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March 7, 2011

Median Base Salaries for Faculty Members in 2010 Up 1.1%

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CUPA-HR recently released the findings of its 2010-11 National Faculty Salary Survey. Results indicate that the overall median base salary increase for faculty members in 2010 was 1.1%. However, data show that increases occurred more frequently at private institutions than public institutions. For public institutions, the median salary increase was again 0.0% (the same as 2009); for private institutions, the median increase was 2.0%.

In terms of Carnegie classification, all private institutions showed an increase in average salary (2.2% at doctoral institutions, 2% at master’s institutions and special focus institutions, and 1.9% at baccalaureate institutions), but the only public institutions to show a real increase were special focus institutions (with a 2% increase). In terms of rank, on the public side only “new” assistant professors showed an increase in average salary in 2010; in contrast, at private institutions, all ranks showed an increase.

The three disciplines with the highest average salaries are the same for all institutions across all ranks — Legal Profession and Studies; Engineering; and Business, Management, Marketing and Related Support Services. The disciplines with the lowest average salaries are mostly different for private and public institutions.

These findings reflect the salaries of 214,155 faculty members and 5,148 researchers in public and private institutions nationwide. Special thanks to the 812 institutions that completed the survey.

To read the full press release on the National Faculty Salary Survey or to learn more about the survey or order results, visit

Source: CUPA-HR


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