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Faculty Salary Information on the Internet

In addition to the NEA Almanac of Higher Education, the NEA Web site provides an annually updated state salary profile and a list of salaries paid at individual colleges and universities.

The U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is one of the basic sources for faculty salaries, along with other higher education data. These data are the basis for the NEA salary reports. Both the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the National Study of Postsecondary Faculty (NSOPF) can be accessed through this Web site:

The American Association of University Professors (AAUP)’s Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession is a good companion report on faculty salaries. AAUP collects their own data and analyzes them differently than NEA, providing a slightly different view of faculty salaries. A summary with selected tables is available on their Web site at no cost, and a complete print copy is available for $68.

The College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) provides a number of salary reports based on their own college survey. Faculty salaries are reported by academic rank and administrators’ salaries. Studies can be ordered for a fee through their Web site.

The Chronicle of Higher Education publishes “Fact Files,” a compilation of data from various higher education agencies and collectors of information relating to higher education. Data are taken from many sources. The Chronicle carries several salary reports each year. To access the data, you will need a user name and password.

Oklahoma State University (OSU) contracts with the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC) to conduct an annual salary survey of approximately 100 participating public land-grant state universities nationwide. A copy of the most current report is available for $75.

The Society of American Law Teachers publishes an annual salary survey in the SALT Equalizer that provides samples of law school salaries from various regions in the United States.

The Grapevine project, at the Center for the Study of Education Policy at Illinois State University, does an annual compilation of data related to state tax appropriations for higher education general operating expenses, including universities, colleges, community colleges and state higher education agencies. Data are presented both in the national aggregate and on a state-by-state basis.

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