Median Salaries of Senior College Administrators, 2011-12

Deans of medicine, chief administrators of medical centers, and chief health-professions officers earn even more, on average, than do chief executives of college systems and individual campuses.

Senior executives and chief functional officers All Doctoral Master's Baccalaureate 2-year
Chief executive of system/district $326,250 $480,000 $272,500 $220,375 $255,439
Executive assistant/chief of staff for chief executive of system/district $129,095 $154,800 $85,000  — $137,778
Chief executive of single institution $255,849 $392,150 $265,000 $250,000 $170,157
Executive assistant to chief executive of single institution $101,329 $130,391 $97,957 $85,972 $76,208
Executive vice president/vice chancellor $190,000 $302,500 $184,000 $157,055 $147,000
Secretary of institution $90,639 $168,830 $79,170 $79,254 $64,135
Chief academic-affairs officer and provost $168,219 $281,162 $175,000 $149,167 $118,985
Chief research officer $212,107 $234,600 $126,189 $120,000 $96,541
Chief technology-transfer officer $164,317 $165,600 $109,242  —  —
Chief business officer $167,197 $236,022 $169,243 $154,500 $119,137
Chief administration officer $151,472 $210,810 $138,000 $125,050 $125,517
Chief financial officer $149,350 $210,250 $142,085 $132,000 $108,000
Chief investment officer $195,863 $218,000 $108,643 $200,000  —
Chief planning officer $126,760 $154,898 $116,658 $132,860 $105,398
Chief budget officer $107,100 $131,064 $96,452 $96,380 $90,831
Chief planning and budget officer $136,000 $173,102 $133,162 $99,050  —
Chief legal-affairs officer $172,977 $198,005 $140,000 $149,354 $130,083
Chief human-resources officer $102,861 $154,067 $98,345 $86,842 $90,672
Chief information officer $125,446 $200,000 $120,000 $105,880 $104,358
Chief physical-plant/facilities officer $104,836 $155,000 $102,068 $88,386 $81,369
Chief accounting officer/comptroller $100,105 $139,966 $97,000 $87,750 $90,977
Chief health-professions officer $350,947 $541,419 $96,000  — $108,286
Chief administrator, hospital/medical center $453,407 $566,733  —  —  —
Chief student-affairs/life officer $127,633 $194,056 $129,600 $112,790 $103,584
Chief admissions officer $90,000 $112,217 $85,315 $86,000 $73,997
Chief enrollment-management officer $129,738 $160,750 $130,594 $117,500 $91,185
Chief external-affairs officer $147,255 $210,000 $133,110 $138,801 $125,623
Chief development officer $150,000 $239,120 $150,000 $141,628 $93,000
Chief public-relations officer $105,000 $162,400 $97,728 $91,942 $87,575
Chief development and public-relations officer $147,900 $239,798 $146,000 $135,650 $85,191
Chief audit officer $104,545 $121,056 $86,799 $83,825 $86,917
Chief diversity officer $106,153 $149,524 $90,000 $88,085 $86,059
Academic deans All Doctoral Master's Baccalaureate 2-year
Dean, agriculture $215,000 $227,166 $143,129  —  —
Dean, architecture $195,000 $203,062 $129,038  —  —
Dean, arts and letters $120,175 $180,164 $123,390 $111,500 $90,000
Dean, arts and sciences $139,762 $220,829 $130,204 $109,984 $91,901
Dean, biological and life sciences $109,762 $210,000 $124,685 $96,226 $87,943
Dean, business $161,167 $290,700 $155,372 $120,077 $91,825
Dean, computer and information sciences $129,009 $219,330 $140,000  — $84,400
Dean, continuing education $111,882 $164,138 $115,507 $91,744 $92,803
Dean, cooperative extension $175,329 $177,981  —  —  —
Dean, dentistry $305,974 $322,500  —  —  —
Dean, divinity/theology $90,000 $144,198 $90,000 $77,768  —
Dean, education $136,378 $190,000 $126,075 $94,646 $92,351
Dean, engineering $220,884 $254,015 $175,000 $113,039 $81,312
Dean, external degree programs $90,028  —  —  — $90,028
Dean, family and consumer sciences $185,948 $187,000  —  —  —
Dean, fine arts $129,944 $180,816 $128,125 $108,985 $92,070
Dean, forestry and environmental studies $189,163 $192,479  —  —  —
Dean, government/public affairs/public policy $249,571 $265,800  —  —  —
Dean, graduate programs $139,922 $175,444 $118,450 $94,836  —
Dean, health-related professions $125,000 $186,480 $132,780 $111,608 $92,213
Dean, honors program $125,000 $133,469 $97,000  —  —
Dean, humanities $109,723 $189,276 $130,707 $95,325 $91,402
Dean, instruction $92,985  —  — $96,493 $91,553
Dean, journalism and mass communication $181,813 $205,000 $147,650  — $95,756
Dean, law $282,958 $308,254 $253,097 $268,580  —
Dean, library $125,763 $163,500 $113,013 $90,536 $86,615
Dean, mathematics $100,884 $120,000 $103,152  — $94,904
Dean, medicine $474,212 $486,997  —  —  —
Dean, music $157,663 $189,294 $98,940  —  —
Dean, nursing $129,600 $207,171 $120,701 $101,704 $86,498
Dean, occupational studies/vocational education/technical $95,150 $137,010 $135,429  — $91,073
Dean, performing arts $145,750 $189,638 $142,707  —  —
Dean, pharmacy $228,799 $236,500 $199,941 $189,625  —
Dean, public administration $144,728 $181,250  —  —  —
Dean, public health $285,500 $302,414  —  —  —
Dean, sciences $131,860 $210,000 $131,657 $110,000 $90,190
Dean, social sciences $108,760 $203,191 $131,250 $71,732 $90,122
Dean, social work $189,387 $199,700 $108,000  —  —
Dean, special programs $91,200  — $78,474 $86,803 $90,598
Dean, undergraduate programs $124,650 $161,247 $116,335 $92,000 $91,680
Dean, veterinary medicine $237,280 $235,560  —  —  —
Dean, multiple academic disciplines $113,818 $195,000 $122,500 $102,138 $90,739
Associate/assistant academic deans All Doctoral Master's Baccalaureate 2-year
Associate/assistant dean, agriculture $142,147 $147,653  —  —  —
Associate/assistant dean, architecture $111,836 $112,483  —  —  —
Associate/assistant dean, arts and letters $101,665 $118,255 $92,098  —  —
Associate/assistant dean, arts and sciences $102,040 $118,825 $94,074 $91,800 $76,259
Associate/assistant dean, biology and life sciences $114,824 $128,510  —  —  —
Associate/assistant dean, business $128,348 $162,129 $118,653 $94,093 $73,000
Associate/assistant dean, computer and information sciences $116,650 $139,896  —  — $74,406
Associate/assistant dean, continuing education $85,307 $101,212 $84,399 $67,994 $70,901
Associate/assistant dean, cooperative extension $149,455 $150,240  —  —  —
Associate/assistant dean, dentistry $171,570 $158,561  —  —  —
Associate/assistant dean, divinity/theology $86,434 $81,818  —  —  —
Associate/assistant dean, education $101,182 $119,661 $94,891 $82,670  —
Associate/assistant dean, engineering $139,932 $145,411 $120,000  —  —
Associate/assistant dean, external degree programs $85,247  —  —  —  —
Associate/assistant dean, family and consumer sciences $116,205 $123,213  —  —  —
Associate/assistant dean, fine arts $89,300 $101,700 $85,158  —  —
Associate/assistant dean, forest and environmental studies $118,926 $122,852  —  —  —
Associate/assistant dean, government/public affairs/public policy $126,690 $132,315  —  —  —
Associate/assistant dean, graduate programs $102,949 $112,570 $89,887 $71,875  —
Associate/assistant dean, health-related professions $104,197 $117,000 $96,420  — $80,608
Associate/assistant dean, honors program $92,518 $104,862 $72,799  —  —
Associate/assistant dean, humanities $96,139 $120,102 $91,688  — $70,500
Associate/assistant dean, instruction $86,909  —  —  — $89,004
Associate/assistant dean, journalism and mass communication $104,439 $108,105 $103,150  —  —
Associate/assistant dean, law $135,386 $136,404 $134,923  —  —
Deputy college librarian $92,362 $101,569 $81,000 $83,573  —
Associate/assistant dean, mathematics $73,144  —  —  — $71,077
Associate/assistant dean, medicine $180,620 $184,975  —  —  —
Associate/assistant dean, music $95,653 $96,321 $94,856  —  —
Associate/assistant dean, nursing $110,000 $122,672 $101,012 $84,645 $81,768
Associate/assistant dean, occupational studies/vocational education/technical $84,523 $96,554  —  — $76,811
Associate/assistant dean, performing arts $88,319 $94,229  —  —  —
Associate/assistant dean, pharmacy $141,243 $144,200 $132,350  —  —
Associate/assistant dean, public administration $89,587  —  —  —  —
Associate/assistant dean, public health $132,792 $142,091  —  —  —
Associate/assistant dean, sciences $116,971 $126,117 $107,771  — $83,020
Associate/assistant dean, social sciences $103,417 $117,500 $85,636  —  —
Associate/assistant dean, social work $105,539 $105,870 $96,350  —  —
Associate/assistant dean, special programs $72,625 $100,445 $63,340 $73,901 $63,607
Associate/assistant dean, undergraduate programs $86,923 $95,381 $75,100 $87,110  —
Associate/assistant dean, veterinary medicine $169,263 $164,463  —  —  —
Associate/assistant dean, multiple academic disciplines $98,298 $101,680 $99,807 $84,472  —
Academic affairs All Doctoral Master's Baccalaureate 2-year
Vice provost $158,476 $192,959 $133,900 $117,877 $118,728
Associate provost $120,000 $150,804 $118,450 $104,653 $89,760
Assistant provost $97,021 $112,551 $92,869 $87,679 $88,523
Director, institutional research $84,505 $114,415 $81,600 $75,000 $77,031
Associate director, institutional research $65,184 $78,112 $57,594 $51,963 $56,252
Director, international education $83,081 $104,566 $80,800 $66,777 $80,627
Director, international-studies education $73,566 $81,963 $70,132 $67,626 $71,477
Director, sponsored research and programs $95,000 $117,729 $85,750 $79,659 $77,403
Director, continuing education $74,762 $99,500 $73,077 $66,975 $70,668
Senior technology licensing officer $104,372 $101,900  —  —  —
Director, distance learning $74,778 $92,179 $71,050 $69,000 $69,947
Director, teaching center $85,514 $106,915 $80,751 $72,500 $76,962
Associate/assistant vice president, research $161,618 $167,867 $120,235  —  —
Director, museums $97,065 $123,000 $87,318 $89,716 $80,000
Director, education abroad $70,599 $79,280 $65,582 $67,391  —
Director/dean, work-force and career development $80,921 $82,000 $59,486 $63,000 $86,348
Director, graduate admissions $67,593 $75,781 $62,418 $60,000  —
Director, theater/performing arts center $79,080 $96,097 $70,032 $70,000 $77,678
Chief operation officer (nonfaculty), medical school $262,088 $247,056  —  —  —
Chief financial officer, medical school $194,729 $194,782  —  —  —
Chief admissions officer, medical school $93,659 $100,714  —  —  —
Chief financial-aid officer, medical school $78,040 $78,040  —  —  —
Chief student-affairs officer, medical school $152,493 $152,519  —  —  —
Chief development officer, medical school $162,260 $169,304  —  —  —
Chief information-technology officer, medical school $138,743 $124,240  —  —  —
Chief research officer, medical school $226,524 $230,081  —  —  —
Chief librarian, medical school $120,116 $124,098  —  —  —
Chief human-resources officer, medical school $124,773 $124,545  —  —  —
Director, library services $83,919 $159,768 $86,767 $73,441 $69,049
Acquisitions librarian $59,211 $69,770 $59,211 $53,625 $63,441
Head librarian, technical services $62,239 $82,037 $62,009 $54,325 $53,527
Head librarian, public/access services $61,217 $78,395 $60,274 $54,568 $58,366
Head librarian, catalog and metadata $60,645 $69,693 $56,552 $52,150 $69,569
Head librarian, collection development $67,551 $82,000 $59,371 $61,559  —
Special-collections librarian/archivist $60,984 $68,984 $54,939 $57,933  —
Director, educational media services $64,513 $85,685 $64,888 $58,706 $66,615
Director, learning-resources center $61,419 $79,200 $61,185 $53,415 $62,655
Associate director, admissions $56,107 $65,733 $55,145 $51,000 $55,924
Director, admissions and registrar $71,654 $103,370 $72,500 $62,385 $68,347
Registrar $75,000 $101,621 $75,808 $66,950 $63,225
Associate registrar $56,117 $68,890 $52,122 $49,986 $51,908
Assistant registrar $43,000 $51,209 $41,911 $39,624 $40,677
Director, admissions and financial aid $90,614  — $94,126 $121,290  —
Director, student financial aid $76,598 $103,500 $76,068 $67,759 $69,692
Associate director, student financial aid $55,000 $67,267 $53,000 $50,000 $51,000
Executive director, executive education program $152,847 $158,871 $136,800  —  —
Director, business development, executive education $88,915 $108,742 $63,334  — $78,669
Program director, executive education $73,000 $89,577 $67,175  —  —
Business and administrative affairs All Doctoral Master's Baccalaureate 2-year
Director, risk management and insurance $90,079 $103,248 $72,288 $77,823 $86,738
Director, medical-center public relations/external affairs $134,316 $153,306  —  —  —
Director, medical-center human resources $150,052 $131,065  —  —  —
Director, university research park $150,000 $159,098 $144,944  —  —
Director, contracts and grants $85,000 $97,650 $72,339 $63,658 $72,186
Director, college/university press $107,127 $124,000 $72,538  —  —
College/division business-affairs officer $95,766 $98,964 $87,230 $82,259 $104,785
Director/head, Title III program $64,609 $92,210 $63,653 $66,030 $60,431
Director/head, sustainability $74,778 $76,938 $67,368 $74,074 $69,388
Associate vice president, administrative services $120,846 $146,362 $104,040 $147,525 $87,800
Associate director, budget $84,107 $96,900 $76,293 $74,488 $75,606
Assistant comptroller $75,958 $94,690 $72,133 $65,699 $69,240
Restricted-funds accountant $59,720 $65,309 $54,768 $58,626 $53,402
Director, accounting $80,914 $97,850 $73,298 $66,000 $68,000
Bursar $67,764 $89,003 $64,066 $56,856 $61,328
Associate/assistant bursar $51,501 $61,350 $49,176 $41,200 $49,548
Director/manager, payroll $62,656 $80,000 $57,500 $52,084 $60,096
Director, purchasing/materials management $79,313 $99,988 $71,762 $70,130 $70,496
Associate director, purchasing/materials management $68,333 $76,371 $62,926 $48,714 $68,667
Director, auxiliary services $89,226 $122,350 $87,550 $82,658 $70,646
Director/manager, printing services $55,844 $73,723 $52,104 $47,077 $53,367
Director/manager, mail services $48,225 $55,756 $45,147 $39,666 $56,919
Director, bookstore $57,444 $91,803 $58,339 $50,080 $60,468
Associate director, bookstore $46,921 $65,497 $43,573 $42,755 $51,241
Director, food/dining services $87,147 $107,936 $82,830 $79,981 $65,790
Associate director, food/dining services $70,471 $77,250 $65,813 $62,292 $42,552
Director, environmental health and safety $85,062 $105,052 $72,971 $67,741 $67,399
Director, campus security/safety $78,843 $112,783 $76,628 $64,438 $70,000
Director, parking and transportation $76,732 $84,663 $62,510 $46,956  —
Director, real-estate and space management $109,800 $114,338 $83,604 $97,276  —
Architect for the institution $102,769 $115,700 $93,540 $93,623 $98,491
Associate director, physical plant/facilities management $80,835 $103,159 $74,965 $74,052 $69,933
Director, energy and utilities $93,023 $99,000 $87,125 $77,378  —
Manager, landscape and grounds $58,230 $72,067 $54,367 $53,437 $49,710
Manager, building-maintenance trades $65,805 $78,300 $61,500 $60,000 $63,896
Manager, technical trades $66,315 $73,445 $62,886 $60,954 $55,725
Manager, custodial services $54,253 $66,909 $52,737 $47,677 $50,889
Manager, power plant $71,145 $79,276 $65,220 $65,365  —
Human resources and information technology All Doctoral Master's Baccalaureate 2-year
Associate director, human resources $76,875 $95,002 $71,665 $69,840 $72,826
Director/manager, employee benefits $69,436 $82,870 $63,175 $59,800 $65,807
Director/manager, training and development $77,820 $83,200 $69,568 $79,009 $73,619
Director/manager, employee relations $82,591 $83,045 $81,398 $84,048 $78,185
Director/manager, labor relations $89,916 $91,544 $75,895  — $75,000
Director/manager, employment $69,075 $74,513 $62,385 $59,344 $70,000
Director/manager, compensation and classification $83,004 $87,711 $68,698 $82,946 $76,281
Director/manager, human-resources information systems $77,888 $90,397 $65,000 $66,658 $74,315
Director, affirmative action/equal employment $95,000 $102,875 $84,169 $76,362 $91,176
Associate director, affirmative action/equal employment $67,474 $66,437 $71,653  —  —
Director, human resources and affirmative action $81,948 $97,500 $83,619 $72,000 $79,263
Director, disability services $60,946 $71,200 $57,590 $57,885 $61,377
Deputy chief information officer $107,019 $144,309 $100,001 $84,458 $92,575
Director, academic computing $91,284 $114,851 $80,000 $86,985 $82,745
Associate director, academic computing $76,370 $90,701 $68,972 $69,600  —
Director, admininstrative computing $91,977 $123,600 $90,000 $83,363 $77,347
Associate director, administrative computing $82,026 $104,161 $78,024 $70,025 $63,690
Director, telecommunications/networking $91,275 $109,621 $83,900 $81,314 $86,089
Director, enterprise information systems $97,470 $118,357 $91,962 $86,700 $90,475
Director, research computing $106,403 $113,715  —  —  —
Director, enterprise data center $95,824 $105,000 $82,969 $87,055  —
Director, information-technology security $96,632 $108,831 $85,040 $78,198 $78,728
Director, instructional technology $80,000 $95,043 $77,475 $70,157 $66,950
Director, user services $76,956 $93,380 $72,000 $66,789 $71,097
Director, information management $85,818 $108,800 $73,187 $73,500 $83,380
Principal database administrator $81,118 $92,800 $78,847 $70,832 $72,000
Principal systems analyst $75,330 $93,557 $71,774 $65,842 $69,708
Athletics All Doctoral Master's Baccalaureate 2-year
Director, athletics $100,891 $212,300 $102,656 $85,860 $66,000
Associate director, athletics $71,400 $109,416 $65,074 $62,681 $58,960
Associate/assistant athletics director, sports information/communications $48,505 $63,432 $47,198 $43,000  —
Associate/assistant athletics director, men’s athletics programs $66,250 $150,645 $56,000 $53,226  —
Associate/assistant athletics director, women’s athletics programs $69,270 $96,425 $62,507 $57,249  —
Associate/assistant athletics director, financial and business $76,195 $99,000 $60,665 $72,389  —
Associate/assistant athletics director, operations $62,483 $79,284 $53,085 $54,884  —
Associate/assistant athletics director, external affairs $77,788 $96,237 $63,000 $50,233  —
Associate/assistant athletics director, development $78,000 $91,980 $65,000 $50,212  —
Associate/assistant athletics director, academic affairs $69,685 $79,688 $54,791  —  —
Associate/assistant athletics director, compliance $57,068 $74,394 $50,400 $46,910  —
Student affairs All Doctoral Master's Baccalaureate 2-year
Associate vice president, student affairs $102,000 $127,308 $100,400 $74,989 $90,539
Assistant vice president, student affairs $89,224 $109,304 $83,634 $61,500 $83,210
Dean, students $89,402 $115,900 $83,665 $82,336 $87,067
Director, Greek life $48,715 $57,529 $42,500 $45,613  —
Director, foreign students $58,924 $70,751 $56,621 $51,475 $60,351
Director, campus ministries $61,414 $84,852 $59,916 $59,041  —
Director, minority affairs $61,038 $73,520 $59,399 $53,040 $58,039
Director, conferences $61,639 $75,994 $60,075 $52,020 $77,424
Director, women’s center $63,896 $65,620 $57,637 $56,050 $75,677
Associate/assistant director, women's center $49,675 $46,527 $50,000  —  —
Director, student activities $56,338 $69,208 $54,690 $48,711 $59,531
Assistant director, student activities $42,189 $48,804 $40,760 $39,425 $43,213
Director, campus recreation/intramurals $64,691 $83,004 $57,540 $52,564  —
Assistant director, campus recreation/intramurals $47,200 $54,458 $41,876 $44,069  —
Director, union and student activities $72,598 $84,243 $70,000 $64,450  —
Director, student union $71,497 $86,250 $62,000 $57,656  —
Associate/assistant director, student union $52,747 $62,115 $48,025 $45,184  —
Director, academic advising $64,253 $74,551 $64,033 $57,129 $61,409
Director, career development and placement $66,977 $88,000 $64,262 $58,631 $59,249
Director, student academic counseling $66,472 $86,445 $63,857 $55,520 $69,035
Associate director, student counseling $60,576 $70,917 $53,851 $53,064 $68,880
Director, student housing $67,000 $98,545 $62,918 $55,450 $48,402
Associate director, student housing $52,849 $67,010 $48,042 $43,328  —
Housing officer/admininstrative operations $57,438 $65,774 $49,440 $42,475  —
Housing officer/residence life $45,576 $63,400 $44,886 $37,000 $32,519
Director, student health services, physician $152,470 $171,512 $133,879 $151,516  —
Director, student health services, nurse $69,912 $87,430 $68,500 $60,000 $69,867
Director, student health services, nonmedical administrator $87,653 $108,160 $75,413 $87,935  —
Director, counseling and psychological services $78,864 $100,005 $74,639 $71,882 $68,784
External affairs All Doctoral Master's Baccalaureate 2-year
Associate/assistant vice president/chancellor, development $120,580 $155,000 $104,602 $111,738 $102,528
Director, annual giving $65,265 $84,686 $62,310 $59,551 $71,193
Director, corporate/foundation relations $82,857 $100,000 $76,000 $77,060 $77,040
Director, planned giving $92,650 $118,315 $86,700 $81,599 $51,384
Director, alumni affairs $70,020 $104,320 $66,505 $61,295 $60,190
Director, development and alumni affairs $79,785 $91,020 $85,309 $66,992 $62,380
Director, major gifts $87,960 $118,995 $80,670 $80,000 $67,613
Director, development for school or college $80,223 $88,257 $71,259 $76,549 $76,565
Director, donor relations $64,715 $75,000 $57,025 $61,200 $67,474
Director, advance research/prospect management $68,949 $76,289 $61,200 $65,873  —
Director, governmental/legislative relations $128,750 $147,787 $107,792 $95,813 $98,602
Director, federal relations $131,693 $130,000  —  —  —
Director, state-government relations $110,000 $113,300 $99,282  —  —
Director, church relations $58,500  — $65,585 $53,204  —
Director, community services $62,664 $91,980 $56,832 $55,590 $62,021
Director, publications $70,000 $82,400 $63,720 $66,695 $72,714
Associate director, publications $57,533 $63,350 $55,000 $54,000 $62,821
Director, information office $70,222 $90,048 $66,666 $62,425 $61,327
Director, news bureau/service $70,000 $79,383 $57,062 $61,530 $62,606
Director, marketing $79,682 $95,846 $77,802 $71,048 $71,855

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