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Public Salary Recovery

March 3, 2014

After three years in which private college and university administrators led their public counterparts in salary gains, the publics are on top in 2013-14.

The gains in public higher education are also larger than those of a year before, while the private increase is smaller than last year's, according to a study released today by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources. Overall, the increase is 2.4 percent -- with the public increase 2.5 percent and the private increase 2.3 percent. Based on an increase of 1.5 percent in the Consumer Price Index for the period covered, that means that public and private administrators are all enjoying increases in purchasing power.

The following table shows the gains over the last four years for public and private higher education:

Gains in Base Salary for Administrators, Public vs. Private

Year Public Private
2010-11 0.0% 2.0%
2011-12 1.5% 2.5%
2012-13 2.0% 2.5%
2013-14 2.5% 2.3%

The results come in a year in which many states started to put more money into public higher education, following the deep cuts that started after the economy took so many hits in 2008.

Comparing colleges by highest degrees awarded, doctoral institutions saw the largest gains for administrators (2.6 percent), higher than those for master's institutions (2.0 percent), baccalaureate (2.3 percent), associate institutions (2.4 percent) and specialized institutions (2.0 percent). And doctoral institutions are the only category in which private gains out paced those of the public sector.

Gains in Base Salary for Administrators, by Degree Levels, 2013-14

Year Public Private
Doctoral 2.5% 2.7%
Master's 2.2% 2.0%
Baccalaureate 2.5% 2.3%
Associate 2.5% 2.5%
Specialized 2.0% 2.0%

CUPA-HR also releases median salaries for various administrator job categories, broken down by Carnegie classification.

Median Salaries by Sector, 2013-14

An * indicates that there are not enough people in the sample to produce a statistically valid median.

   All   Doctoral Master's  Bacc.   Assoc.
Top Executive
and Senior
Officers
         
Chief Exec
Officer, System
 $370,940  $465,618  $311,217            *  $285,338
CEO, Single Inst/Campus in Syst  275,000  425,000  275,000  265,000  184,782
Exec VP/Vice Chancellor  186,750  326,863  181,456  155,625  154,884
Chief Acad Affairs Officer/Prov  178,884  302,841  185,000  160,500  126,616
Chief
Business
Officer
 172,000  250,000  175,393  160,000  123,974
Chief
Athletics
Admr
 109,497  238,736  108,441    90,166    80,392
Chief Audit Officer  112,366  129,480    86,453    89,721    97,346
Chief Dev/
Advance Officer
 155,000  248,373  154,000  149,868    96,155
Chief Enrollment Mgt Officer  134,716  171,652  135,000  130,047    92,776
Chief Exten/
Engagement
Officer
 137,148  198,430  113,520            *  119,609
Chief
External
Affairs
Officer
 164,353  200,069  143,237  112,600  140,446
Chief
Facilities
Officer
 110,677  161,095  106,899    93,125    94,000
Chief
Financial
Officer
 157,927  231,274  145,441  137,963  116,481
Chief Health
Affairs
Officer
 377,597  539,537            *            *            *
Chief Human Resources
Officer
 106,240  158,750  102,180    88,000    96,920
Chief Info/
IT Officer
 128,283  208,959  125,000  108,150  104,873
Chief Instal Planning Officer  140,688  187,733  122,247  128,272  106,378
Chief Instal Research Officer    90,000  118,418    84,431    81,201    85,000
Chief Investment Officer  204,651  227,084  105,060  234,328            *
Chief Legal Affairs
Officer
 185,000  218,184  153,000  162,000  141,271
Chief Library
Officer
   90,352  165,866    92,210    78,015    73,218
Chief Pub
Relations
Officer
 106,111  172,000  100,161    92,335    84,004
Chief
Research
Officer
 225,500  247,638  125,013  112,725  109,058
Chief Stu Affairs/
Life Officer
 133,429  202,995  137,007  121,708  106,575
Academic
Deans
         
Dean Agriculture  224,142  240,000  142,000            *            *
Dean Architecture/
Design
 201,310  213,761  160,710            *            *
Dean Arts
and Letters
 133,952  180,000  129,300  103,810    96,662
Dean Arts
and Sciences
 146,217  225,000  139,182  119,225    91,800

Dean Biological
and Life Sci

 140,300  217,125  140,300            *    92,816
Dean
Business
 170,000  293,096  159,014  125,000    95,209
Dean Computer
and Info Sci
 167,250  259,560  154,896            *  104,344
Dean
Continuing
Ed
 112,839  167,074  115,000    92,016    93,000
Dean Coop Extension  189,780  192,800            *            *            *
Dean Dentistry  317,398  328,467            *            *            *
Dean
Divinity/
Religion
   96,463  140,770    93,636    82,400            *
Dean Education  144,330  199,614  130,000    95,000    91,489
Dean Engineering  241,327  275,000  189,750  112,059    97,000
Dean
External
Degree
Prgms
   91,260            *            *            *    91,260
Dean Family and Cons Sci  200,000  200,000            *            *            *
Dean
Fine Arts
 138,585  192,175  132,774  109,702  102,087
Dean Forestry/ Environ Studies  181,882  200,830            *            *            *
Dean Gov/
Pub Affairs/
Pub Pol
 262,650  262,650            *            *            *
Dean Graduate School  145,353  187,250  125,815    96,253            *
Dean Hth-Related Professions  131,931  192,200  140,634  100,982    92,475
Dean Honors Program  132,665  145,707  105,000            *            *
Dean Humanities  115,770  197,176  133,392  102,866    95,605
Dean Instruction    94,194            *  101,214  102,391    93,754
Dean
Journalism/
Mass Comm
 190,238  204,000  166,930            *    89,903
Dean Law  300,000  310,000  269,180            *            *
Dean Library Sciences  138,048  163,997  116,430            *    88,188
Dean Mathematics  102,157            *  157,790            *    96,255
Dean Medicine  484,730  501,350  388,125            *            *
Dean Music  183,641  197,515  144,999            *            *
Dean Nursing  133,419  213,840  127,264  110,500    92,776
Dean Occup Studies/
Voc Ed/Tech
   99,425  146,520  136,178  121,904    91,008
Dean Performing Arts  153,130  210,000  153,130            *            *
Dean Pharmacy  240,000  257,648  210,000            *            *
Dean Public
Admin
 142,000  226,569            *            *            *
Dean Pub Health  262,628  285,000            *            *            *
Dean
Sciences
 140,000  220,000  138,849  101,959    94,835
Dean Social Sciences  117,884  227,480  140,390    96,419    90,804
Dean Social Work  198,042  206,431  120,000            *            *
Dean Special Programs    95,078            *  135,800  102,816    87,000
Dean
Undergrad
Programs
 125,211  180,730  116,549  103,831            *
Dean Vet Medicine  253,860  257,720            *            *            *
Dean of Students    92,521  127,000    89,130    81,853    88,025
Instit
Adminis-
trators
         
Chief
Accnting
Officer/
Contrlr
 101,599  149,300    98,940    91,865    86,594
Chief Admin Officer  163,036  219,950  131,654  130,000  123,164
Chief
Architect
 110,411  124,375    99,273  101,567  106,680
Chief
Auxiliary Services
Officr
   99,024  135,758    88,471    88,356    86,455
Chief Budget Officer  110,052  140,040  103,875    95,717    93,625
Chief Purchasing Officer    83,265  107,907    75,039    71,311    73,189
Chief EO/AA Officer    98,025  106,575    88,512    80,255    84,077
Chief Diversity Officer  111,348  157,350    98,004    85,607    82,043
Chief Hospital Admr  426,002  414,224            *            *            *
Chief Veterinary Hospital
Admr
 160,000  159,000            *            *            *
Chief
Student Admissions Officer
   88,080  118,248    85,797    79,921    74,206
Chief
Fin Aid
Officer
   81,061  107,499    80,109    71,382    74,767
Chief
Student
Registr/
Rec Off
   78,641  105,752    80,000    70,058    69,156

Chief Tech Transfer Officer

 170,413  170,413            *            *            *
Chief Spons Resrch/
Prgms Admr
   98,088  121,422    89,211    84,191    84,419
Chief Contracts & Grants Admr    84,602    97,731    71,937    63,909    74,360
Deputy Chief Library
Officer
   85,785  105,137    81,590    77,316    70,223
Deputy
Chief,
Student
Affairs
   96,870  127,805    91,233    76,583    91,123
Associate VP/VC for Research  158,815  175,632            *    61,986    88,407
Deputy Provost  161,302  196,600  140,000  122,625  119,015
Assoc
Provost
 126,340  160,979  125,686  106,581    95,900
Asst Provost  102,092  123,896  102,167    85,000    97,011
Chief of Staff to Syst/Inst CEO  139,282  175,000  132,000  121,750  105,000
Heads of Divisions, Depts & Centers          
Dep Chief
Financial Officer
 104,971  134,474  102,926    93,845    80,218
Dep Chief
Facilities Officer
   84,867  110,250    81,124    73,080    69,711
Dep Chief
HR Officer
   82,307    99,200    75,695    71,993    79,699
Dep Chief Info/
IT Officer
 109,705  145,584  104,572    83,559    94,577
Dep Chief
Athletics Officer
   77,636  116,699    70,000    64,389    67,450
Dep Chief
Advance/
Dev Officer
 117,070  161,712  107,351  113,768    81,011
Dep Chief Budget
Officer
   90,000  105,001    77,498    71,400    76,760
Bursar    70,039    90,850    66,718    61,797    67,293
Chief Camp Bookstore Admr    60,750    91,323    62,762    54,771    62,142
Chief
Continuing
Ed Admr
   83,823  106,733    77,000    76,875    74,600
Chief Camp Distance Ed Admr    84,431  100,000    76,666    65,545    83,232
Chief Internatl Ed Admr    86,471  110,238    83,500    70,300    79,000
Chief Intnl Studies Ed Adm    79,268    90,695    73,137    76,822            *
Chief Environ
Hth & Safety Admr
   90,345  107,132    77,524    72,210    70,593
Chief Camp Risk Mgt &
Ins Admr
   93,933  113,500    73,485    75,828    84,274
Chief Camp
Sec Admr/
Police
   82,845  118,752    79,992    65,261    74,104
Dep Chief Sec/Police    71,124    91,147    64,655    57,486    61,085
Chief Parking/
Transport
Admr
   80,000    88,401    63,945    49,905            *
Chief Employment Admr    74,721    85,845    66,900    69,498    74,900
Chief Payroll Admr    65,920    85,136    60,024    54,050    63,432

Chief
Benefits
Admr

   74,316    88,478    64,212    70,700    73,331
Chief
Employee
Rel Admr
   87,590    94,640    84,686    87,435    81,113
Chief Classif/
Comp Admr
   82,861    87,600    71,473    80,825    82,343
Chief HR
Info Systs
Admr
   81,047    93,524    69,008    70,686    80,395
Chief
Training &
Dev Admr
   82,926    89,164    73,200    79,312    78,670
Chief Camp Food/Dining Svs Admr    93,178  111,850    85,833    89,217    64,311
Dep Chief Food/
Din Svs Adm
   71,724    80,651    61,800    64,050    46,291
Chief Research Park Admr  160,270  170,284            *            *            *
Chief Camp Real Estate Admr  120,716  123,316    94,395            *            *
Chief Camp Energy &
Util Admr
   95,821  103,640    87,403    85,413            *
Chief Camp TeleCom/
Netw Admr
   94,348  117,248    87,300    86,227    84,580
Chief Camp Enterprise Applic  106,245  125,000    97,978  100,518    94,904
Chief Camp Academic Computing    90,583  107,956    86,721    75,827    80,806
Chief Camp Adm Computing Admr    94,803  127,000    90,484    83,767    83,340
Chief Camp Research Computing  115,796  115,796            *            *            *
Chief Camp IT Security Admr  100,306  113,881    88,685    80,000    82,896
Chief
Student
Activ
Admr
   60,000    75,421    58,976    50,126    60,631
Chief
Student
Center
Admr
   79,335    93,500    67,935    64,877            *
Chief Camp Greek Life Admr    53,078    57,886    44,402    42,400            *
Chief Camp Acad Advising Admr    69,578    81,306    68,399    60,039    62,406
Chief Career Services
Admr
   69,919    90,000    66,364    63,242    65,000
Chief
Student
Counsel
Cntr
   82,670  105,000    76,943    74,614    69,364
Chief Stu
Hth Cntr/
Non-Med
   91,722  113,263    81,884    77,900    55,743
Chief Stu
Hth Cntr/
MD Admr
 163,958  180,000  142,268  158,013            *
Chief Stu
Hth Ctr/
Nrs/Prac
   73,383    84,447    72,000    63,728    71,998
Chief
Student
Housing
Admr
   70,206    99,000    68,000    56,000    52,498
Chief Annual
Giving Admr
   69,712    84,840    66,033    62,961    76,473
Chief Corp/
Fdn Rel
Admr
   85,010  105,325    78,893    79,296    82,871
Chief Planned
Giving Admr
   99,450  132,189    92,000    92,298            *
Chief Camp Alumni Affairs Admr    75,469  110,811    72,598    66,358    59,321
Chief Camp Major Gifts Admr    92,565  133,280    83,320    88,589    76,133
Chief Camp Donor Rel Admr    71,043    82,500    63,894    65,313    51,652
Chief Advance
Svs Admr
   71,732    82,050    66,950    67,002            *
Chief Camp Fed Gov/Legis Liaisn  142,413  147,716  129,630            *            *
Chief Camp State/
Loc Gov Liais
 117,000  130,784  103,796    98,550    92,561
Chief Camp Marketing Admr    85,000    99,978    81,600    76,506    75,878
Chief Publications Admr    73,963    85,905    65,707    67,861    77,917
Chief Study
Abroad Admr
   73,471    77,656    69,913    74,186            *
Chief Workf/
Career Dev
Adm
   87,000  105,864    75,406    59,200    95,543
Chief Bus Affairs Off, Coll/Div  101,156  106,117    86,828    73,188    94,939
Chief HR Officer, College/Div    80,541    82,676    70,000            *    77,532
Academic Associate/
Assistant Deans
         
A/A Dean, Agriculture  159,650  161,950            *            *            *
A/A Dean, Arch/Design  121,002  121,086            *            *            *
A/A Dean,
Arts &
Letters
   97,594  111,933    93,300            *    76,946
A/A Dean,
Arts &
Sciences
 109,685  130,115  101,729  101,577    72,685
A/A Dean, Biological & Life Sci  115,110  122,368  103,383            *            *
A/A Dean, Business  135,030  167,627  119,991    81,688    80,734
A/A Dean, Computer & Info Sci  112,706  159,492    98,700            *            *
A/A Dean, Continuing Ed    92,994  107,911    90,457    74,351    77,820
A/A Dean, Coop Extens  154,568  158,985            *            *            *
A/A Dean, Dentistry  184,297  177,132            *            *            *
A/A Dean, Divinity/Relig  102,578  113,329            *            *            *
A/A Dean, Education  105,000  121,772    99,797    85,345    72,841
A/A Dean, Engineering  148,784  156,150  128,383            *            *
A/A Dean, Ext Degr Prgms    83,139            *            *            *            *
A/A Dean, Fam/Cons
Sci/Hum Sci
 129,730  130,058            *            *            *
A/A Dean, Fine Arts    94,779  104,253    86,471            *            *
A/A Dean,
Forestry &
Envir Stds
 122,340  123,165            *            *            *
A/A Dean,
Gov/Pub Affrs/
Pub Pol
 136,805  145,000            *            *            *
A/A Dean, Graduate Prgms  103,551  118,736    91,880    88,752            *
A/A Dean, Health-Rel Profs  116,115  134,412  106,820            *    86,700
A/A Dean,
Honors Program
   99,114  102,025    80,043            *            *
A/A Dean, Humanities  106,837  127,039    95,433            *    78,088
A/A Dean, Instruction    84,050            *            *            *    82,267
A/A Dean,
Journ &
Mass Comm
 115,272  123,343            *            *            *
A/A Dean,
Law
 155,208  157,016  153,444            *            *
A/A Dean
Library Sci
 101,262  103,010    95,275            *            *
A/A Dean, Mathematics    82,545            *            *            *    75,464
A/A Dean, Medicine  203,609  210,185            *            *            *
A/A Dean,
Music
   98,796    98,796  100,122            *            *
A/A Dean,
Nursing
 114,990  135,046  106,090    83,671    78,197
A/A Dean, Occup/Voc Ed/Tech    85,206    99,567            *            *    80,043
A/A Dean, Performing Arts  100,000  100,260            *            *            *
A/A Dean, Pharmacy  146,719  152,981  136,017            *            *
A/A Dean,
Pub Admin
 110,311            *            *            *            *

A/A Dean,
Pub Health

 140,000  157,614            *            *            *
A/A Dean, Sciences  119,800  130,984  116,119            *    81,600
A/A Dean,
Social Sciences
 100,025  119,636    88,715            *    74,987
A/A Dean,
Social Work
 118,387  119,811            *            *            *
A/A Dean,
Special Prgms
   76,756    77,333    77,828            *    73,680
A/A Dean, Undergrad
Prgms
   93,264  118,861    81,219    86,706            *
A/A Dean, Veterinary
Medicine
 174,269  172,500            *            *            *

 

 

 

 

 

 

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