(Fringe Benefit Projection Rates) (effective 7/1/2012 through 6/30/2013)
See Salary and Benefits for current composite benefit projection rates.

The following composite campus benefit rates for the UC Berkeley campus are now in effect, and will be charged to sponsored projects. See Composite Benefit Rates for a fringe benefit rate overview and additional details.

UCB Composite Benefit Rates (effective 7/1/2012)

  Approved Projections for Planning Purposes -------->
  FY13 FY14 FY15 FY16 FY17 FY18
Faculty 24.4% 26.1% 27.8% 29.5% 31.3% 31.9%
Staff 38.0% 40.1% 42.3% 44.7% 47.2% 49.8%
Other Academic 15.9% 16.9% 17.9% 18.9% 19.9% 20.3%
Postdocs 19.7% 20.3% 20.9% 21.5% 22.1% 22.8%
Graduate Students 1.8% 1.9% 2.0% 2.0% 2.1% 2.2%
Undergraduate Students 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%


  • Approved rates have been reviewed and approved by the Department of Health and Human Services for use by all fund sources for FY12-13. These rates will be applied to gross earnings to generate benefit costs posted to the general ledger.
  • Rates beyond June 30, 2013 are estimates and are provided for planning purposes only. Future benefits rates are subject to review and approval by the Department of Health and Human Services on an annual or bi-annual basis. Therefore, regardless of which rates are used to estimate the cost of fringe benefits at the proposal stage, the fringe benefit costs ultimately charged to the sponsored project will always be based on the DHHS-approved fringe rates in existence at that time.
  • Rate changes reflect anticipated increases and decreases in benefit costs, including health care and retirement contributions.
  • Not all fringe benefit costs are included in the composite fringe rates. Some fringe costs that carry special costing circumstances are excluded from the rates and should continue to be budgeted and expensed separately. Namely: Graduate Student Health and Tuition Remission, General Automobile and Employment Liability (GAEL), Incentive Award Assessment (IAP), and vacation accrual and compensatory time (all 52XXX account codes).

See Salary and Benefits for current fringe benefits projection rates.