USG Salary and Travel Expense Data

Method and Limitations

The 2019 fiscal year salary and travel expense data of all the twenty-six (26) USG institutions plus the public Georgia Military Colllege. All salaries were obtained from http://www.open.georgia.gov. This database  resulted in a total of 123,822 records categorized into 614  titles, some of which could not be matched with the 6/12/2018 USG published category names.  Any conference member wanting the full database should contact the Georgia Conference President Matthew Boedy.

Preliminary examination of the records reveals that there are 284 titles, of which fewer than ten (10) individuals per title employed. Figure 1 shows the number of titles (category names) corresponding to the number of individuals employed in 2019. For example, there were 101 different titles or category names each of which had one person employed. By no means should it be inferred here that these positions are not necessary. However, further examination of the data needs be conducted.

The salary tables represent the total payments made to individuals in a category during the fiscal year, and thus it does not reflect in any way the actual salary of the individual. There are 9 month, 10-month, and 12 month employees. Individual salaries by names are in the Excel file attached.

Some salaries of some presidents and coaches are paid from other sources, listed as “affiliate” in the open records database. We did not make any attempt to add those elements to our database. But it should be noted that Georgia State president Mark Becker receives a $500,000 bonus in addition to his $600,000 salary giving him “the highest annual compensation package of any system president, approximately $1.1 million.”  That bonus is not listed in the open records database. On a related note, UGA head football coach Kirby Smart’s base salary of $500,000 is listed in our database. But the open records database notes his affiliate salary of more than $6 million.

In the absence of information related to the monthly salary of each USG faculty and administrators, it is not possible to conduct any statistical analysis to illustrate salary dispersion/gap among various groups. Ranges of annual salaries of all of those who made more than $25,000 in 2019 are shown in Table 1.  In Table 2 and 3, 2019 salary and travel expenses for faculty and teaching staff and for administrators without their supporting staff are summarized.

Figure 1:
Table 1
Table 2: Annual Salaries and Travel Expenses Paid to Faculty and Teaching Staff

Note: “Academic Services Professional” generally can be support professionals such as advisors under the umbrella of academic affairs. In Georgia, at the research universities, “Academic Services Professional” applies to individuals whose job is primarily administrative but who are qualified by degree credentialing to offer instruction and who may teach on a limited basis.  Persons holding this title may not teach or conduct research more than 50% time.

This table above does not include any category using label “part time” or any graduate students, teaching or research assistants. 

Table 3: Annual Salaries and Travel Expenses Paid to Administrators

Units of the University System and Georgia Military College

  1. ABRAHAM BALDWIN AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE
  2. ALBANY STATE UNIVERSITY
  3. ATLANTA METROPOLITAN STATE COLLEGE
  4. AUGUSTA UNIVERSITY
  5. CLAYTON STATE UNIVERSITY
  6. COLLEGE OF COASTAL GEORGIA
  7. COLUMBUS STATE UNIVERSITY
  8. DALTON STATE COLLEGE
  9. EAST GEORGIA STATE COLLEGE
  10. FORT VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY
  11. GEORGIA COLLEGE & STATE UNIVERSITY
  12. GEORGIA GWINNETT COLLEGE
  13. GEORGIA HIGHLANDS COLLEGE
  14. GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
  15. GEORGIA MILITARY COLLEGE
  16. GEORGIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY
  17. GEORGIA SOUTHWESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY
  18. GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY
  19. GORDON STATE COLLEGE
  20. KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY
  21. MIDDLE GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY
  22. SAVANNAH STATE UNIVERSITY
  23. SOUTH GEORGIA STATE COLLEGE
  24. UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA
  25. UNIVERSITY OF NORTH GEORGIA
  26. UNIVERSITY OF WEST GEORGIA
  27. VALDOSTA STATE UNIVERSITY