Salaries for district employees over $90,000 posted online

Sarah Black

Information on South Orange County Community College District (SOCCCD) administrators, faculty and classified staff making over $90,000 is now available to the public.

Salaries have already been posted in the SOCCCD board agenda, containing salaries of employees throughout the district including Saddleback, Irvine Valley College and district services.

“The significance of posting salaries is that district employees are public employees, therefore salaries are public information,” said Tracy Daly, the district’s director of public affairs. “We are living in an era of increased scrutiny and accountability regarding salaries and benefits of public employees, particularly in light of state and national budget issues and the controversy of the City of Bell salary scandal.”

Daly added that the board has requested this report for the last few years.

The most current report is from the 2007-2008 fiscal year and is put into the categories of academic administration, faculty and classified leadership, and then into base salary, additional earnings and total benefits.

Additional earnings include overload, overtime, stipends and summer work. Total benefits include district-paid Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS), State Teachers Retirement System (STRS), Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI), Medicare, unemployment and worker’s compensation insurance, and health and welfare. Benefits are applicable to individual employees.

According to the report, the highest base salaries range from $248,009 for the Chancellor in the administrative category to $85,764 for the Director of Learning Assistance in the classified management category.

A breakout of classified employees making over $90,000 was not provided, yet the summary totals on the last page of the report show there were 11 during that fiscal year.

One counselor is shown to have made $143,000 for the 2007-2008 year while the payroll manager made $105,000 for the same year.

Also available online are SOCCCD salary schedules, showing the various ranges from low to high for various fiscal years.

For the 2007-2008 fiscal year, the six ranges for academic administration are between $219,029 to $116,555.

Effective July 1, 2009, the annual academic salary schedule for faculty for the 2009-2010 fiscal year begins at $55,117 at the low range to $121,256 in the high range. Those with a doctorate receive a stipend of $3,334. The chart represents a one percent increase over the previous year.

The classified management annual salary schedule contains 10 different salary ranges, and within each range, 10 levels of pay grade. A manager can make as low as $44,000 working part time annually or up to $173,000 full time with overtime annually. The document breaks out those in management positions in an alphabetical grid by salary range.

Classified employees, or Classified Bargaining Unit, salaries have the greatest number of salary ranges and six steps of pay grades. An entry-level office clerk or receptionist starts at an hourly salary of $16.536 while a Step 6 database administrator is paid $55.327 per hour.

For more information on salaries schedules for SOCCCD administrators, faculty and staff, visit