All salary, fringe benefits and college service policies are determined by the Amherst College Board of Trustees on the recommendations of the president, the dean of the faculty and the chief financial and administrative officer. In making their recommendations, which are always subject to budgetary constraints and changes in state and federal legislation, these officers of the college regularly consult relevant national survey data, to ensure competitiveness, and consider matters of internal equity. They also draw on the advice of the Committee on Priorities and Resources and the director of human resources, who administers the fringe benefit program.
The Comptroller's Office deals directly with payroll processing, arrangements for any salary, grant and travel advances and reimbursements and accounting for them. The Human Resources Office deals directly with all fringe-benefit matters.