California State University employs over 27,000 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).
In 2022, Mercer, a leading global human resources firm, was selected to oversee and manage this project. Mercer gathered input from faculty and administrators to inform a thorough analysis of CSU faculty salaries and structures and provided 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 has evaluated and assessed:
Mercer's findings confirmed:
Mercer presented their findings and recommendations to the CSU Board of Trustees in March 2023, and published the final report in September 2023.
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