UC Santa Barbara’s payroll in 2017 totaled approximately $500 million distributed to 17,174 student and non-student employees, according to data recently released by University of California Office of the President.

Median gross pay for non-student employees was approximately $51,500. Median pay for graduate and undergraduate student employees was $2,870.

Data courtesy of UCOP. Hayley Tice / Daily Nexus

Approximately 3.9 percent of all non-student UCSB employees, or 259 non-students, received more than $200,000 that year.

An additional 14.4 percent, or 968 non-students, received between $100,000 and $199,999.

Salaries for tenured and tenure-track employees across the UC system are below market by approximately 12 percent, according to a 2014 report from University of California Office of the President (UCOP).

Approximately 66.7 percent of undergraduate and graduate student employees at UCSB earned less than $5000, and approximately 79.9 percent earned less than $10,000, according to the data.

Professor Finn Kydland of the Economics Department received the highest gross pay of UCSB employees in 2017. His pay totalled $494,766.

Kydland received the 2004 Nobel Prize in Economics.

Fellow Nobel Prize laureate and materials professor Shuji Nakamura received the second-highest gross pay of UCSB employees: $477,125. Nakamura received the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2014 for the invention of the blue light-emitting diode and recently was awarded the 2018 Zayed Future Energy Prize.

Data courtesy of UCOP. Hayley Tice / Daily Nexus

Chancellor Henry Yang received the highest regular pay and ninth-highest total pay of UCSB employees. He received $414,949.

The top-paid employees in the UC system, however, work elsewhere.

Kydland was the 750th most-paid employee across the University of California, according to the data.

Across the UC system, two intercollegiate athletic coaches from UC Los Angeles, James Lawrence Mora and Stephen Todd Alford, were the first and second-most paid employees.

Mora received approximately $3.7 million in 2017, and Alford received approximately $2.7 million that year.

Data courtesy of UCOP. Hayley Tice / Daily Nexus

Daniel Dykes, a former head coach at UC Berkeley, received approximately $1.9 million in 2017 and was the eighth most-paid employee that year. The remainder of the top 10 most-paid employees in the UC system were faculty in the health sciences.

Most of the highest paid employee’s pay was classified as “other pay,” as shown in the graphs.

This category includes compensation for teaching summer session or university extension courses, negotiated extra pay for clinical care and research in Health Sciences schools, performance-based incentive compensation, compensation for summer research and other categories, according to UCOP.

You can download a copy of the data used in this article here and access UCOP’s searchable database here.


Hayley Tice
Hayley Tice serves as data editor for the 2020-21 school year. She can be reached at hayleytice@dailynexus.com or data@dailynexus.com.