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Overview: Relocation Allowance

See these guidelines for relocation allowances to avoid confusion and costly mistakes.

A relocation allowance is compensation intended to offset higher living costs in a new location. Some Senior Management Group (SMG) candidates accepting new positions at UC San Diego may be eligible, upon advance approval.

A relocation allowance:

  • May not exceed 25% of the employee's annualized base salary
  • Is included in the eligible employee's gross income as taxable wages
  • Is excluded from covered compensation under the UC Retirement Plan
  • See Eligibility for Relocation Allowance.

Relocation allowances are reportable for tax purposes because they are considered additional income (compensation) to the employee. 


  • For SMG, the hiring department requests approval from the Assistant Vice Chancellor – Human Resources via an e-mail with the following information:
    • Name and title of person relocating
    • Job bulletin posting number
    • Indicate the starting base salary as approved by Human Resources
    • Address of residence from where the person is relocating
  • For academic personnel, guidelines can be found on the Academic Affairs website.
Notice: Published UCSD policy is decisive as it has been adapted to UCSD's organization, delegation of authority, terminology, chart of accounts. The source for this policy is UC Policy and Regulations for MSP and PSS personnel (PDF) and Senior Management Group Moving Reimbursement (PDF).