AAUP Survey: Small Salary Hikes For Science Professors, Other Faculty

Salaries for college and university faculty rose in the 1991-92 academic year by an average of 3.5 percent, which was the smallest annual increase in more than 20 years, according to a recent survey by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). Science faculty were among those affected by the across-the-board dip in pay raises, say science professors at schools across the United States. Adjusted for inflation, the average pay hike for all faculty was 0.4 percent. Even when newly

Edward Silverman
Sep 13, 1992

Salaries for college and university faculty rose in the 1991-92 academic year by an average of 3.5 percent, which was the smallest annual increase in more than 20 years, according to a recent survey by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). Science faculty were among those affected by the across-the-board dip in pay raises, say science professors at schools across the United States. Adjusted for inflation, the average pay hike for all faculty was 0.4 percent. Even when newly hired junior faculty, who generally are paid less than their more experienced colleagues, are excluded from the calculation, average pay for continuing faculty rose just 1.2 percent. The survey, prepared by a committee headed by Daniel Hamermesh, an economics professor at Michigan State University, was published in AAUP's journal, Academe (78[2]:7-89, 1992). During the past two years, according to the survey report, "the growth of real salaries has...

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