Combining salary with benefits, faculty received an average total compensation package in academic year 2010–11 that was about 8 percent higher than the package they received in 1999–2000, after adjusting for inflation. In 2010–11, the average total compensation package for faculty was about $97,200, including $75,500 in salaries and $21,700 in benefits.
In academic year 2010–11, the average salary for full-time instructional faculty on 9- and 10-month contracts at postsecondary degree-granting institutions was $75,500, ranging from $56,500 for other faculty to $105,000 for professors (see table A-44-1). By control and level of institution, salaries ranged from $40,100 at private for-profit 2-year colleges to $95,000 at private nonprofit doctoral universities. Combining salary with benefits, faculty received an average total compensation package in 2010–11 that was about 8 percent higher than the package they received in 1999–2000, after adjusting for inflation. In 2010–11, the average compensation package for faculty was about $97,200, including $75,500 in salaries and $21,700 in benefits.
The average salary for all full-time instructional faculty on 9- and 10-month contracts was 8 percent higher in 2010–11 than it was in 1989–90, after adjusting for inflation (see table A-44-2). By faculty type, salary increases were 14 percent higher for professors, 11 percent higher for assistant professors, 9 percent higher for associate professors, and 7 percent higher for other faculty. Average salaries were also higher in 2010–11 than they were in 1989–90 by institutional control, with two exceptions: public master's colleges/universities (3 percent lower) and public other 4-year colleges (2 percent lower). Salary increases ranged from 4 percent higher at public 2-year colleges to 30 percent higher at private for-profit master's colleges/universities between 1989–90 and 2010–11.
Inflation-adjusted faculty salaries were 5 percent higher in 1999–2000 than in 1989–90, and faculty salaries increased by 3 percent between 1999–2000 and 2010–11. Salary increases from 1999–2000 to 2010–11 tended to occur in private institutions (with the exception of private 2-year institutions). Except for public doctoral universities, salaries for faculty in public universities/ colleges were generally lower from 1999–2000 to 2010–11 by 1 percent to 3 percent. In private institutions, except for private 2-year colleges, salaries were generally higher by 1 percent to 8 percent. Increases in salaries at private for-profit institutions varied more between 1999–2000 and 2010–11. In private for-profit private doctoral universities, salaries were lower by 37 percent, while the faculty salaries in private for-profit other 4-year colleges were higher by 39 percent. At private 2-year colleges, salaries were lower by 6 percent at nonprofit colleges but higher by 26 percent at for-profit colleges.
Fringe benefits (adjusted for inflation) for all faculty increased by a greater percentage, on average, than average faculty salaries (52 vs. 8 percent) between 1989–90 and 2010–11. As a result, fringe benefits accounted for a larger share of total faculty compensation for faculty in 2010–11 than they did in 1989–90. Fringe benefits also increased, on average, by a larger percentage than faculty salaries (26 vs. 3 percent) between 1999–2000 and 2010–11. These increases in fringe benefits were higher at public institutions than at private institutions. For example, average benefits at public master's colleges/universities were higher by 30 percent between 1999–2000 and 2010–11, compared with 16 percent at private master's colleges/universities. At private institutions, variations in fringe benefits differed between nonprofit versus for-profit institutions. For example, benefits were lower by 8 percent at nonprofit 2-year colleges between 1999–2000 and 2010–11, but were higher by 89 percent at private for-profit 2-year colleges over the same time period.Technical Notes
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