Physicians Account for Many of UC’s Highest-Paid Staff Members
In 2008, physicians accounted for nine out of 10 University of California employees who are paid more than $200,000 per year, according to new figures from the UC Office of the President, the Orange County Register reports.
Out of the 254,095 people on the university system's payroll, 3,650 received more than $200,000 in annual pay. Overall, UC salaries have increased by 17% since 2006, according to the new data.
UC officials said the university system's salary figures are likely to remain static or decrease for 2009 and 2010 because of recent state budget reductions.
Pay for Physicians
UC physicians typically receive a base salary from the state as faculty members. In addition, many doctors receive additional pay from bonuses, hospital payments and overtime. Some physicians also receive money from foundations, private gifts and research grants.
Officials said UC physicians also receive high salaries because:
- California has a relatively high cost of living;
- Many UC doctors also serve as department chairs or in other leadership roles;
- Physicians generally receive pay based on 12-month work schedules instead of nine-month schedules;
- The UC system offers competitive salaries to attract top talent; and
- Universities sometimes use medical center profit to help fund physician salaries and other resources (Leal, Orange County Register, 12/2).