Envir Stds    118,670    126,755              *              *              *
A/A Dean, Gov/Pub Affrs/Pub Pol    132,867    135,171              *              *              *
A/A Dean, Graduate Prgms    103,632    114,459      87,107      88,350              *
A/A Dean, Health-Rel Profs    112,571    130,018    103,824              *      78,450
A/A Dean, Honors Program      97,850    103,212      66,305              *              *
A/A Dean, Humanities    103,624    122,437      95,000              *      73,500
A/A Dean, Instruction      86,643              *              *              *      78,738
A/A Dean, Journ & Mass Comm    104,965    112,062      94,620              *              *
A/A Dean, Law    148,772    151,383    137,950              *              *
A/A Dean Library Sci      97,735    101,335      86,045              *              *
A/A Dean, Mathematics      93,867    106,525              *              *      76,914
A/A Dean, Medicine    196,212    196,225              *              *              *
A/A Dean, Music      93,560      93,560      91,129              *              *
A/A Dean, Nursing    113,708    133,447    103,712      81,585      83,093
A/A Dean, Occup/
Voc Ed/Tech
     87,176      77,917              *              *      76,216
A/A Dean, Performing Arts      95,727      99,490    101,972              *              *
A/A Dean, Pharmacy    141,987    148,526    133,350    148,683              *
A/A Dean, Pub Admin              *              *              *              *              *
A/A Dean, Pub Health    138,375    143,485              *              *              *
A/A Dean, Sciences    115,502    125,000    106,676              *      78,468
A/A Dean, Social Sciences    106,779    124,171      93,967              *      68,172
A/A Dean, Social Work    112,918    119,622              *              *              *
A/A Dean, Special Prgms      76,322      94,261      70,054              *              *
A/A Dean, Undergrad Prgms      90,000    118,893      68,000      88,106              *
A/A Dean, Veterinary Medicine    171,009    168,703              *              *              *


 



 



 

 

 

 

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