Faculty Salary Survey by Discipline
This report is presented by CIP code and faculty rank and grouped by Carnegie Classification and by geographic region. Salary information is presented for all participating institutions and grouped by the 2015 Carnegie Classifications: Very High Research (VHR), High Research Activity (HR) and Doctoral/Research (DR). In addition to national salary data by rank, our survey also includes breakdowns for tenured/tenure track and non-tenure track faculty.
Included are the "all disciplines combined" averages and "all discipline average without medical disciplines" which are found at the end of the publication. Also included is the category, "new assistant professors" as a subset of the assistant professor category.
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Latest Edition: 2019 - 2020
Prior years are available on request for purchase.
First published in 1974, the Faculty Salary Survey by Discipline is a project directed by Oklahoma State University’s Office of Institutional Research and Analytics. The inspiration behind the project emerged from the desire for current salary information for university management. The result is a study, which higher education administrators and government officials can use for salary budget decisions.
In an effort to produce a national sample of average faculty salaries by discipline, Doctoral degree-granting institutions from each state and the national service academies were selected to provide low, high, and average salaries for each academic discipline and faculty rank represented on their campuses. With the exception of the service academies, these institutions annually award doctorates in a minimum of five different discipline areas.
The book is arranged by 6-digit CIP codes, with 2-digit and 4-digit summary pages included as needed. Two separate “All Discipline Average” pages are included, one with medical disciplines and one without medical disciplines. Using summaries of the Carnegie Classifications and input from our participants and customers, the basic classifications as defined by the Carnegie Foundation were implemented in our Faculty Salary Survey beginning in 2007-2008. This is the first year the publication reflects the 2018 updated Carnegie Classifications. Therefore, the salary information is still grouped as follows:
|R1: Doctoral Universities - Highest Research Activity|
|R2: Doctoral Universities - Higher Research Activity|
Six years ago, we began providing salary information by tenure status as reported by institutions that were able to supply it. Because this is the seventh year for breaking out salaries this way, we anticipate an increased number of institutions will continue to provide this data in the future. Your suggestions are encouraged as we continue to evaluate our survey for improvements and enhancements.
An invitation to participate in the 2019-2020 Faculty Salary Survey was extended to 149 institutions including many belonging to the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU), those who have historically participated in previous years, and others who also award doctoral degrees in five different discipline areas. This year, data from 109 institutions was submitted by the required deadline to be included in the survey.