For more information - Go to the USC Division of Human Resources
The institutional base
salary for faculty is determined by the specific type of academic
appointment and does not include bonuses (HR1.77
policy) or salary supplements (HR1.79
NIH - salary cannot exceed the established NIH
Total percentage of effort
(teaching, grant(s), consulting, etc) cannot exceed 100 percent.
salary = (base salary / base appointment period ) X summer time
| Example: 9
month faculty member working 3 summer months
divided by 195 days = daily rate
Multiply daily rate X the number of summer days to be worked (e.g.
( $80,000 / 195 ) X 65 = $26,667
NSF: Summer salary for faculty with academic-year appointments
is limited to two summer months.
- Consulting on USC
Projects: USC personnel that are acting as consultants on
a funded project must be identified in the "Personnel"
line item (not under "Consultant" line item).
Federal funds may be requested in unusual cases for effort that
is over and above normal work load and across departmental lines.
However, this request must be specified & justified in the
grant proposal and approved in writing by the sponsoring agency.
Section J 10 d.(1) of OMB Circular A21
- Release Time:
Release time during the academic year is indicated as the percentage
of time or number of person months to be spent on the project
and justified as such.
|Post Doctoral Associates
is determined by College/PI.
The minimum and maximum number of work hours per week for graduate
assistants are 10 and 20, respectively. A full-time graduate
assistantship is calculated as twenty hours (20) per week.
The percent effort for full-time graduate assistants can be
specified in the budget as either 100% or 50% as long
as it is clearly defined in the budget justification.
a Graduate Assistant is not enrolled in a graduate course while
working on the project, he/she must be paid as a temporary employee.
The total cost of the Student Work Experience should include salary
(at level established by department in accordance with Graduate
School policy) and appropriate fringe
benefits and tuition
guide or fee
- See USC Procedures
Graduate Student Work Experience
(for U.S. Citizens or permanent aliens only).
|Technical / Administrative Staff
- See SAM guidelines
in the Allowable Expenditure
Memo for determining allowability of administrative
or clerical salaries in federal grant and contract proposals.
- Temporary Grant
Positions: See HR1.85
A temporary grant employee who works at least 30 hours a
week may be eligible for health, dental and life insurances,
and retirement; however, actual benefits will be determined
by the principal investigator/project director and budgeted accordingly.
- Temporary Help [Unclassified,
Students during Summer (when not enrolled and attending classes)].
- a full-time or part-time employee who does not occupy an FTE
position, whose employment is not to exceed one year. [ADd
|Non-USC State Employees
|Non-USC State Employees are individuals who are employed by other State agencies and who are paid from the "Personnel" line item.
- Compensation must
be calculated per employing agency salary. Associated fringe
benefits are applicable and should be budgeted accordingly.
- A letter providing
written authorization from the employee's supervisor must be included
in the proposal package.
|Fringe benefits are the
required employer match to an employee's fringe benefits contribution
and includes all benefits for which an employee is eligible to receive.
The appropriate level of benefits for each employee must be charged.
sure to check the SAM web site for the current USC
Fringe Benefit Rates with each proposal preparation as rates are subject to change.
- To calculate fringe
benefits during an academic year, multiply the health insurance
amount by the percent effort or effort
in person-months of the employee.
- Health Insurance
is not charged during summer months for faculty with academic
appointments that are less than 12 months.
- Click to open a fringe benefit calculator.