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Chapter 1: Payment and Annual Notification of Salary

Whether employed by Vanderbilt University and/or by Vanderbilt University Medical Center, each year a faculty member is informed of the salary for the forthcoming year in a letter that is accompanied by a detailed statement of compensation. Changes in compensation generally are effective on September 1 for faculty members performing academic-year duties and on July 1 for those performing duties over the fiscal year.

Faculty members are paid on the last business day of each month, and checks are generally delivered through departmental offices. Paychecks can be deposited directly to a personal checking account if the faculty member elects to do so.

Compensation and fringe benefits for faculty in the School of Medicine Clinical Departments will be provided by VUMC.

The gross earnings on monthly salary represent one-twelfth of the stated salary. A statement of sources of income and withholdings is available on the employer’s Human Resources web site.

When statements of compensation are issued any discrepancies or disagreements should be referred to the dean of the school in which the appointment is held (that is the school of the primary appointment, in the case of joint appointments).

The employer reserves the right to deduct amounts from paychecks for financial obligations to the University or Medical Center such as unpaid fines for Vanderbilt Parking Services violation, returned checks, and legally imposed levies and garnishments made against salaries. Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center require all debts to be satisfied at the time that a member of the faculty leaves the employ of the University and/or Medical Center.


19 Vanderbilt faculty who are employees of VUMC should consult the VUMC Human Resources office for information on financial procedures. When such a compensation formula is some percentage of the academic-year salary, the academic year referenced to calculate payment is the previous academic year, not the forthcoming. The statement of compensation gives the stated salary. It also shows total compensation when the salary supplement and the University’s contribution to retirement are taken into account.