California State University employs over 29,000 faculty members, whose intellectual, social, and cultural influences benefit our students and help advance the academic mission. The CSU is committed to attracting, developing and retaining talented faculty at our 23 campuses throughout California.
As evidence of that commitment, a project task force was established in late 2021 to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) and select a compensation consultant with the capacity and expertise to conduct a comprehensive compensation study and provide input to the consultant throughout the study. The task force includes members of the Board of Trustees, CSU and campus Leadership and the California Faculty Association (CFA).
Earlier this year, Mercer, a leading global human resources firm, was selected to oversee and manage this project. Mercer will gather input from faculty and administrators to inform a thorough analysis of CSU faculty salaries and structures and then provide recommendations. Implementing any proposed recommendations will require negotiations with CFA and approval of CSU's Board of Trustees. All parties share a common interest to attract, motivate and retain outstanding faculty.
As part of the study, Mercer will:
Focus Groups for faculty and administrators will be held from November 4 - 10: Check your CSU email to obtain a link to participate.
Reference some of the common faculty and compensation study terms.
Go to the Faculty Definitions
Here’s some feedback to frequently asked questions about the Faculty Salary Study.
Focus Group Questions
Frequently Asked Questions