My union, the American Association of University Professors, reports that the average salary for a full-time U.S. faculty members increased a mere 1.2 percent over last year, the lowest change recorded in the fifty-year history of the survey. And when you factor in 2.7 percent deflation, it’s actually a pay cut.
That is unfortunate, but—given hard economic times all over, especially low-performing endowments and stingy state legislatures–not unexpected. And in fact, those of us with full-time teaching jobs are pretty lucky. We haven’t faced many layoffs (yet), we have excellent working conditions and benefits, and we make a pretty good dollar. The AAUP reports that the average salary for a full professor was $109,843; associate professors $76,566, assistant professors $64,433, instructors $47,592, and lecturers $53,112.
And here’s a news flash: According to the AAUP, at every type of institution in almost every class of faculty, men got substantially higher salaries than women.