Updated April 8, 2012

2012 AAUP Faculty Salary Survey

How much 1,251 colleges paid their faculty members.

About the Data

Salary data are collected annually by the American Association of University Professors. The most recent data are for the 2011-12 academic year. Salaries are reported in thousands of dollars and rounded to the nearest hundred. For consistency, they are adjusted for a nine-month work year. The figures reflect the earnings of full-time members of each institution’s instructional staff, except those in medical schools.

The AAUP classifies institutions as doctoral, master’s, baccalaureate, associate (with ranks) and associate (without ranks). In The Chronicle’s analysis, two-year institutions with and without academic ranks are grouped separately. The Chronicle used AAUP’s classifications for institution levels rather than classifications from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Figures in the “faculty profile” section are taken from the U.S. Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Enrollment figures reflect the 12-month reporting period for 2009-10, not fall enrollment.

Data on the employment status of faculty members are for the fall of 2010. Faculty members are classified as all full-time and part-time staff whose duties primarily include instruction, research, and public service. Medical school faculty members are excluded in counts. Each institution reports tenured, tenure-track, and non-tenure-track faculty as having faculty status. Institutions also report staff without faculty status, such as post-doctoral researchers.

Student to faculty ratios are reported by each institution to IPEDS and reflect the total number of full-time equivalent students not in graduate or professional programs, divided by the full-time equivalent instructional staff not teaching in graduate or professional programs.

An earlier version of this interactive displayed faculty counts based on instruction, research, and public service faculty with faculty status, and calculated percentages of tenure track and full-time faculty based on that number. Because of the complexities of this data and the diverse ways institutions classify their faculty members, The Chronicle as updated this online tool to provide more detailed faculty counts. Instead of using the division of the 12-month enrollment number by the total number of instruction/research/public service faculty with faculty status to obtain a student to faculty ratio, as displayed previously, we are now using the number based on fall enrollment and full-time equivalent students that many colleges cite.

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Questions About the Data?

The data in this report come from the AAUP and the U.S. Department of Education. If you have questions or comments about the data, please write us at feedback@chronicle.com.