Despite a nearly $200 million cut to the University of Hawaii‘s operating budget this year, most faculty and staff actually saw their salaries go up this year.

That’s because under a six-year labor contract that began on Jan. 1, 2010, UH agreed to restore faculty pay to 2009 levels in the middle of this year — and add raises in 2013 and 2014.

Lawmakers approved a $902.3 million budget for the 10-campus public university system — an 18 percent decrease from the fiscal year that ended June 30.

Part of this year’s budget included about $28 million to put university employees back to work on furlough days. It also included funds to restore those 6.7-percent pay cuts imposed on most professors on Jan. 1, 2010. It’s not clear how much that restoration cost, but the cuts were expected to save $44 million over two years.

Approximately 70 percent of the university’s budget is devoted to salaries and benefits for its 7,466 full time employees, including health coverage and pension benefits. UH has budgeted $123 million this year for retirement contributions and $79 million for health premiums for employees.

The bulk of UH’s salary costs are tied to its flagship Manoa campus — almost 64 percent of total salary costs — according to a Civil Beat analysis of salary data. That compares with the University of Hawaii-West Oahu campus, which makes up 1.4 percent of UH’s salary budget.

Here’s a breakdown of salary expenses by campus:

Campus/Department Salary Costs %
University of Hawaii at Manoa $292,840,166 63.7
University of Hawaii at Hilo $34,080,958 7.4
UH System Offices $25,338,952 5.5
Kapiolani Community College $23,713,194 5.2
Leeward Community College $19,132,685 4.2
Honolulu Community College $17,251,996 3.7
University of Hawaii at Maui College $13,986,784 3
Hawaii Community College $11,494,889 2.5
Windward Community College $8,087,722 1.8
Kauai Community College $7,503,235 1.6
University of Hawaii-West Oahu $6,645,144 1.4

Civil Beat filed a request under the state’s open records law with the university, asking for the names, positions and salaries of all UH employees.

UH provided a list of 7,466 employees, organized by department. For employees represented by the Hawaii Government Employees Association, United Public Workers union and the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly, the university provided salary ranges.

UH provided Civil Beat with a mix of actual salaries or ranges and salary codes.

Average Salary by Campus

Among the campuses, not including the systemwide offices, the Manoa campus has the highest average salary at between $65,659 and $85,0401. The graphic below shows the highest paid employee, UH Manoa football coach Greg McMackin, earns $1.1 million.

Salary Costs Per Student

The budget cuts come at a time when UH is experiencing record enrollment numbers, with an all-time high of 60,090 students statewide.

Salary expenses this year at UH Manoa run about $14,827 and $19,508 per student — about $100 more than last year and still the highest rate among the campuses. UH Hilo students spend the next highest amount — between $8,783 and $11,662.

Below is a searchable database of all UH employees for the 2011 and 2012 fiscal years. You can search by first and last name, department, job title, salary range and year.

Lena Tran contributed to this story.

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