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The NEA Higher Education Advocate Special Salary Issue 2009

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The nation is well into a major recession, the likes of which have not been seen in 75 years. One result of this may be a major reduction in public support for public higher education. This year’s salary issue of the Advocate looks at what has happened in positive and negative business cycles over the last 10 years to see how those ups and downs affect faculty salaries and the number of faculty members teaching in public colleges and universities.

In this issue of the Advocate... addition to analyzing the effects of the nation's economic ups and downs on faculty salaries over the past decade, we provide salary and benefits information derived from data found in the 2009 NEA Higher Education Almanac.

Not surprisingly, faculty salaries tend to rise during periods of prosperity and increase much less, or even fall, in periods of economic decline.
In 2007–08, faculty salaries (in constant dollars) showed an increase of 1.6 percent over 2006–07.
Women faculty members continue to earn less than men faculty in all but one sector: private AA institutions.
In 2007–08, the salaries of non-teaching staff—other professionals—increased between 3.5 and 4.0 percent.
In terms of total dollars spent, three categories of benefits (medical, retirement, and Social Security) account for more than 90 percent of total benefits at public institutions, and approximately 85 percent at private institutions.
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