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Report: If you teach at a UC school, you're probably underpaid

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UCLA students protest tuition increases at a Board of Regents meeting. The system has been hit with multi-millions in state funding cuts that officials fear make it less competitive in retaining first-class faculty.

If you teach at the University of California, you're probably paid less than your peers in similar positions at competing schools, according to the system's annual report on employee compensation released today.

The systemwide report on 2011 compensation found that pay for many UC employees is "significantly below market" and that salary increases for non-union employees have been minimal or nonexistent since 2008. 

A 2009 study found that many UC employees received less money than those working in similar positions elsewhere. At the time faculty received about 10 percent less than their peers at competing institutions. Officials believe this problem has likely grown worse, but have not been able to afford a repeat study, said UC spokeswoman Dianne Klein.

"The feeling is the lag is even greater because while everybody is getting raises, we aren’t," Klein said.

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