Monday, May 05, 2008

And the Winner Is . . . Professor Lester?

From an anonymous tipster:

According to the University of California (and other public institution) salary database compiled by the Chronicle, who was the highest paid professor at Boalt (and the eighth highest paid person on the entire Berkeley campus) in the 2006-2007 fiscal year? Gillian Lester.

See for your self.

(that should pull up the database, searched by campus for the UCB campus)

My guess is that those numbers reflect some flukey one-time payment or something, but still. Very interesting stuff. You can search by name, or by campus, or whatever.

Of course Tedford is #1 in the entire system with $2,756,654 gross compensation.

19 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice to see some well deserved high salaries among our best professors (and by best I mean leading intellectuals - not necessarily good teachers).

5/05/2008 11:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What does extra pay mean???
She's awesome, but how is she making more than the Dean?

5/06/2008 2:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, if you scan through all of the salaries, Boalt's payroll looks like the Baltimore Orioles. Berkeley's lucky there's no professor free agency, right to arbitration, or "operation shutdown."

I bet some of the inflation at the top reflects a moving bonus or something like that. My comment above is mostly directed at the overpaid veterans and highly underpaid "run producers." I mean, Moran? Really?

5/06/2008 7:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you want to see something really interesting, compare our campus numbers with the entire Irvine campus. I mean, yeah, they are mostly the med school doctors, but... wow.

5/06/2008 9:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't really figure out where the bonus is coming from. Publishing? Teaching 1L classes? I don't get it, I just know that Bundy didn't get one and he's easily one of the best profs at Boalt. Maybe he just isn't an aggressive negotiator or something.

5/06/2008 9:17 AM  
Anonymous Colleen said...

Our first year here Anne Joseph O'Connell, as a second year professor, was the highest paid person at UCBerkeley. Now she shows up on page 11. 2006-07 would be Lester's second year, so it's something tied with their hiring.

Just a thought, but when a friend of mine was hired as a professor at UCSD, part of her deal was a rather substantial down payment on a house. Evidently that's very common, and you have a year or two to claim it. Could that be part of Lester's windfall? Because Talley made a decent bonus, as did Schwartz. Didn't they all come in around the same time?

5/06/2008 9:24 AM  
Blogger tj said...

Colleen: Yep - that's exactly my take on it as well.

9:17 - B*ndy actually works for a firm as well - maybe that has something to do with getting no extra cash on top of his regular salary?

MRP: Thanks for this post. I had been playing with the database myself and sending some emails to friends, but for some reason never thought to put it up. Well done.

5/06/2008 9:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Salary will depend a lot on whether you are hiring straight into the UC system without having been a professor elsewhere.

I have a friend who was a tenured prof at Harvard (not in law) and moved to Berkeley. UC matched his salary. So he makes more than a prof I know at UCSF who holds a named chair professorship. And the UCSF prof is one of the top in his field, but he's just been there for nearly his entire career, starting in the mid 80s. Likely the only way for him to bump up his salary is to get an offer from a large private university and make serious noises about leaving.

At private universities, it's common to offer cash towards downpayments. I know that UC will help out with getting low interest mortgages but am not sure about providing cold hard cash.

I really dislike the Chronicle's reporting on this issue. What, would they prefer every star prof take a pay cut and then leave the UC system? The strength of UC rests largely on the continued strength of its faculty and it's naive to except that they will take low ball offers just to be part of the system.

5/06/2008 9:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

7:35-I hope you are not trying to suggest Mora* doesn't deserve her salary. That woman is amazing and is on the cutting edge of scholarship both at Boalt and at the Institute for the Study of Social Change. She is also a great albeit sometimes scary professor. I have never had a more prepared professor at Boalt.

5/06/2008 9:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How do these salaries make any sense? Paul Schw**tz is a jerk who doesn't give two sh*ts about students and makes the second most at the law school ($344,665), while Shelan**i (former SCt. clerk, econ PhD) serves as an associate dean as well as a professor, is dedicated to teaching and to his students, and is very marketable in the private industry, - yet makes far less than most ($202,415).

(I admit it, I'm a Shelan**i troll. I can't help it. I love the man.)

5/06/2008 11:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone else that publishing professors salaries especially in the highly competitive law school market is a bad idea. I mean seriously, If I were any school trying to poach a boalt prof, I would know exactly how to make him or her a sweet deal having all of the salary info since they started.

5/06/2008 12:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A bad idea? Um, no.

Public disclosures of state employees is a really, really good idea.

The Chron has been on some kind of kick lately in publishing salaries of public officials all over the bay area. But that doesn't change the fact that the information is a matter of public record. Any school that wants to know how much a boalt prof is earning would have no trouble, with or without the chron article.

5/06/2008 12:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

M*P, I am very concerned that you used Prof*ss*r L**te*'s full name in your original post. By posting the full names of Boa** professors on this blog, an interested party might be able to find it via a Google search.

5/06/2008 12:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now I am going to spend all day looking up profs

5/06/2008 1:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Careful, 12:32. Start critizising the use (or lack of use) of asterisks for professor names and Patrick will hunt down your ISP number and delete your posts.

5/06/2008 2:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm more afraid that Arm*n will get on the first flight up here and throw a brick through my window.

5/06/2008 2:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you see on ATL's non-sequiturs the suggestion that since we're students at a state school, we can FOIA request the contents of our professors' work e-mail accounts?! Ha!

5/06/2008 3:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As some have suspected, Boalt gives substantial "moving bonuses." The highest paid profs on the list--Lester, Talley, Schwartz, Murray-- all are new profs whose first year of pay, including moving bonus, is reflected in the database. The more interesting, and important, number is the base pay number. Looking at those gives you an apples to apples comparison. Everyone can feel nice and fuzzy about their favorite prof, but if that person has been around a long time, the salary won't include moving costs.

5/06/2008 3:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scw*r*z told us in class that he just bought a new house. That down-payment 'bonus' being included in their salaries seems likely.

5/06/2008 4:01 PM  

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