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Administrators' Salaries Are Up 3.5%

Administrators' Salaries Are Up 3.5%
February 20, 2006

Administrators' raises are getting larger again. The median salary increased by 3.5 percent during this academic year, compared to a 3.3 percent last year and a 2.5 percent increase the previous year. The 3.5 percent increase equals that of 2002-3.

The data are from an annual survey conducted by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources, which has been releasing annual data on administrative salaries since 1967 and released the latest information today.

As with just about everything in higher education, not all medians go up by the same percentage. Private institutions had a slight edge on public institutions in median salary increases (3.6 percent to 3.5 percent), continuing a trend of recent years.

There was greater variation in the size of the median salary increase when examining institutions by degrees awarded and job categories within institutions. In the former category, doctoral institutions and community colleges fared best -- with both reporting median salary increases for administrators of 3.7 percent. Master's and bachelor's granting institutions, along with specialized institutions, lagged, at 3.5 percent.

The public-private gaps were greatest at the master's and bachelor's institutions. The median administrator salary increased by 3.8 percent at private master's institutions and 3.5 percent at private bachelor's institutions, compared to equivalent public increases of 3.2 and 3.1 percent, respectively.

In terms of types of administrative positions, executives saw the biggest gains this year, with the median salary going up by 4.0 percent. Median increases for administrative positions were up by an average of 3.7 percent, followed by academic affairs, external relations, and student affairs -- all at 3.5 percent.

Data from CUPA-HR indicate the significant ranges among various kinds of positions. For example, among deans, the highest medians are for medicine ($316,700), dentistry ($244,394) and public health ($231,474). The lowest medians were for occupational studies and vocational education ($79,845), special programs ($83,581), and mathematics ($85,632).

The following table shows medians for selected institutions:

Median Base Salary for Selected Positions, by Institution Type

Position Doctoral Master's Bachelor's 2-Year All
Executive          
--CEO, system $311,000 $168,077 n/a $201,135 $243,000
--CEO, campus   295,008   200,000 $195,500   141,685   192,155
--Asst. to campus CEO   114,190     82,144     74,000     68,395     85,672

--Executive

VP

  247,851   141,908   118,800   113,600   141,908
Academic deans, directors          
--Chief academic officer  233,196   140,000   121,868    99,648   133,744
--Director, library svcs.  137,754    81,100     65,645    65,330     77,373
--Director, instit. research    96,720    71,765     65,600    65,650    75,000
--Director, intl. ed    95,391    67,500     65,000     68,012    73,576
--Director, academic computing   109,527    74,666     66,532    72,388    78,757
--Dean, agriculture  185,877  119,612     77,136    n/a  160,032
--Dean, arts & sciences  174,310  112,625     90,350    75,627   117,625
--Dean, business  208,151  126,871     82,387   78,030  127,204
--Dean, education  152,823  106,072     72,188   70,000   113,105
--Dean, engineering  201,977  142,230   104,571   81,381  173,279
--Dean, graduate programs   147,183    96,351     90,721    n/a  115,000
Admin.          
--Chief business officer  188,145  133,250   119,706   97,020  130,770
--Chief financial officer  165,254  110,000     99,500   89,174  112,856
--Chief investment officer  200,000    78,719   124,000    88,435  135,179
--Director, networking & telecomm.  102,590   73,000    67,644   70,895   78,976
--General counsel  156,000  110,286  118,322  119,886  135,602
--Chief HR officer  121,000    82,400    67,650   79,236   85,000
--Director, affirmative action & equal opport.   96,245    77,972    80,986   80,438   87,360
--Chief, physical plant  128,994    86,000    73,734   70,715   86,000
--Comptroller  115,156    82,000    73,500   74,315   83,300
--Bursar   80,856    55,035    46,830   59,199   59,036
External affairs          
--Chief development officer  186,759  118,822  110,518   79,630  118,500
--Director, annual giving   72,100    54,866    52,403    54,221   57,198
--Chief public relations officer  132,290    73,626    66,235   62,335    78,856
--Director, government relations  125,000    89,699    69,395   98,206  108,258
--Director, alumni affairs    93,784    57,192    52,359   50,451    60,500
--Director, publications    73,150    55,097    52,100   58,630    59,682
--Director, news bureau    63,480    46,977    47,810   60,191    52,726
--Director, marketing    77,437    68,213    63,086   59,675    68,250
Student affairs          
--Chief student aff. officer  161,000  109,000   95,000  89,174  104,916
--Dean, students    97,274    74,000   62,550  77,481    78,963
--Chief admissions officer    96,757    71,100   69,001  60,825    75,000
--Director, academic advising    71,312    56,243   51,333  60,049     52,976
--Registrar    86,311    65,454   56,850  52,638   63,023
--Director, financial aid    87,229    66,950   61,565  61,901   66,147
--Director, student counseling    82,891    62,068   57,512  63,824   66,839
--Director, campus ministries    75,201    51,483   51,775  43,828   52,893
--Director, athletics  167,200    85,819   72,216  62,444   86,350
--Chief, enrollment mgmt.  120,500  100,000   97,335  69,708   99,920
--Director, minority affairs    68,340    50,474   47,731  52,756  53,648

Executive summaries of the CUPA-HR report and instructions on ordering the full report are available on the organization's Web site. Click on "surveys" and then "salary surveys 2005" to find the correct information.

 

 

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