May 2022 Advocate: Comparing SMCCCD adjunct instructional pay to neighboring districts

District salary comparisons

How does SMCCCD adjunct instructional pay compare to neighboring districts?

Despite significant increases in pay rates for SMCCCD adjunct instructional faculty over the last three-year contract, the actual pay-per-class compensation still lags behind the Marin, Mission/West Valley and San Francisco districts. Our district is also the only one of the six districts between San Jose and Marin that still continues to pay part-time instructors on an hourly rather than on a unit-load based rate. All of the other districts pay instructional adjunct faculty a set percentage of full-time instructional faculty (often referred to as a “parity’ percentage)—from 95% at Marin to 68.38% at San Jose/Evergreen—and adjunct instructional faculty in all of those other districts are paid on a “mirrored schedule” which has the same columns (reflecting educational levels) as full-time faculty. (For example, click here to view the Mission/West Valley district’s instructional adjunct faculty salary schedule.)

Adjunct faculty in our district are not paid at a set percentage of full-time faculty; the parity percentage depends on which step on the salary schedule and what educational level is compared. For example, an adjunct instructor at Step 1 with an MA makes 69% of a full-time instructor with the same experience and educational level, while a part-timer at Step 10 and has an MA plus 30 additional units makes 75.2% of a full-time instructor with the same experience and educational level. Paying by load rather than by hour provides a clear and equitable way to set adjunct instructional faculty pay rates at a uniform parity percentage of full-time faculty. In the last round of contract negotiations AFT and the District agreed to form a group to study the logistics of moving to load-based pay for adjunct instructors in the next contract.

Comparison of 2021-22 Part-Time Faculty Compensation
for SMCCCD and Neighboring Districts
Based on teaching one 3-unit class

SMCCCD * Marin  Mission/WV SJ/Evergreen CCSF Foothill *
Parity
% of FT

Not set

95%

78-79%

68.38%
 

86%


83.5%
Step 1
w/ MA
5408.55
(69% of FT)
6855.96 6132.20 5376.20 5667.40 5222.82
Step 5
MA+15
6688.31
(71.5% of FT)
7685.88 7301.00 6409.80 6815.50 6205.59
Step 10
MA+30
8184.65
(75.2% of FT)
9144.51 8996.20 7497.60 8193.22 7384.92
Highest Step w/ Doctorate 8430.47
(59.3% of FT)
11149.48 11307.00 8347.00 10030.18 8564.25


Click on the linked name of each district in the chart above to view the salary schedules for that district
* SMCCCD: Calculation to translate hourly rate to 3-unit load: Hourly Rate x Hours/Week (3) x Weeks/Semester (17.5) + Office Hour Rate x Weeks/Semester (17.5)
* Foothill schedule is from 2019-20 (no newer schedule has been negotiated) (All other districts’ schedules above are 2021-22)
District names with yellow background indicate “Basic Aid”/”Community-funded” districts


The District has agreed to an ongoing commitment that, until SMCCCD achieves the parity goal of 85% for instructional adjuncts, the District will commit funds to closing the parity gap over and above the money it makes available for compensation and benefits improvements for all faculty. (Because the parity percentages of adjunct non-instructional faculty pay rates are currently significantly higher than those of instructional faculty, those rates will not reflect those increases made specifically for instructional faculty; adjunct non-instructional faculty will continue to receive the same percentage pay increases as negotiated for all faculty.)

New “Mirrored Schedule” begins in Fall 2022

One of the final items the District agreed to in the last round of contract negotiations was to give adjunct instructors all 25 experience-based salary steps currently available to full-timers, rather than the 11 that adjuncts currently have. Beginning in Fall 2022, instructional adjuncts will therefore have a full “mirrored schedule” with all the steps (to recognize experience) and columns (to recognize education) that full-timers have. The new schedule will be created by making Steps 1-11 on the 2021-2022 adjunct instructional schedule Steps 1-11 of the Master’s column on the new schedule, then building out the other columns and steps using the percentage differences between columns and steps on the full-time salary schedule. The following special conditions will apply:

  • Adjunct instructors with a Master’s, MA+45 units, MA+60 units, or PhD/EdD/JD will be placed into the column corresponding to that degree.
  • Adjunct instructors who do not have a Master’s, and who are on a 2021-2022 SMCCD seniority list, will be placed into the Master’s column.
  • Adjunct instructors who have been at Step 11 for at least three years will be placed at Step 14. All other adjunct instructors will be placed one step above their 2021-2022 step.

When the new mirrored schedule is established, all adjunct instructional faculty members will receive some pay increases, but those with higher levels of education will receive greater pay bumps. In the fall, The Advocate will produce and publish an updated set of calculations showing pay parity percentages for adjunct instructional faculty at different placements on the new salary schedule.