Healthier Raises Than Last Year

The median salary for mid-level administrators increased 3.0 percent this year, compared to 2.1 percent last year, according to a new report.
March 15, 2005

Mid-level administrators are getting better raises this year than they did last year, according to data released by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources.

The median salary for such administrators increased by 3 percent in 2004-5, compared to 2.1 percent the prior academic year. The CUPA-HR data suggest that the raises may be particularly welcome at public institutions. The increase in the median at public institutions was 3.0 percent, compared to 1.7 percent last year. At private institutions, the increase of 3.1 percent was only marginally higher than last year's increase of 3.0 percent.

Comparing the increase in median salary by sector, it is a good year for community colleges, where the median is up by 3.7 percent. All other sectors are at 3.0 or 3.1.

The job category with the largest median increase is accounting and finance, with a 3.3 percent increase. All other categories saw their medians increase by either 3.0 or 3.1 percent.

Following are some of the median salaries, across all institutions, by job title:

Position Median Salary, 2004-5 
Reference librarian $47,925
Equal opportunity/affirmative action specialist $58,063
Senior accountant $43,600
Staff lawyer $93,479
Network administrator $53,705
Architect $63,489
Head coach of a minor sport $43,138
Annual giving officer $48,110
Major gift officer $65,127
Police lieutenant $47,704
Coordinator of construction projects $57,339
Student activities officer $39,975
Continuing education specialist $46,278
Academic adviser $34,783
Career counselor $38,470
Admissions representative -- high school relations $31,544
Counseling psychologist $52,154
Study abroad advisor $34,622
Academic support center coordinator $38,438
Financial aid counselor $31,478

Last month, CUPA-HR released data on salaries for senior administrators. Their median salary is up 3.3 percent this academic year.

Copies of the report may be purchased online from CUPA-HR.

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