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Staff Classification and Compensation

The CSU Chancellor's Office is responsible for overall program design and development of classification and compensation programs. Campuses have delegated authority to implement these programs to meet their specific operational needs, consistent with the terms of the collective bargaining agreements.

Responsibility for the administration of classification and compensation programs on the campus has been delegated by the Office of the Chancellor to the President. The President in turn has delegated implementation of these programs to the Director of Human Resources (HR). Human Resources works in partnership with departments and colleges to support the appropriate and consistent evaluation of position classifications and equitable compensation.

Position Classification

A position classification system organizes positions into groups (or classes) on the basis of similar duties, responsibilities, and qualification requirements.

Classification provides for common treatment in compensation, qualification requirements, expected responsibility, and other employment policies and procedures.

Positions at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) are classified based on classification standards developed by the California State University (CSU) system. The CSU Classification and Qualification Standards are periodically updated by the Chancellor’s Office and are available at CSU Classification Standards.

Classification Frequently Asked Questions


The compensation program is part of a total rewards strategy that the CSU uses to attract, motivate, and retain employees. 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.