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Salary Programs and Scales

Find information related to academic salaries, programs, and scales.

Academic Salaries - General Information

Most academic appointees are paid salaries included on the official campus salary scales. The UCSD academic salary scales are governed by the UC Office of the President. Below are examples of how academic appointees can receive increases in salary:

Range adjustment (see APM - 610). Scales are adjusted for general salary increases approved as part of the state budget. Range adjustments may occur at any time, depending on the state budget. If you need to make salary projections, which include anticipated range adjustments, for contract and grant submission, visit the Office of Contracts and Grants' long-range salary projections website.

Merit increase (see APM - 610). Merit increases are awarded to individuals for achievements in teaching, research, and service to the University. Salary-only increases (see off-scale salaries) may also be awarded to individuals for such achievements when a full increase in step is not justified or if the individual is above-scale.

Promotion (see section relating to the appropriate title or title series in APM Section II, Appointment and Promotion). Promotions are awarded to individuals for achievements in teaching, research, and service to the University.

Academic Salary Scales

System-wide Scales

Link to UC Salary Scales

UCSD-Only Scales

The following salary scales are used on the UC San Diego campus.

Scale Archive

Campus Notices

5/25/2021 2021-2022 UC Salary Program

5/21/2021 Salary Increase for Policy-Covered Staff and Academic Appointees

11/23/2020 Proposed UC Curtailment Program and Senate Response

10/28/2020 A Message from President Drake: Consultation Continues on Possible System-wide Curtailment Program

12/6/2019 New Department of Labor Salary Threshold

 7/9/2019 2019-20 UC Salary Program

 6/4/2018 2018-2019 UC Salary Program

 2/5/2018 Guidelines for Academic Recruitments - Assembly Bill 168 Prohibits Inquiries About and Reliance Upon Salary History in Employment Decisions

 6/6/2017 2017-2018 UC Salary Program

11/28/16 Issuance Letter regarding Representing Librarian scale eff. 1/1/17 (pdf)

10/10/16 Issuance Letter for New and Revised Academic Salary Scales due to DOL Overtime rule (pdf)

4/28/16 Issuance Letter regarding 2016-17 Academic Salary Scales (pdf)

4/25/16 President Napolitano Letter regarding 2016-17 Salary Program for Academic Appointees (pdf)


 Historic Academic Salary Notices and Scales from the Office of the President

Department of Labor Overtime Rule

The new Department of Labor threshold is $684 per week ($35,568 per year) effective January 1, 2020.

Effective January 1, 2020, this threshold will apply to non-faculty, non-student academic appointees in research or administrative positions. See list of series below. In addition, new appointees in these titles will be classified as exempt if they earn $684 per week ($35, 568 per year) or more effective immediately.

Individuals in non-instructional academic titles who do not meet the minimum salary threshold will be converted to non-exempt status and transitioned to an hourly pay rate and bi-weekly pay schedule.  This includes all appointees in the Junior Specialist title and part-time appointees in the following series whose salaries do not meet the DOL threshold:

  • Research Scientist
  • Project Scientist
  • Specialist
  • Postdoc
  • Academic Administrator
  • Academic Coordinator
  • Coordinators of Public Programs
  • Continuing Educator
  • Non-Represented Librarian
  • Non-Faculty Recall

Key Dates

  • December 6-19: PPS update to end monthly appointment, effective 12/14/19, for converted employees (Do not add bi-weekly, non-exempt appointments at this time)
  • December 20: PPS update to add bi-weekly, non-exempt appointment, effective 12/15/19 and forward 
  • January 2: Monthly paycheck issued (partial month December 1-14th service days for converted employees)
  • January 8: First bi-weekly paycheck issued for converted employees

Implementation FAQ:

Important Information for Affected Employees

Vacation Cash Out Application

General Campus Compensation Plan (GCCP)

General Campus Compensation Plan Trial Implementation Guidelines


The General Campus Compensation Plan has been extended for one additional trial year from July 1, 2022-June 30, 2023.


UCSD adheres to the UCSD General Campus Compensation Plan Executive Summary and UCSD Implementation Guidelines that were approved by the UC Office of the President. The Executive Summary is an overview of the plan. The Implementation Guidelines provide guidance on eligibility, external funding, salary components, restrictions, roles and responsibilities, and the approval process. As a condition of extending the plan, new fund restrictions, additional data, and certifications will be required for participation. Changes are noted in the program documentation and on the request form.

During the fourth year of the Trial program, in Spring of 2022, the UC Office of the President will conduct a comprehensive review, considering task force recommendations, and make decisions about the program's implementation into policy or the termination after fiscal year 2022-2023.

Requests for participation in the 2022-2023 General Campus Compensation Plan (GCCP) will be due to Academic Compensation on May 16, 2022 (departments and divisional deadlines will be earlier).

Earn Codes and Job Codes

The salary components under the General Campus Compensation Plan (GCCP) must be properly coded to ensure the appropriate amount of UCRP covered compensation is recorded as well as agency salary caps, salary cap gaps, etc. A distinct set of Earn Codes have been programmed to track these salary components in UCPath. GCCP participation will be recorded as concurrent appointments in UCPath (See GCCP Job Codes list).

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

As the General Campus Compensation Plan is a new concept for general campus faculty and staff, a list of Frequently Asked Questions has been developed to assist with training and implementation. If you have a general question that is not on the FAQ, please contact your divisional dean's office contact, who may reach out to Heather Zion for more complicated questions.


The General Campus Compensation Plan Trial has been extended for an additional five year period, 7/1/18-6/30/23. To evaluate the continued feasibility and effectiveness of the plan, a number of metrics will be gathered each year. Departments, divisions, and central offices within Academic Affairs will all play a critical role in the data collection effort. The UC Office of the President produces an annual report, inclusive of metrics from all participating campuses, that is then shared with campus leadership and the Academic Senate.

Request Form and Salary Worksheet

Eligible faculty wishing to participate must submit a Request Form, Salary Worksheet, Research Details. The Participant, Fund Manager, and Department Chair must complete all certifications and necessary data fields on the forms. The document will then be routed to the Dean for endorsement. A pdf of the signed form will be sent to the Academic Compensation Office for analysis and final action by the Executive Vice Chancellor.

If you need assistance with the Salary Worksheet, please contact Adam DiProfio, Director of Finance and Budget, at

UCPath Job Aid

Please see the UCPath GCCP Job Aid for processing guidance.