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Faculty Salaries Up 3.4%

Faculty Salaries Up 3.4%
March 6, 2006

The median salary increase for faculty members at four-year colleges and universities was 3.4 percent for the 2005-6 academic year, according to data being released today by the College  and University Professional Association for Human Resources. Last year's average increase was 3.2 percent.

The data suggest that the gap between private and public colleges in terms of salaries is increasing. This year, the median increase at privates was 3.7 percent while the median increase at publics was 3.1 percent. The public increase was identical last year, but the private increase was 3.4 percent, meaning that the size of the gap in percentage increase doubled -- from .3 to .6 percent in a year. The largest increases that the survey found were at private doctoral institutions (4.0 percent) while the smallest were at public master's and bachelor's institutions (3.0 percent)

Each spring brings a series of salary surveys in higher education, with different emphases. The CUPA-HR survey focuses on disciplinary comparisons and does not feature the institution-by-institution breakdowns that are a key feature of the American Association of University Professors study, which will be released next month. CUPA-HR also does a separate analysis of faculty salaries at community colleges.

Among disciplines, CUPA-HR found that at both public and private institutions, the best paid (leaving out health-related professions) are in law, engineering, and business. The lowest paid disciplines are different in public institutions (visual and performing arts, parks and recreation, and English) and private (parks and recreation, argriculture, and library science).

The following table shows the disciplinary ranges, for all four-year colleges and universities, in selected fields outside of medicine.

Average Salaries at 4-Year Institutions, by Discipline and Rank, 2005-6

Discipline Full Prof. Assoc. Prof. Asst. Prof. New Asst. Prof. Instructor
Agriculture $82,974 $64,667 $55,315 $56,288 $40,998
Architecture  85,441  67,086  53,593  54,101  44,715
Area, ethnic , cultural and gender studies  90,973  66,427  53,655  51,099  38,548
Biological and biomedical sciences  90,040  63,929  54,101  51,883  39,798
Business 102,702  84,095  78,151  80,252  49,271
Communication and journalism  77,496  60,411  49,515  47,806  38,806
Communications technologies  79,178  66,244  52,973  46,959  45,942
Computer and information sciences  98,705  78,944  69,178  68,257  46,672
Education   78,179  60,615  50,296  49,333  40,344
Engineering 107,961  80,206  70,019  68,707  49,592
Engineering technologies/ technicians  79,446  65,687  56,114  56,113  43,452
English language and literature  76,413  57,921  47,249  45,882  34,712
Family and consumer sciences  79,665  62,437  51,055  49,988  38,486
Foreign languages, literatures and linguistics  79,964  60,068  48,900  47,016  37,111
History  80,706  59,470  47,994  45,723  38,030
Legal Professions 136,634  98,530  81,005  79,437  56,667
Liberal arts  74,228  59,982  48,635  47,094  38,620
Library science  77,583  65,296  47,972  49,783  41,059
Mathematics  84,059  61,647  51,547  50,151  37,761
Multi- and interdisciplinary studies  83,214  62,098  51,710  45,928  38,060
Natural resources  85,141  64,326  53,200  51,262  41,482
Nursing  77,583  63,615  53,075  51,716  46,292
Parks and recreation  73,748  59,905  49,618  49,597  39,413
Philosophy and religious studies  82,030  59,429  48,162  46,785  37,906
Physical sciences  89,187  62,743  52,775  51,354  40,256
Psychology  82,554  60,840  50,315  48,698  39,546
Public administration  84,902  63,523  52,311  52,389  43,747
Security and protective services  77,614  62,000  49,711  47,237  40,625
Social sciences  87,079  63,842  52,998  51,720  39,634
Theology and religious vocations  68,214  56,943  45,927  44,731  41,072
Visual and performing arts  73,177  57,843  47,043  45,382  39,102

A complete report on the salary data may be purchased from CUPA-HR on the association's Web site.

 

 

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