Faculty and Lecturer Pay (rates, dates and paychecks)

Receiving Paychecks

If you teach or work at UCSC during the rest of the year:

  • Your check will be delivered to the same place as fall, winter, and spring.
  • Your direct deposit continues in summer too.

If you are working here only for Summer Session:

  • Direct deposit is the fastest, most secure way to receive your paycheck.  More information about direct deposit can be found on the Payroll Department’s website.
  • If you choose not to receive direct deposit, your paycheck will be delivered to your home address via the US Postal Service and may arrive 3-5 days after payday.

Payment Dates

  • Session 1 instructors - full pay August 1
  • Session 2 instructors - full pay September 1
  • 8wk - half August 1, half September 1
  • 10wk - half August 1, half September 1

During the summer, students who are U.S. citizens, Permanent Resident Aliens, and Resident Alien (for tax purposes), are not exempt from DCP Safe Harbor and Medicare Deductions. For more information regarding Safe Harbor and Medicare deduction please visit the Career Center website, General Employment Information.

If you have questions about your paycheck deductions, dependents you claimed, retirement, etc. please contact Payroll at payhelp@ucsc.edu or 831-459-2488. Summer Session staff are unable to answer payroll-related questions.

Summer Salary

Senate and Non-Senate Faculty, Lecturers, and other Instructors


  • Salary is calculated per-course 
  • Instructors' rate is 1/9 (11.11%) of annual salary as of June 30 of the calendar year in which Summer Session begins
  • Instructors may teach more than 1 course - paychecks will reflect the sum of the courses’ salaries
  • Summer quarter teaching load maximum is 15 credits total
  • Term teaching load maximum is 10 credits per 5-week term
  • Co-taught courses pay each instructor half of their per-course rate

If an instructor does not have a current UCSC annual lecturer rate, Summer Session will use the standard rate of $66,259. That is $7,362 per 5-credit course. If a department finds that the instructor’s experience is appropriate for a higher level salary, it can provide Summer Session a different rate for AHR to use.

For more information on summer salary rates and policies, contact the Academic Human Resources Office in the Division of Undergraduate Education.

Instructors Teaching Courses under 5 Credits

Summer Session offers very few courses less than 5 credits, including a small number of 3, 2, and 1 credit classes and labs. Compensation for courses under 5 credits will be proportionate to the number of credits offered. Summer Session teaching compensation remains based upon the annual salary rate in effect as of June 30 of the calendar year in which the Summer Session begins. The following annual rates* will be applied based on the number of credits offered:

  • 4 credit - 8.88%
  • 3 credit - 6.66%
  • 2 credit - 4.44%
  • 1 credit - 2.22%

*These rates are pre-tax.

This change aligns Summer Session practices with other UC Summer Sessions and helps manage our instructional budget allocation.

Summer Session courses that are less than five credits will be prorated at a rate of 2.22% times the number of course credits.  If you think that this calculation results in too low a workload rate (and associated salary rate) for a particular course/lab/section based on the assigned and/or expected duties and responsibilities of the instructor of record, a request for an exception may be submitted in writing to the Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education and Global Engagement, routed through the Director of Summer Session, Monica Parikh (summer@ucsc.edu).  This request must come from the course-sponsoring unit (department or college) and include a rationale detailing why the course/lab/section warrants a higher salary (e.g. large summer enrollment, extensive course preparation, outreach, or curriculum development, etc.).  Also, include the number of credits that you think should be used to calculate the corresponding compensation rate. For each summer, these are due along with the Call for Courses: the Wednesday before Thanksgiving closure. 


  • All Summer Session purchasing must go through our purchasing channels. Pre-approval is required.  

Parking passes, bus passes, and gym passes