(AP) -- More than 400 employees at the University of Illinois'
campus in Urbana-Champaign are earning an annual salary of $150,000 or more.
The 472 employees in that category mark
an increase from recent years, but that number is down from 2008 when 528
employees earned $150,000 or more. The News-Gazette found that 155 employees
are in the $200,000-or-more category this year.
The stats show that salaries are edging higher after several years of
hiring freezes, furloughs, retirements and budget woes.
Randy Kangas is the university's associate vice president for planning
and budgeting. Kangas says the salaries reflect the fact that there's stiff
competition for faculty and top administrators among national universities. He
says when there's demand, prices go up.