The financial prognosis is healthy for physiology faculty members, according to a salary survey released last month. The study was prepared by the 153-member Association of Chairmen of Departments of Physiology (ACDP) on behalf of an affiliated organization, the 7,000- member American Physiological Society (APS), based in Bethesda, Md.
The study revealed that salaries for all academic physiology positions - from department chairperson down to instructor - are rising at medical schools, both public and private. Pay is also climbing for physiologists at dental, veterinary, and podiatric schools. In most cases, the increases are outpacing inflation.
To obtain the results of its salary survey for fiscal year 1989-90, ACDP researchers based at the University of Arizona in Tucson last year queried 153 university departments nationwide. Of these, 103 (67.3 percent) responded, representing more than 2,800 physiology administrators and professors, not all of whom are members of ACDP or APS.