Sunday, September 12, 2010

CSCR Reading List: Salaries at the California Stem Cell Agency

Here are links to articles and California stem cell agency documents dealing with CIRM salaries, which are high compared to many state agencies and which have come under fire from time to time.

CIRM salary ranges

Searchable Sacramento Bee database on salaries of all state employees, including the University of California and the California state university system

CIRM compensation policy

CIRM compensation philosophy
This document attempts to make the case for the high salaries that exist at CIRM at some levels. Among other things, the agency says,
“CIRM employees must be intelligent, entrepreneurial, motivated, flexible, confident in their own abilities, and committed to stem cell science. To retain this special level of employee, CIRM’s employment policy must reflect and reward the uniqueness of a CIRM employee.”
It also says,
“CIRM’s anticipated life-span is 10-14 years, which rules out the possibility of a long-term career track that is available for many civil service positions in the UC system.”
Here are California Stem Cell Report articles dealing with compensation. Others have been published and can be found by searching on the term “salaries” on this web site.

A Matter for CIRM to Ponder: California's Visceral Reaction to High Salaries for Public Servants, July 25, 2010

Science vs. Salaries: What Do People Talk About? Dec. 14, 2009

Stem Cell PR, Salaries and Mixed Messages, Dec. 10, 2009

New CIRM Figures Show 25 Percent Budget Increase, June 17, 2009
“The largest component of the budget goes for salaries and benefits, which are projected at $7.4 million for 47 employees. That is $1.9 million more than this year's estimated figure of $5.5 million. Personnel costs next year amount to an average of roughly $150,000 in salaries and benefits for each CIRM employee.”
CIRM Executive Salaries Take a Hit, April 9, 2008
"Should the president of the California stem cell agency, with roughly 26 employees, be paid $300,000 more annually than the director of the National Institutes of Health, which has nearly 19,000 staffers?"
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