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Table 256. Average base salary of full-time faculty and instructional staff in degree-granting institutions, by type and control of institution and field of instruction: Selected years, 1987–88 through 2003–04

[In constant 2006–07 dollars]
Program area Institutions Research Doctoral Comprehensive Private liberal arts Public 2-year Other
All Public Private Public Private Public Private Public Private
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
1987–88 salaries $69,300 (—) $69,930 (—) $67,870 (—) $83,240 (—) $91,190 (—) $77,380 (—) $81,950 (—) $64,940 (—) $56,670 (—) $50,790 (—) $57,070 (—) $54,000 (—)
                                                 
Agriculture and home economics 69,400 (—) 69,770 (—) (†) 77,960 (—) (†) 62,310 (—) (†) 67,220 (—) (†) (†) (†) (†)
Business 64,800 (—) 65,580 (—) 63,130 (—) 83,390 (—) (†) 70,410 (—) (†) 62,180 (—) 64,910 (—) (†) 58,305 (—) 50,548 (—)
Education 58,000 (—) 60,900 (—) 48,020 (—) 65,690 (—) (†) 62,040 (—) (†) 59,820 (—) 47,980 (—) 42,110 (—) 58,915 (—) (†)
Engineering 74,780 (—) 73,640 (—) 78,910 (—) 87,890 (—) (†) 76,100 (—) (†) 72,070 (—) 73,740 (—) (†) 52,700 (—) (†)
Fine arts 54,200 (—) 56,640 (—) 49,230 (—) 57,720 (—) (†) 54,650 (—) (†) 56,380 (—) 47,510 (—) 49,390 (—) 57,601 (—) (†)
Health 92,900 (—) 92,310 (—) 94,090 (—) 105,210 (—) 110,490 (—) 101,790 (—) 96,360 (—) 81,820 (—) 68,300 (—) (†) 53,020 (—) (†)
Humanities 60,760 (—) 63,150 (—) 57,100 (—) 66,350 (—) 70,170 (—) 56,330 (—) 66,330 (—) 63,880 (—) 53,120 (—) 54,610 (—) 62,249 (—) 49,819 (—)
Natural sciences 68,480 (—) 69,320 (—) 66,590 (—) 83,000 (—) 88,420 (—) 71,500 (—) 67,190 (—) 66,860 (—) 55,520 (—) 54,080 (—) 56,851 (—) 53,710 (—)
Social sciences 66,220 (—) 66,610 (—) 65,500 (—) 75,690 (—) 87,430 (—) 68,660 (—) (†) 64,360 (—) 55,310 (—) 51,170 (—) 58,798 (—) (†)
Other 64,040 (—) 63,360 (—) 65,650 (—) 75,410 (—) (†) 65,060 (—) (†) 59,950 (—) 51,180 (—) (†) 54,086 (—) 63,495 (—)
                                                 
1992–93 salaries 67,080 (—) 66,980 (—) 67,310 (—) 80,840 (—) 91,620 (—) 73,760 (—) 80,220 (—) 62,290 (—) 61,950 (—) 53,890 (—) 56,360 (—) 57,950 (—)
                                                 
Agriculture and home economics 68,480 (—) 69,450 (—) (†) 78,400 (—) (†) 63,710 (—) (†) 62,130 (—) (†) (†) 56,990 (—) (†)
Business 70,500 (—) 71,550 (—) 67,770 (—) 93,400 (—) (†) 84,230 (—) 77,870 (—) 68,380 (—) 77,040 (—) 46,290 (—) 60,180 (—) 48,110 (—)
Education 60,220 (—) 61,960 (—) 53,880 (—) 71,360 (—) (†) 60,450 (—) 70,550 (—) 59,380 (—) 54,370 (—) 46,430 (—) 59,040 (—) (†)
Engineering 79,590 (—) 80,100 (—) 77,620 (—) 95,650 (—) 87,490 (—) 76,740 (—) 78,830 (—) 69,760 (—) 65,680 (—) (†) 55,350 (—) 80,260 (—)
Fine arts 58,110 (—) 56,270 (—) 60,910 (—) 59,210 (—) 123,490 (—) 56,400 (—) 54,250 (—) 56,070 (—) 51,290 (—) 54,090 (—) 53,750 (—) 48,840 (—)
Health 79,670 (—) 77,480 (—) 85,540 (—) 105,230 (—) 104,670 (—) 91,440 (—) 94,700 (—) 54,870 (—) 65,420 (—) 60,680 (—) 51,260 (—) 60,010 (—)
Humanities 58,680 (—) 59,580 (—) 56,770 (—) 63,050 (—) 64,020 (—) 56,810 (—) 61,490 (—) 58,340 (—) 58,790 (—) 53,950 (—) 58,990 (—) 52,350 (—)
Natural sciences 69,020 (—) 68,030 (—) 71,520 (—) 79,390 (—) 96,210 (—) 74,040 (—) 81,160 (—) 65,770 (—) 66,840 (—) 53,760 (—) 56,790 (—) 60,360 (—)
Social sciences 65,830 (—) 66,030 (—) 65,410 (—) 76,110 (—) 84,930 (—) 69,770 (—) 70,910 (—) 62,570 (—) 57,060 (—) 58,000 (—) 57,740 (—) 63,580 (—)
Other 63,870 (—) 62,210 (—) 67,360 (—) 73,060 (—) 94,080 (—) 62,700 (—) 88,590 (—) 64,960 (—) 59,760 (—) 52,190 (—) 53,950 (—) 56,140 (—)
                                                 
1998–99 salaries 70,530 (489) 69,550 (538) 73,350 (1,078) 82,380 (1,013) 101,200 (3,111) 81,220 (2,297) 87,140 (2,462) 62,210 (715) 61,260 (1,392) 54,090 (882) 55,380 (525) 58,590 (1,984)
                                                 
Agriculture and home economics 72,500 (2,935) 75,300 (2,190) (†) 83,540 (2,919) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) 54,870 (2,590) (†)
Business 69,270 (1,248) 67,740 (1,424) 72,900 (2,473) 85,900 (4,164) 100,430 (9,821) 68,530 (5,998) 86,040 (7,079) 72,730 (1,945) 73,500 (2,309) 52,510 (3,631) 57,250 (1,536) 52,650 (6,105)
Education 59,290 (1,122) 59,880 (1,290) 57,310 (2,267) 66,270 (2,194) (†) 57,550 (3,538) (†) 61,110 (2,227) 54,190 (2,379) 50,690 (2,520) 53,750 (1,615) 51,410 (4,608)
Engineering 78,660 (1,615) 77,250 (1,767) 83,950 (3,707) 86,680 (2,978) 94,380 (6,181) 79,830 (2,973) (†) 65,290 (6,193) 71,840 (7,248) (†) 55,960 (2,098) (†)
Fine arts 56,640 (1,440) 55,960 (1,427) 58,390 (3,477) 61,220 (3,501) (†) 51,990 (1,583) (†) 55,550 (1,823) 61,820 (8,590) 53,930 (2,081) 57,020 (2,868) 45,400 (3,973)
Health 93,340 (1,880) 89,020 (1,923) 105,300 (4,597) 106,100 (3,444) 124,150 (9,395) 106,500 (5,457) 115,380 (6,152) 65,980 (3,390) 58,780 (5,050) 55,320 (4,559) 54,110 (1,417) 66,230 (4,200)
Humanities 59,180 (802) 59,380 (951) 58,670 (1,492) 66,910 (2,463) 70,760 (5,274) 58,360 (3,162) 61,210 (3,238) 57,790 (1,321) 57,640 (2,205) 53,590 (1,964) 55,890 (1,490) 53,600 (2,344)
Natural sciences 71,130 (892) 70,630 (964) 72,640 (2,074) 81,820 (1,713) 98,980 (4,939) 79,950 (2,301) 76,580 (3,792) 63,460 (1,647) 59,260 (2,467) 52,900 (1,652) 54,750 (1,089) 68,940 (6,459)
Social sciences 72,840 (2,205) 73,760 (2,797) 70,450 (3,039) 85,700 (3,873) 97,440 (8,284) 86,340 (16,948) 73,100 (3,825) 66,270 (1,390) 57,610 (2,226) 58,700 (2,930) 58,550 (1,969) 61,080 (4,828)
Other 64,700 (1,089) 62,560 (1,138) 71,460 (2,589) 74,310 (2,527) 100,050 (8,098) 70,030 (2,982) 80,800 (4,448) 56,890 (2,200) 65,530 (3,733) 53,520 (2,330) 54,170 (1,265) 57,880 (4,793)
                                                 
2003–04 salaries 73,940 (415) 77,640 (977) 72,320 (389) 86,410 (706) 98,550 (1,475) 69,090 (861) 80,660 (2,087) 63,670 (899) 63,530 (1,696) 60,220 (1,140) 65,330 (780) 72,240 (3,370)
                                                 
Agriculture and home economics 70,790 (1,710) 72,020 (1,833) 57,700 (5,414) 77,190 (2,188) (†) 70,590 (5,851) (†) 62,600 (3,400) (†) (†) 58,880 (3,571) (†)
Business 81,170 (1,360) 78,730 (1,409) 87,170 (2,968) 99,650 (4,061) 121,610 (8,372) 83,970 (4,236) 96,060 (6,388) 78,000 (1,734) 74,950 (2,561) 66,450 (2,960) 61,040 (1,712) 68,480 (6,374)
Education 62,620 (946) 63,390 (1,204) 60,550 (1,867) 71,700 (2,342) 80,220 (9,735) 62,240 (2,613) 60,790 (5,991) 61,870 (2,461) 59,180 (2,319) 59,560 (2,926) 59,820 (2,093) 54,440 (2,993)
Engineering 84,090 (1,591) 79,970 (1,424) 97,860 (4,026) 92,000 (2,647) 107,860 (4,679) 80,320 (3,500) (†) 69,660 (3,236) 83,420 (15,670) (†) 58,530 (1,651) (†)
Fine arts 58,670 (797) 59,330 (820) 57,730 (1,435) 64,270 (1,630) 64,150 (3,988) 58,110 (1,758) (†) 55,430 (1,857) 53,860 (3,000) 54,020 (1,675) 58,090 (2,367) 60,840 (3,204)
Health 98,480 (1,735) 95,730 (1,664) 104,450 (4,101) 118,230 (2,179) 116,190 (3,698) 84,570 (6,498) 101,250 (15,300) 60,210 (1,530) 67,320 (5,173) 54,990 (4,803) 86,480 (3,416) 103,050 (8,695)
Humanities 59,970 (814) 58,430 (941) 63,150 (1,514) 61,840 (1,876) 69,670 (3,756) 55,240 (2,287) 74,430 (4,072) 60,240 (1,991) 58,170 (2,163) 60,790 (2,140) 56,040 (1,586) 54,090 (3,099)
Natural sciences 77,540 (947) 74,290 (894) 85,320 (2,097) 87,080 (1,359) 99,870 (3,799) 71,740 (1,853) 89,400 (3,797) 63,230 (1,351) 67,660 (5,784) 61,150 (2,039) 65,880 (1,655) 84,710 (7,845)
Social sciences 70,850 (669) 69,280 (681) 74,040 (1,474) 79,320 (1,604) 96,340 (3,078) 66,190 (2,093) 69,640 (2,041) 66,190 (1,483) 60,590 (3,540) 64,770 (2,402) 59,760 (1,592) 65,040 (2,869)
Other 65,740 (726) 64,590 (823) 68,380 (1,401) 75,110 (2,045) 91,070 (2,843) 65,590 (1,403) 72,650 (3,037) 61,130 (1,510) 62,340 (1,850) 56,860 (1,462) 59,970 (1,263) 62,240 (2,795)
—Not available
†Not applicable.
‡Reporting standards not met.
NOTE: Constant dollars based on the Consumer Price Index, prepared by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, adjusted to an academic-year basis. Totals may differ from figures reported in other tables because of varying survey methodologies. Standard errors appear in parentheses.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 1988, 1993, 1999, and 2004 National Study of Postsecondary Faculty (NSOPF:88;93;99;04). (This table was prepared August 2007.)

2008 Tables and Figures All Years of Tables and Figures Most Recent Full Issue of the Digest