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Study: local universities stingy on pay raises

An annual survey by a college faculty association found that faculty pay rose by 1.2 percent in 2009, the lowest annual increase in the 50-year history of the survey.

One-third of colleges surveyed are paying faculty less than last year. Locally, salary declined slightly for some categories of faculty, including continuing full professors at both Georgetown University and Loyola University Maryland, according to the American Association of University Professors report.

Two-thirds of institutions raised pay at a rate slower than inflation (2.7 percent). Fourteen percent of colleges reduced contributions to faculty retirement programs, and a few eliminated them entirely.

Here is a sampling of what local universities are paying their professors.

Note: All salaries listed below are for full professors. They get paid more than lower-tier faculty. All pay increases are for continuing faculty at the full professor rank.

American University: Average full professor salary is $146,500. Continuing faculty got a 2.9-percent pay raise.

George Washington University: Average full professor salary is $142,900. Continuing faculty got a 5.1-percent pay increase.

Georgetown University: Average salary is $155,500; pay declined by 0.1 percent.

Howard University: Average salary is $94,400; pay rose 1.3 percent.

University of Maryland: Average salary is $134,700; pay rose 0.7 percent.

UMBC: Average salary is $113,300; pay rose 2.1 percent.

Loyola University Maryland: Average salary is $106,500; pay decreased 0.5 percent.

College of William and Mary: Average salary is $113,400; pay rose 1 percent.

George Mason University: Average salary is $126,400; pay rose 0.1 percent.

University of Virginia: Average salary is $134,700; pay rose 0.8 percent.

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By Daniel de Vise  |  April 12, 2010; 10:47 AM ET
Categories:  Finance , Labor , Research  | Tags: AAUP survey, college professor salaries, faculty salary survey, georgetown salaries, loyola maryland salaries, maryland professor salaries, virginia professor salaries  
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I'm not sure how much sympathy people will have for college professors. Unemployment is at 10% and plenty of employed people have taken pay cuts, benefit cuts or cuts in hours. Tenured professors have complete job security, and I dare say their work conditions are pretty good. I wish I had the flexibility to work from Europe every summer, or the guarantee of having a few weeks of peace and quiet around Christmas and New Year's every year. At least the universities are still able to charge high rates to students so they can cover these salaries. I recall that airline pilots used to make over $100K for not so many hours of work each month, but years of unprofitability in that industry has changed all that. Overall, I think the profs should feel fortunate in these volatile economic times.

Posted by: dawn-wise | April 14, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

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