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Classification and Compensation

Classification and compensation play an important role in CSUSM's total rewards strategy that encompasses not only a competitive market- and merit-based approach to pay, but also quality benefits, meaningful work and opportunities for career growth and development for our exceptional faculty and staff.

The Office of Human Resources is responsible for working with units to understand compensation programs, policies, and approaches that meet the unique need of our academic and business units. The OHR team has experience in developing innovative solutions in the following areas:

  • Facilitating the organizational leadership in interpreting and applying fair and consistent evaluation of positions and equitable compensation
  • Delivering up-to-date decision support research, analysis, data, tools, and structures related to compensation and classification
  • Auditing for legal and fair compensation practices
  • Systemwide classification and compensation analysis
  • Maintaining the CSU's classification structures


The California State University system has over 380 classifications. Every job on campus fits in to one of those classifications.

The CSU classification program is the systematic categorizing of positions based on duties and responsibilities as defined by position classification and qualification standards developed by the Chancellor's Office of the California State University.

Classification Review Process


The CSU compensation program provides pay for services rendered. In addition to base pay/salary, the CSU provides generous benefits programs, including leave and retirement programs. Individual campuses may provide recognition programs, career and developmental opportunities, or focus on work-life benefits that are of interest to employees.

Compensation Review Process

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