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The Latest Academic Salary Info: It’s All About Context

Posted in The Education Industry by Caroline Roberts on April 12, 2010
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Curious about salaries for academics? The American Association of University Professors just released some fascinating data, including average faculty salaries by rank and sector.

For salaries at doctoral universities, professors make an average of $125, 300, and associates make an average of $83,511. Of course, there’s going to be a big difference between professors at public and private schools ($80,463 for associates at publics versus $96,472 for associates at private schools, for example), and humanities professors will be paid far lower than the average.

The context is everything. Your pay will depend on the state, and it will depend on whether or not you are tenured faculty. The article also makes a point that this year’s salaries didn’t keep up with inflation and advises faculty members to “increase their knowledge of higher education finance so that they can better influence decision making.”

Translation: Don’t bury your head in the sand when it comes to budget talks and administrative moves because it will all wind up affecting you–and your salary–in the end.

News: The Worst Salary Year [Inside Higher Ed]

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