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Faculty Salaries Show Increase over Previous Year

In 2007–08, faculty salaries (in constant dollars) showed an increase of 1.6 percent over 2006–07. This is compared to last year’s 1.2 percent increase. The average faculty member’s purchasing power rose $1,141, from $69,923 in 2006–07 to $71,064 in 2007–08. Chart 5 below shows the trend in faculty salaries in constant dollars from 1991–92 to 2007–08.

It should be noted that faculty purchasing power has increased when calculated for all ranks. In Chart 5, the following faculty ranks have been combined: instructor, lecturer, and faculty with no rank. Whether salaries for these groups are calculated individually or collectively, they are still the lowest-paid faculty group. Recently, many faculty members who were previously categorized as lecturers or instructors began to be listed as having no rank. However, the chart does indicate that the faculty rank with the lowest increase in purchasing power is associate professors, at just less than 2 percent.

Salary differences between public and private institutions

Full-time faculty salaries differ by institutional type (Chart 6). In 2007–08, faculty members at public community colleges and public master’s institutions earned a higher salary than did their counterparts at comparable private institutions; this finding has remained constant over the last seven years. Faculty members at private baccalaureate and doctoral institutions earn more than their public colleagues, with the largest difference ($11,400) for faculty at doctoral institutions.

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