Modest Raises for Senior Administrators

Survey finds smaller gains in 2015-16 than have been the case since 2011-12.

March 14, 2016
 

Senior administrators saw only modest salary gains in 2015-16, according to a survey being released today by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources.

The survey found that the median base salary increase this academic year for senior administrators for all institutions was 2.1 percent. Last year that figure was 2.4 percent. (A full report may be ordered from CUPA-HR here.)

The median raises differed by institution type. At private colleges and universities, the median gain was 2.2 percent, while the figure was 2 percent at public institutions. This is a reversal from the previous two years, when public gains outpaced those of privates.

Senior administrators at doctoral institutions also saw a larger median salary increase (2.5 percent) than those at bachelor's institutions (2.3 percent) or master's institutions and community colleges (both 2 percent).

Other findings of the survey:

  • The median base salary for a CEO at a single institution ranged from $190,000 at community colleges to $452,370 at research universities.
  • The median base salary for a chief academic officer ranged from $132,940 at community colleges to $353,796 at research institutions.
  • In many job titles, there is a significant public-private salary gap (with administrators earning more at private institutions). The gap is $50,000 for college and university presidencies.
  • In most senior administrator positions, men occupy the overwhelming majority of jobs. The only job title for which women occupy a substantial majority is chief human resources officer, where women hold about 75 percent of positions.
  • The highest-paid deans were in medicine, dentistry, law, public health and engineering.

The following table has survey data for many key senior administrative positions.

Median Salary by Institution Type, 2015-16

  Research Institutions Master's Bacc. Assoc.
CEO-Single Inst/Campus within Syst       $452,370   $303,125     $285,000    $190,000
Exec VP/Vice Chancellor       399,889   191,493     140,680    139,090
Chief Acad Affrs Officer/Provost       353,796   196,228     166,000    132,940
Chief Business Officer       284,622   190,064     170,320    128,687
Chief Athletics Admr       287,951   118,970       95,880      83,540
Chief Audit Officer       150,750     92,069       99,193    104,772
Chief Devel/Advanc Officer       309,000   165,036     155,194    105,850
Chief Enroll Mgmt Officer       195,341   146,918     134,666    107,983
Chief External Affrs Officer       234,000   145,260     105,000    133,834
Chief Facilities Officer       189,728   114,729       96,823    100,428
Chief Financial Officer       268,350   152,579     150,119    123,687
Chief HR Officer       190,230   108,684       91,235    103,307
Chief Info/IT Officer       239,850   132,200     111,295    111,613
Chief Instl Plan Officer       200,000   128,200     141,500    109,873
Chief Instl Rsrch Officer       130,262     90,000       85,500      85,827
Chief Investment Officer       308,259   108,444     285,000              *
Chief Legal Affrs Officer       243,120   160,000     170,000    155,296
Chief Library Officer       206,717     97,977       79,149      75,547
Chief Pub Rel Officer       198,067   105,000       97,025      86,237
Chief Research Officer       291,116   159,516       89,230    110,740
Chief Std Affrs/Std Life Officer       222,860   140,000     124,650    109,951
Dean Arts and Sciences       252,694   143,092     121,643      98,057
Dean Business       330,000   179,280     129,902      97,360
Dean Continuing Ed       199,874   120,000       99,383      97,865
Dean Education       218,245   137,573       98,880    104,841
Dean Engineering       292,992   195,738     180,202    102,000
Dean Fine Arts       214,058   138,413     105,000    102,235
Dean Graduate School       204,962   131,484       93,296              *
Dean Health-Related Profs       209,000   146,979     113,182    104,977
Dean Honors Prgm       160,283   112,875               *              *
Dean Humanities       243,686   141,908       96,000    101,340
Dean Law       328,750   279,313               *              *
Dean Library Science       191,660   126,072               *      90,934
Dean Nursing       239,700   140,000     106,287      95,545
Dean Sciences       255,000   145,648     105,550      97,000
Dean Students (with/w'out fac status)       136,476     97,743       85,104      92,811
Chief Acctg Officer/Controller       171,585   102,065       94,996      92,694
Chief Adm Officer       244,004   144,500     153,389      88,965
Chief Architect for the Inst       137,421   100,000     101,906    113,313
Chief Aux Servs Officer       146,337     94,702       93,811      85,660
Chief Budget Officer       153,395   108,150     104,200      96,171
Chief Purchasing Officer       118,876     81,315       71,950      77,010
Chief Equal Opportunity/AA Officer       120,000     94,153       97,441      96,751
Chief Diversity Officer       164,530     98,157       91,350      96,593
Chief Std Admsns Officer       126,716     90,237       82,897      74,625
Chief Std Financial Aid Officer       120,000     84,145       76,000      78,857
Chief Std Registr/Records Officer       121,118     82,000       71,925      75,585
Chief Techngy Transfer Officer       174,871     88,663               *              *
Chief Spnsd Rsrch/Prgms Admr       132,445     92,453       88,385      93,311
Chief Contracts and Grants Admr       102,999     75,696       68,850      80,498
Dep Chief Library Officer       120,000     81,049       68,551      72,252
Dep Chief-Std Affrs       142,800     90,994       81,421      87,904
Dep Chief Rsrch Officer       190,860     95,451               *      86,611
Dep Provost       214,242   147,187     135,000    133,121
Assoc Provost       172,405   131,803     110,022    105,000
Asst Provost       133,800   105,000       96,900    100,406
Chief of Staff to Sys or Inst CEO       190,400   132,182     134,990    111,504
Dep Chief Financial Officer       160,000   117,264     113,050      83,853
Dep Chief Facil Officer       122,888     88,028       78,206      78,944
Dep Chief HR Officer       129,350     78,084       77,235      83,250
Dep Chief Info/IT Officer       159,453   105,008       95,000    100,336
Dep Chief Athl Officer       130,000     74,578       63,109      70,799
Dep Chief Advanc/Devel Officer       203,796   110,960     111,928      98,838
Dep Chief Budget Officer       116,390     86,997       78,000      85,860
Bursar       105,157     70,571       63,518      70,218
Chief Camp Bookstore Admr       100,513     65,595       56,966      64,055
Chief Camp Continuing Ed Admr       125,723     87,047       75,187      86,756
Chief Camp Distance Ed Admr       114,409     84,645       68,071      85,680
Chief Camp Intl Ed Admr       125,007     85,000       70,040      84,062
Chief Camp Intl Studies Ed Admr         97,665     73,950       84,475              *
Chief Envrml Hlth and Safety Admr       120,890     82,288       78,393      76,103
Chief Camp Risk Mgmt and Ins Admr       113,188     82,103       92,700      83,991
Chief Camp Sec Admr/Police Chief       134,330     83,000       70,608      79,938
Dep Chief Camp Sec Admr/Asst Pol Chf         97,665     67,773       60,355      70,167
Chief Camp Parking/Transport Admr         96,594     65,577       69,149              *
Chief Camp Empl Admr         96,828     68,268       67,727      75,425
Chief Camp Payroll Admr         92,150     63,964       59,973      64,535
Chief Camp Benefits Admr         98,193     72,000       75,200      77,572
Chief Camp Employee Rel Admr       101,358     86,433       90,632      83,073
Chief Camp Class and Comp Admr       100,124     77,714       84,441      85,405
Chief Camp HR Info Sys Admr       109,000     73,315       73,214      85,753
Chief Camp Training and Devel Admr         93,275     85,593       72,500      81,110
Chief Camp Food/Dining Servs Admr       121,154     87,587       93,520      65,236
Dep Chief Camp Food/Din Srvs Admr         85,514     69,784       71,225      56,540
Chief Camp Energy and Utilities Admr       112,850     92,773       86,275      85,511
Chief Camp Telecom/Netwkg Admr       135,540     92,731       90,079      88,728
Chief Camp Enterprise Apps Admr       135,109   101,694     103,075    101,691
Chief Camp Acad Comp/Instr Tech Admr       128,060     88,835       85,590      85,000
Chief Camp Admin Comput Admr       136,806     94,760       85,536      86,970
Chief Camp IT Sec Admr       136,990     92,535       87,067      94,531
Chief Camp Std Activities Admr         86,440     61,203       52,500      64,888
Chief Camp Std Ctr Admr         98,661     71,862       56,050      57,120
Chief Camp Greek Life Admr         66,281     51,718       47,560              *
Chief Camp Acad Advising Admr         88,500     70,061       69,700      66,890
Chief Camp Career Servs Admr       102,000     70,000       65,453      70,460
Chief Camp Std Counseling Ctr Admr       113,165     80,054       78,462      70,231
Chief Camp Std Hlth Ctr-Non-Med Admr       123,177     83,339       86,648              *
Chief Camp Std Hlth Ctr-Physician Admr       190,636   151,509     173,735              *
Chief Camp Std Hlth Ctr-Nurse/NP Admr         96,614     79,576       63,584      73,167
Chief Camp Std Housing Admr       113,000     71,250       57,691      54,324
Chief Camp Annual Giving Admr         91,880     69,099       67,607      67,567
Chief Camp Corp/Found Rel Admr       125,000     81,029       85,336      90,114
Chief Camp Planned Giving Admr       145,230     93,320       97,648              *
Chief Camp Alumni Affrs Admr       136,680     77,127       70,193      62,998
Chief Camp Major Gifts Admr       152,004     91,800     100,079      72,099
Chief Camp Donor Rel Admr         92,069     69,935       70,026      71,400
Chief Camp Advanc Servs Admr         93,177     75,339       71,970              *
Chief Camp State/Loc Gvt/Legis Liaison       148,708   102,501     104,959      93,849
Chief Camp Marketing Admr       112,756     88,910       78,433      78,199
Chief Camp Pubs Admr         95,258     72,574       72,843      82,710
Chief Camp Study-Abroad Admr         82,405     70,457       75,055              *
Chief Bus Affrs Officer-Col/Div       107,700     85,960       97,016    110,482
A/A Dean Arts and Sciences       133,020   106,000     113,713      77,032
A/A Dean Business       191,715   126,297     106,631      79,316
A/A Dean Education       135,595   103,280       92,247      80,777
A/A Dean Engineering       164,340   134,773               *              *
A/A Dean Graduate Prgms       124,189     97,270       90,435              *
A/A Dean Health-Related Profs       142,100   112,535               *      89,132
A/A Dean Nursing       138,471   110,230       90,725      89,060

 

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