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Employee Fringe Benefits

Composite Benefit Rates (CBR)

Proposal budgets requesting project personnel salaries and wages must also request the fringe benefit costs associated with the salaries and wages.

Effective November 1st, 2018, UCI transitioned to Composite Benefit Rates (CBR) for proposals and revised budgets.  The composite benefit rate is an average cost of benefits for an employee group, where groups are defined by attributes such as benefit eligibility, employee class, exempt and non-exempt status, and job code. Benefits will be charged based on the CBRs for their employee group(s).  CBR’s are fixed for the entire fiscal year and adjusted on an annual basis. Rates for FY20 and 21 are pending DHHS approval. Projected rates for future years are provided for planning purposes.

Benefits included / excluded from the CBR

Proposal Budgets  

Fringe benefit costs for salaries and wages included in extramural proposal budgets should be calculated by multiplying the salary by the applicable CBR.  To assist in proposal budget development process, a rate table is provided below which lists common research appointments and the applicable CBR. If you are unable to determine the appropriate appointment from the rate table below, please use the tools and resources provided on the UCI UCPath CBR Website to determine the appropriate CBR.

Rate Table

Pending DHS Approval For Planning Purposes Only
(Subject to Change)
 
Campus Rates Estimated Rates (for C&G)
  Employee Groups FY20 FY21 FY22 FY23 FY24 FY25
  For Employees with Full Benefits              
1 Faculty 35.5% 35.9%   37.0% 38.1% 39.2% 40.4%
2 Other Academic 45.70% 46.30%   47.70% 49.10% 50.60% 52.10%
3 Post Doc 23.20% 23.80%   24.50% 25.20% 26.00% 26.80%
4 HCOMP Faculty/Physician (MSP)/Nurse/Law Faculty/Police 30.20% 30.50%   31.40% 32.40% 33.30% 34.30%
5 Staff Exempt 43.80% 44.30%   45.60% 47.00% 48.40% 49.90%
6 Staff Non-Exempt 52.20% 53.00%   54.60% 56.20% 57.90% 59.70%
7 Food-Custodian-Grounds-Building Maintenance Workers 69.40% 70.70%   72.80% 75.00% 77.30% 79.60%
  For Employees with Less than Full Benefits and Students              
8 Faculty Summer Salary 9.80% 9.80%   10.10% 10.40% 10.70% 11.00%
9 Students and Employees with No Eligibility 2.30% 2.30%   2.40% 2.40% 2.50% 2.60%
10 Partial Benefit Eligibility 9.70% 9.90%   10.20% 10.50% 10.80% 11.10%

Guidance, Resources and Tools

Additional Guidance and resources are available from the UCI UCPath CBR Website or by following the links below:

Past Rates

Employee Composite Fringe Benefit Rates 7/1/13 – 12/31/14

Employee Composite Fringe Benefit Rates 1/1/15 – 5/31/16

Employee Composite Fringe Benefit Rates 6/1/16 - 9/30/17

Employee Composite Fringe Benefit Rates 10/1/17 - 10/31/18

Employee Composite Fringe Benefit Rates 11/1/18 - 7/31/19

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