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Actual Raises for Faculty

March 17, 2014

Tenured and tenure-track faculty members at four-year colleges and universities are receiving raises this year that exceed the increase in the cost of living, according to a study being released today by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources.

The study found that the median increase in base salary is 2.1 percent, and that the annual increase in the Consumer Price Index for the period was 1.5 percent. Many faculty members in recent years have received no raises or increases that were smaller than increases in the cost of living, but this year could mark (even with only small average gains in excess of CPI) one in which tenure-track professors are receiving real raises. The new study also finds a continuation of wide gaps in pay by discipline.

Since the economic downturn started in 2008, salaries have been particularly tight in public higher education. But the CUPA-HR study suggests a possible shift. For the first time in four years, CUPA-HR found that increases were greater at public institutions (2.2 percent) than at private institutions (2.0 percent).

Public college and university faculty members may not want to celebrate just yet, however. Over the past few years, gains at private institutions have still been larger. And another faculty salary survey about to come is expecting similar overall figures, but without the public advantage.

The two major studies of faculty salaries released each spring include those of CUPA-HR and of the American Association of University Professors, which typically comes out a few weeks after the release of the CUPA-HR study.

John W. Curtis, director of research and public policy at the American Association of University Professors, leads the effort to produce that group's salary survey. He said that the AAUP data are showing a slightly larger increase at independent private institutions than at public institutions. The AAUP uses separate categories for independent private colleges and universities and for those affiliated with religious groups, which generally have lower salaries. The gaps that AAUP has been reporting between public and private college faculty members are significant. Last year, the AAUP found that the average salary for a full professor at a doctoral, independent private institution was $167,118, more than $40,000 more than the comparable average at public institutions.

CUPA-HR's new survey found that, in analyzing the data by Carnegie Classification, increases for public and private professors were similar, except in the baccalaureate category, where public faculty members saw a 2.3 percent increase and private faculty members saw a 2.0 percent increase. By faculty rank, public faculty members beat private faculty members at all levels.

One difference between the CUPA-HR study and the AAUP study is that the former releases average salaries by discipline while the latter does so by institution. This year -- for public and private colleges alike -- the highest average salaries across ranks were in the law and related professions, engineering and business. The lowest averages for private institutions were in communications technologies/technicians and support services; theology and religious vocations; and parks, recreation, leisure and fitness studies. For publics, the lowest average salaries were in history; English language and literature/letters; and visual and performing arts.

The data show that the gaps by discipline are significant, with professional fields generally doing well and the humanities not so much.

A new assistant professor of computer sciences at a bachelor's institution can expect an average salary of $64,506, just about $10,000 more than a new assistant professor of history.

Here is a comparison of engineering and English, for all sectors combined.

Base Salary, 2013-14

Rank Engineering English
Professor $123,103 $85,404
Associate professor $93,768 $65,601
Assistant professor $81,592 $55,716
New assistant professor $82,342 $55,987


Here are figures for a range of disciplines:

Faculty Salaries by Discipline, 2013-14

Discipline and Rank All Instit. Research Univs* Other Doctoral* Master's Bach.
All Disciplines          
Professor $97,784 $119,265 $100,647 $89,032 $83,857
Associate Professor 76,193 87,731 78,681 72,236 67,088
Assistant Professor 66,177 76,061 68,971 62,707 57,616
New Asst Prof 67,428 76,140 68,711 62,770 56,341

AGRICULTURE,
AGRICULTURE OPERATIONS,
AND RELATED SCIENCES

         
Professor 97,883
105,994

81,103
85,582
84,837
83,532
Associate Professor 76,663
73,648
67,949
73,633
Assistant Professor 66,107
70,764
61,850
59,703
56,024
New Asst Prof 69,693
74,614
 
58,541
 
NATURAL
RESOURCES
AND
CONSERVATION
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
Professor 97,796
105,789
97,687
85,048
89,150
Associate Professor 74,364
77,957
82,770
68,847
67,027
Assistant Professor 62,941
67,533
63,892
58,661
56,737
New Asst Prof 61,798
67,562
 
57,678
 
ARCHITECTURE AND RELATED SERVICES  
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
Professor 107,143
108,710
 
96,930
 
Associate Professor 79,300
79,540
82,164
79,004
 
Assistant Professor 65,484
66,274
65,738
61,370
 
New Asst Prof 63,932
64,900
 
 
 
AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER &
GROUP
STUDIES
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
Professor 100,469 109,435 90,038 89,173 103,400
Associate Professor 77,005 79,645 77,231 71,083 80,983
Assistant Professor 62,571 64,924 59,179 57,940 65,916
New Asst Prof 63,950 67,485   54,558 60,584
COMMUNICAT., JOURNALISM & RELATED PROGRAMS  
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
Professor 89,832 108,083 94,386 84,519 75,249
Associate Professor 68,973 76,804 71,268 67,580 61,769
Assistant Professor 58,031 62,796 61,679 56,847 52,583
New Asst Prof 58,482 63,299 60,467 56,553 51,506

COMMUN.
TECHNOL./
TECHNICIANS
& SUPPORT SERVICES

         
Professor 86,128     84,309  
Associate Professor 71,280     67,681  
Assistant Professor 60,018     60,841  
New Asst Prof 62,983        
COMPUTER & INFORMATION
SCIENCES &
SUPPORT SERVICES
         
Professor 108,679 134,262 112,007 100,284 89,815
Associate Professor 89,684 105,021 91,351 85,765 77,260
Assistant Professor 77,502 90,654 80,371 73,964 64,383
New Asst Prof 81,233 91,606 78,328 77,604 64,506
EDUCATION  
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
Professor 89,335 104,675 90,920 84,146 75,010
Associate Professor 69,444 75,990 70,709 67,511 62,693
Assistant Professor 58,986 63,568 60,823 57,816 53,738
New Asst Prof 58,278 63,204 60,249 55,870 53,043
ENGINEERING          
Professor 123,103 134,560 123,439 103,926 93,570
Associate Professor 93,768 98,685 93,654 86,273 78,018
Assistant Professor 81,592 85,166 81,263 76,591 68,900
New Asst Prof 82,342 85,098 85,778 77,027 62,681
ENGINEERING TECH. & ENGINEERING RELATED
FIELDS
         
Professor 92,938 119,253 94,573 89,595 72,692
Associate Professor 77,164 85,412 76,184 76,820 63,665
Assistant Professor 68,051 75,125 69,725 66,433 59,911
New Asst Prof 66,779 72,033 69,706 65,396  
FOREIGN LANGUAGES/ LITERATURES/ LINGUISTICS          
Professor 90,390 100,843 92,178 81,422 92,210
Associate Professor 69,156 72,736 68,159 65,612 70,875
Assistant Professor 57,804 60,889 58,497 55,212 58,284
New Asst Prof 56,727 61,234 55,707 53,226 55,032
FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES/
HUMAN
SCIENCES
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
Professor 94,892 109,247 90,963 80,337 72,129
Associate Professor 72,727 79,091 69,651 66,640 62,423
Assistant Professor 61,790 66,396 59,034 57,248  
New Asst Prof 62,448 66,821 60,593 56,228  
LEGAL
PROFESSIONS
& STUDIES
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
Professor 143,757 165,566 154,651 120,878 115,588
Associate Professor 109,090 123,229 118,833 92,674 91,696
Assistant Professor 94,436 107,158 98,760 83,760 85,216
New Asst Prof 100,791 102,276 112,423 93,877  
ENGLISH
LANGUAGE/ LITERATURE/
LETTERS
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
Professor 85,404 100,552 87,701 82,386 79,856
Associate Professor 65,601 72,555 66,609 64,384 62,570
Assistant Professor 55,716 60,667 58,039 54,257 53,992
New Asst Prof 55,987 60,269 55,961 53,903 53,949
LIBERAL ARTS
& SCIENCES,
GENERAL STUDIES
& HUMANITIES
         
Professor 87,070 100,142 95,297 83,869 78,171
Associate Professor 68,120 75,651 70,090 66,783 63,840
Assistant Professor 57,237 63,170   55,970 52,328
New Asst Prof 56,083 60,659     50,068
LIBRARY
SCIENCE
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
Professor 90,172 101,190 90,121 75,051  
Associate Professor 69,242 76,704 73,214 61,015  
Assistant Professor 59,718 65,330 60,217 54,514  
New Asst Prof 62,176 65,585   56,393  
BIOLOGICAL & BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES  
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
Professor 99,598 122,606 104,319 84,164 80,854
Associate Professor 73,950 85,528 80,058 66,620 63,671
Assistant Professor 63,343 73,659 67,342 57,554 54,977
New Asst Prof 63,950 73,375 65,190 57,209 54,334

MATHEMATICS
& STATISTICS

 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
Professor 90,508 109,249 93,479 84,504 81,051
Associate Professor 70,458 80,929 73,124 67,116 65,062
Assistant Professor 60,837 73,156 62,685 57,433 54,716
New Asst Prof 62,780 72,421 63,253 56,916 55,326
MULTI/
INTERDISC.
STUDIES
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
Professor 97,735 118,085 99,258 86,622 85,088
Associate Professor 75,027 83,808 72,099 71,548 70,094
Assistant Professor 62,949 67,181 69,482 60,109 58,173
New Asst Prof 58,909 64,468   57,953 51,465
PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE &
FITNESS
STUDIES
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
Professor 85,246 109,360 87,512 80,609 71,209
Associate Professor 69,066 79,001 68,866 66,854 62,010
Assistant Professor 58,341 66,889 61,681 56,576 51,765
New Asst Prof 59,270 67,076 61,049 55,521 51,633
PHILOSOPHY & RELIGIOUS
STUDIES
         
Professor 90,607 105,204 97,254 85,383 86,303
Associate Professor 67,994 74,968 71,860 65,267 66,102
Assistant Professor 57,251 61,489 61,271 55,110 55,595
New Asst Prof 56,212 60,735 57,551 54,084 52,806

THEOLOGY & RELIGIOUS VOCATIONS

 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
Professor 79,612 113,118 79,764 77,975 70,444
Associate Professor 64,259 78,383 63,908 61,693 60,326
Assistant Professor 56,604 70,881 57,749 55,589 51,772
New Asst Prof 55,876       50,337
PHYSICAL SCIENCES  
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
Professor 94,121 116,011 94,666 85,719 84,251
Associate Professor 71,868 83,669 72,462 67,642 66,168
Assistant Professor 61,851 72,312 63,149 57,630 56,112
New Asst Prof 63,448
72,360
59,542
57,686
55,357
PSYCHOLOGY          
Professor 90,924 116,011 92,389 85,111 82,019
Associate Professor 68,834 78,483 70,720 66,597 63,939
Assistant Professor 59,166 67,627 61,242 56,915 54,966
New Asst Prof 59,065
67,835
59,983
55,650
54,606
HOMELAND SECURITY,
LAW ENFORCEMT,
FIREFIGHTING & RELATED PROTC SERVS
         
Professor 89,978 113,525 91,198 85,207 70,558
Associate Professor 69,317 78,156 69,545 68,138 60,355
Assistant Professor 58,783 66,009 60,311 58,295 53,023
New Asst Prof 58,052
62,990
57,075
57,758
51,714
PUBLIC ADMIN.
AND SOCIAL
SERVICE PROFESSIONS
         
Professor 96,120 117,088 96,048 83,403 72,726
Associate Professor 73,975 83,666 75,674 69,806 59,960
Assistant Professor 61,509 69,120 61,233 58,768 50,831
New Asst Prof 62,984 69,812 62,553 58,622  
SOCIAL SCIENCES  
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
Professor 95,718
114,474
97,190
87,572
89,378
Associate Professor 73,391
82,386
75,628
69,228
70,175
Assistant Professor 62,791
70,292
64,568
59,397
59,798
New Asst Prof 64,546
72,149
2,739
59,467
59,870
VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS  
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
Professor 84,349 93,767 89,882 80,019 81,369
Associate Professor 65,812 70,737 68,386 63,865 63,813
Assistant Professor 55,544 58,543 57,851 54,234 54,121
New Asst Prof 54,671 57,641 53,140 53,261 53,440
HEALTH PROFESSIONS
AND RELATED PROGRAMS
         
Professor 103,501 123,331 93,532 90,950 82,504
Associate Professor 80,235 90,905 74,207 75,342 67,498
Assistant Professor 67,718 74,951 64,874 64,815 58,505
New Asst Prof 68,605 76,930 66,759 64,988 55,200
BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, & RELATED
SUPPORT SVCS
         
Professor 123,233 160,705 128,738 109,840 91,075
Associate Professor 104,153 128,762 108,483 96,210 79,333
Assistant Professor 100,197 127,158 104,136 91,454 74,118
New Asst Prof 107,066 131,401 109,187 95,176 73,870
HISTORY GENERAL          
Professor 86,636 102,981 89,009 82,743 81,485
Associate Professor 65,801 73,480 68,106 64,004 62,781
Assistant Professor 56,411 60,770 58,632 54,755 55,204
New Asst Prof 55,691 60,130 56,504 52,106 54,138
*Research Universities are doctorate-granting institutions that Carnegie has classified as having either high or very high research activity (RU/H or RU/VH).  Other Doctoral are Doctoral/Research Universities (DRU) that have a lower level of research activity. 

 

 

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