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The NEA Higher Education Advocate Special Salary Issue 2008

Faculty Pay 2006-07

Faculty salaries (in constant dollars) increased by 1.2 percent in 2006–07, reversing three consecutive years of declines. The average faculty member’s purchasing power rose $832, from $67,682 in 2005–06 to $68,514 in 2006–07.

In this issue of the Advocate...

...we look at trends in salaries for faculty and staff at the nation’s public colleges and universities, drawn from the NEA 2008 Almanac of Higher Education.

Faculty salaries, measured in constant dollars, have been relatively stagnant since 2001–02.
The average state faculty salary compared to household income is calculated here by dividing the average state faculty salary (IPEDS) at two- and four-year public institutions by the average four-person household income in the state (U.S. Census).
If current trends continue, the share of part-time faculty will continue to increase over the next decade, especially at community colleges and for-profit institutions.
Between 2005–06 and 2006–07, there was for the first time in many years a slight decrease in the difference between the average faculty salary at public and private institutions, from $6,908 to $6,900.
Despite women's salaries making little headway, the percentage of full-time women faculty at public institutions has increased 81 percent since 1989–90, while the number of men increased by 8 percent.
According to the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources 2006-07 Mid-Level Administrative and Professional Salary Survey, non-teaching staff—other professionals—saw median salary increases ranging from 3.5 to 4.0 percent.
Retirement and medical insurance contributions are the majority of higher education benefit dollars.
Links to faculty salaries can be found here.

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