The most valued asset of Villanova University is its people. Our ability to fulfill the institution’s mission rests solely with our faculty and staff members. By recruiting, hiring, and retaining quality individuals, the University can excel as a leader in higher education.

A market competitive total rewards program is an integral component in developing an exemplary workforce dedicated to our mission. Accordingly, Villanova University is committed to administering a staff compensation program that enables us to attract and retain highly skilled and talented individuals. Our intention is to pay competitive salaries with consideration for internal equity with other staff, external labor markey (or workforce) conditions, and the skills, knowledge, expertise, and performance of the individual. 

This philosophy enables the University to attract and retain a diverse workforce of high-caliber, community-oriented staff and administrators who are dedicated to supporting the University's mission and educational goals. 

  • Be based on the commitment to fair and equitable pay, within the financial resources of the University.
  • Recognize the multiple markets within which Villanova must compete.
  • Recognize individual contributions to the institution.
  • Be clear and understandable by the community.
  • Be consistent with the University’s mission.


The University utilizes salary surveys from the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources ("CUPA-HR"), Western Management Group ("EduComp"), and the Mercer Benchmark Database ("MBD") to include market data from higher education institutions as well as general industry employers, where applicable. These surveys:

  • Focus on local and national data dependent upon the markets in which we compete for positions.
  • Include peer institutions selected based on enrollment size, region, career level, Carnegie classification, etc. and general industry data consisting of 3,000+ participating organizations.