AAUP Faculty Compensation Report Released


The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) has published the results of its 2019-20 Faculty Compensation Survey.

The data was collected from around 475,000 full and part-time faculty at various levels of seniority at 928 institutions of higher education in the United States.

Findings include:

  • Salary growth. Average salaries for full-time faculty in doctoral institutions increased 2.8 percent overall, or 0.5 percent in real terms after adjusting for the 2.3 percent increase in the consumer price index. Average salaries at master’s and associate’s institutions increased 1.2 percent and 1.0 percent respectively; in real terms, average salaries decreased 1.1 percent and 1.3 percent respectively after adjusting for inflation. At baccalaureate institutions, average salaries increased 2.3 percent, matching the annual inflation rate.
  • Gender differences. On average, faculty salaries for women were 81.4 percent of those for men. Despite shifts in distributions between men and women in terms of faculty rank, the gender pay gap has not budged over the last ten years. The annual report scheduled for release in May will discuss in greater detail gender differences in salary by rank, tenure status, and type of institution.
  • Salary variation. Full-time faculty salaries vary not only by faculty rank but also by institutional affiliation or category. For example, the average salary for a full professor at a private-independent doctoral university is almost $203,000, while the salary for a full professor at a public baccalaureate college is just over $99,000.
  • Part-time faculty pay. Average pay for part-time faculty members teaching a three-credit course section varies widely between institutional types, with average rates of pay ranging from $2,263 per section in public associate’s institutions without ranks to $4,620 per section in private-independent doctoral institutions. Within institutional categories, minimum and maximum pay rates span huge ranges. 

from the AAUP’s 2019-20 Faculty Compensation Survey

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