Losing Ground on Salaries

By Scott Jaschik

For most faculty members, this academic year will be one of eroding purchasing power, according to the annual study of salaries being released today by the American Association of University Professors.

The average salary for continuing faculty members increased by 1.4 percent in 2010-11, just under the rate of inflation, the study finds — making this year the second in a row in which faculty members will on average lose ground economically.

To those who might hope that an economic recovery exists and is having an impact on faculty salaries, the report’s title — “It’s Not Over Yet” — makes clear the AAUP’s take on the issue.

“The overall picture this year, then, is of mostly stagnant salaries for full-time faculty members,” the report says. “The numbers vary considerably across institutional types. But aggregate faculty salary levels did not keep up with inflation in the past year, and the cumulative increase during the last seven years lagged behind the cumulative increase in median earnings for all U.S. workers.”

Continued at:  http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2011/04/11/data_show_another_tough_year_for_faculty_salaries

Read the report: http://www.aaup.org/AAUP/newsroom/2011PRs/salsurvey.htm

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  1. April 19, 2011 at 5:42 am

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