Things I am Thinking About: Professors’ Pay



This survey found a small increase in professor’s pay, from April in the NYTimes.

Average faculty salaries rose 1.4 percent from 2009-10 to 2010-11, even though average pay decreased at 30 percent of colleges and universities, according to the annual pay report being released Monday by the American Association of University Professors.

On average, full professors at doctoral universities earned $127,296 for the current academic year, and assistant professors $72,893.

But the report found a widening pay gap between public universities, where full professors averaged $118,054 and assistant professors $69,777, and private institutions, where full professors’ average salary was $157,282 and assistant professors’ $86,189.

Pay is substantially less at liberal arts colleges and community colleges. And at every type of college and university, men continue to earn substantially more than women.

The report, “It’s Not Over Yet: The Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession, 2010–11,” based on data from more than 1,300 colleges and universities, found a continuation of a long-term trend of institutions using more graduate student employees, part-time professors and non-tenure-track instructors.

Such appointments now make up more than three-quarters of total faculty, compared with two-thirds in 1995.