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  • Writer's pictureShea Swauger

Salary equity requires transparency

Updated: Mar 4, 2022

Update March 4, 2022: I've been told that the CU System only compiles salary data once a year in September and then is validated by campus offices over the next few months and then released in January. My contact for asking questions and getting these spreadsheets is

Michael Sandler

Vice President for Communications

University of Colorado

The most recent data I can get is the spreadsheet 'FY22 Personnel CU Roster' on top. The year before is underneath:

FY22 Personnel CU Roster (All Campuses) FULL DATA REQUEST
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FY21 Personnel CU Roster (All Campuses-F
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One of the main ways employers hide wage discrimination is to make it against policy, or at least taboo, to discuss how much people are paid. This secrecy allows employers to pay women less than men, BIPOC people less than white people, and disabled people less than non-disabled people. One tool to fight for wage equality is wage transparency. If everyone knows what everyone else earns, it's easier to ask questions and raise concerns.

My employer, The University of Colorado, makes it pretty difficult to find out what people get paid. They have a Salary Information portal that doesn't list names, the data isn't downloadable, and it hosts over 27,000 records but you can only see 50 at a time! Even if you can parse its HR jargon, you can't distinguish people with the same generic job titles, rendering it mostly useless for equity purposes.

I learned that if you email enough people and go higher up the org chart in the system office, you can eventually get a copy of everyone's salary in a spreadsheet. That most recent time I requested this, I was told that in order to get people's names I had to file a Colorado Open Records Act request. I pushed back saying that I hadn't had to do this before and to please point me to a change in statute that stipulates this, at which point I was forward to yet another person and finally given the spreadsheet.

The University of Colorado is a public institution. Our wages are public data. They hide them to make it harder to organize, so I'm making it easier. We need to normalize sharing how much money we make so that discrimination and exploitation are more difficult.

I make $78,204 a year. You can look it up, which is the first step towards more equitable wages for everyone.

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Could you please do a similar post for this year? I'd appreciate seeing how the past year has changed this information....



Very curious. Can you request and post and updated copy of this? I too work at the U and really would like to expose some inequality. Thank you for doing this.


Lynee Sanute
Lynee Sanute

Please consider reposting this without employee IDs included.

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