Golden Gate Express | Salary adjustments for professors are lower than for CSU presidents


The California State University Board of Trustees approved a salary increase for presidents and faculty for the 2022-23 fiscal year, effective July 1. San Francisco State President Lynn Mahoney will see a salary increase of $27,000, from $378,000 to $405,000.

CSU presidents will all get a 7% pay raise, while faculty will get a 3% raise. The faculty had already received a 4% salary increase in the 2021-2022 fiscal year.

“Historically, linked to market factors, [presidents] are collectively underpaid,” said CSU senior director of public affairs Michael Uhlenkamp.

According Attachment C U&FP by the CSU Board of Trustees, presidents of Fullerton, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Northridge, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, and San Jose State University earn a median salary of $498,269. By comparison, the president of Georgia State University starting salary alone was $950,000 when he was hired last year.

“We are not trying to set the bar for our campus presidents, but if we are 20-40% below the median of their comparative institutions, that is going to present challenges in terms of recruiting and retaining these people. “said Uhlenkamp. “If we’re somewhere in the ballpark of the middle then that’s a perfect level.

In addition to the 7% increase, 14 CSU presidents will also receive salary adjustments based on their performance. The increases will range from 7 to 29%.

Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled the 2022-23 budget agreement in January, which then approved that CSUs receive $211 million in additional unallocated funding. The estimated budget plan surplus is $97.5 billion.

According to California Teachers Association, Governor Newsom “pledged” an additional $100 million to the CSU budget to “fully fund” faculty salaries. This would have totaled $311 million in unallocated funding.

On June 29, Assembly Bill 178 passed, which denied the additional $100 million in faculty funding and approved the $211 million in unallocated funds. The bill was signed by Governor Newsom the following day.

“I was very disappointed, of course, like everyone else,” said James Martel, an SF State professor of political science and chairman of the CFA San Francisco board. “I was sad that we couldn’t get the amount originally promised.”

According to Martel, there is a huge difference between the salary of a full professor and that of a lecturer.

“I don’t know the exact numbers, but full-time faculty barely hit six figures, or around $100,000,” Martel said. “Professor lecturers can earn between $20 and $30,000 a year.”

According CSU data in 2021, the average salary for academic year professors was $112,492, associate academic year professors averaged $97,128, and assistant academic year professors averaged $85,710 . The average academic year instructor salary was $60,790.

The median household income from 2016 to 2020 in San Francisco was $119,136, according to the Census Bureau. Full professors barely reach the median income and lecturers are well below.


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