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Faculty Salaries Are Up 1.9%

March 12, 2012

The median salary of full-time faculty members in 2011-12 is 1.9 percent higher than it was a year ago, according to a study by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources.

Continuing a pattern from recent years, the median increase was greater at private institutions (2.3 percent) than at publics (1.1 percent). With a gain in the Consumer Price Index of 3.2 percent, the typical faculty member -- whether at a private or public institution -- lost spending power in the last year.

CUPA-HR does a series of salary surveys around this time of year. Last month, the association reported that the average salary for top administrators increased by 2 percent in the last year (again with greater gains at private than at public institutions).

Two organizations -- CUPA-HR and the American Association of University Professors -- release annual reports on the state of faculty salaries. The CUPA-HR study features analysis by discipline, while the AAUP report features salaries by institution. The AAUP study is due out next month. John W. Curtis, director of research and public policy at the AAUP, said that preliminary analysis at that association suggests an "overall finding very similar to the CUPA number, and also with private colleges and universities continuing to increase salaries more rapidly on average."

The CUPA-HR survey shows -- this year, as in past years -- the extent to which professors' salaries vary widely by discipline. The disciplines with the highest salaries, across rank, are the same this year as they have been for the last four years: law, engineering and business.

A new assistant professor in computer science can expect a salary in the range of $74,000. A counterpart in the foreign languages would be looking at salaries $20,000 smaller. The average for a full professor of engineering is nearly $118,000. For history, the average is about $83,000.

Discipline and Rank Unweighted Average
AGRICULTURE  
Professor 93,595
Associate Professor 72,360
Assistant Professor 62,200
New Assistant Prof 68,999
Instructor 46,053
NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION  
Professor 92,921
Associate Professor 71,376
Assistant Professor 61,660
New Assistant Prof 62,926
Instructor 47,433
ARCHITECTURE AND RELATED SERVICES  
Professor 101,034
Associate Professor 76,188
Assistant Professor 62,764
New Assistant Prof 63,386
Instructor 49,344
AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER  AND GROUP STUDIES  
Professor 98,663
Associate Professor 73,686
Assistant Professor 58,924
New Assistant Prof 61,310
Instructor 42,221
COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM AND RELATED PROGRAMS  
Professor 86,231
Associate Professor 66,642
Assistant Professor 55,071
New Assistant Prof 54,415
Instructor 45,426
COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES/TECHNICIANS AND SUPPORT SERVICES  
Professor 85,878
Associate Professor 63,939
Assistant Professor 56,115
New Assistant Prof 61,064
Instructor 51,571
COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES  
Professor 103,536
Associate Professor 85,280
Assistant Professor 72,381
New Assistant Prof 74,563
Instructor 54,237
EDUCATION  
Professor 85,165
Associate Professor 66,964
Assistant Professor 56,589
New Assistant Prof 55,618
Instructor 46,581
ENGINEERING  
Professor 117,911
Associate Professor 89,754
Assistant Professor 76,938
New Assistant Prof 78,650
Instructor 60,950
ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGIES AND ENGINEERING RELATED FIELDS  
Professor 89,214
Associate Professor 73,507
Assistant Professor 62,922
New Assistant Prof 63,926
Instructor 52,183
FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS  
Professor 87,104
Associate Professor 66,824
Assistant Professor 54,941
New Assistant Prof 53,457
Instructor 43,688
FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES/HUMAN SCIENCES  
Professor 91,006
Associate Professor 68,283
Assistant Professor 58,934
New Assistant Prof 61,198
Instructor 46,083
LEGAL PROFESSIONS AND STUDIES  
Professor 135,187
Associate Professor 103,109
Assistant Professor 86,451
New Assistant Prof 96,955
Instructor 67,605
ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS  
Professor 81,537
Associate Professor 63,054
Assistant Professor 53,036
New Assistant Prof 52,405
Instructor 41,655
LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES  
Professor 82,860
Associate Professor 64,058
Assistant Professor 54,451
New Assistant Prof 52,981
Instructor 44,677
LIBRARY SCIENCE  
Professor 90,937
Associate Professor 70,602
Assistant Professor 56,239
New Assistant Prof 56,551
Instructor 46,505
BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES  
Professor 95,118
Associate Professor 70,938
Assistant Professor 59,907
New Assistant Prof 57,249
Instructor 45,219
MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS  
Professor 86,744
Associate Professor 67,525
Assistant Professor 57,234
New Assistant Prof 58,266
Instructor 42,938
MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES  
Professor 93,778
Associate Professor 71,194
Assistant Professor 58,214
New Assistant Prof 58,903
Instructor 45,473
PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE AND FITNESS STUDIES  
Professor 82,695
Associate Professor 66,462
Assistant Professor 54,997
New Assistant Prof 55,497
Instructor 44,455
PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES  
Professor 86,301
Associate Professor 65,372
Assistant Professor 54,602
New Assistant Prof 54,340
Instructor 43,522
THEOLOGY AND RELIGIOUS VOCATIONS  
Professor 74,393
Associate Professor 61,996
Assistant Professor 53,813
New Assistant Prof 52,996
Instructor 45,754
PHYSICAL SCIENCES  
Professor 90,937
Associate Professor 69,071
Assistant Professor 58,771
New Assistant Prof 58,786
Instructor 44,952
PSYCHOLOGY  
Professor 86,117
Associate Professor 66,324
Assistant Professor 56,565
New Assistant Prof 56,195
Instructor 44,682
HOMELAND SECURITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTING AND RELATED PROTECTIVE SERVICES  
Professor 85,558
Associate Professor 66,912
Assistant Professor 55,897
New Assistant Prof 54,588
Instructor 45,496

 PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS
 
Professor 92,287
Associate Professor 70,995
Assistant Professor 58,533
New Assistant Prof 57,945
Instructor 47,184
SOCIAL SCIENCES  
Professor 91,350
Associate Professor 70,839
Assistant Professor 59,614
New Assistant Prof 60,240
Instructor 46,398
AIR TRANSPORTATION  
Professor 94,219
Associate Professor 73,710
Assistant Professor 61,685
New Assistant Prof 73,236
Instructor 46,132
VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS  
Professor 81,257
Associate Professor 63,372
Assistant Professor 52,835
New Assistant Prof 52,241
Instructor 44,002
HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS  
Professor 98,415
Associate Professor 77,032
Assistant Professor 65,165
New Assistant Prof 66,049
Instructor 54,199
BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES  
Professor 114,847
Associate Professor 96,844
Assistant Professor 90,094
New Assistant Prof 98,212
Instructor 58,926
HISTORY GENERAL  
Professor 82,944
Associate Professor 64,106
Assistant Professor 53,394
New Assistant Prof 53,425
Instructor 42,065

 

 

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