The University of California spent $11.22 billion on its payroll last year, up 6 percent from the year before, according to figures released Wednesday.
Total pay to faculty rose by about 4 percent, while pay to nonacademic staff and management rose by 7 percent. Between 2006 and 2012, the system's payroll grew more than 35 percent.
Pay has been a controversial subject across the UC system in recent years as tuition has risen and state funding has lagged. UC officials say they pay less than other top-flight universities and will lose the best talent if they cut compensation by much.
UC's regents recently approved the hiring of a new president. Outgoing U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will take control at UC in September at a salary of $570,000 – about $21,000 less than Mark Yudof, the departing UC president.