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Faculty Salaries in Recent Years The Pay Gap in Sociology

By Janene Scelza and Roberta Spalter-roth


salary growth has slowed for everyone in recent years, but faculty at public institutions typically received smaller annual raises than at private institutions, according to findings from the National Faculty Salary Survey (NFSS) conducted by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR). This growing gap may result from greater losses in revenue from state higher education budgets than from the decline of gifts and income investment at private institutions (American Association of University Professors). NFSS reports that the salary gap between public and private institutions is most pronounced at doctoral-granting institutions, but reversed at baccalaureate-only institutions. However, salary increases were dismal for faculty at both public and private institutions in AY 2009-2010, with a 0.0% and 0.1 % increase, respectively, since the AY 2008-2009. According to some commentators, the gap in faculty earnings at public and private institutions raises concern over the ability for public universities to effectively compete with private institutions in recruiting and retaining well-qualified candidates (Byrne 2008). Using NFSS data, which is collected by discipline, we ask, does this gap in salaries exist in sociology and other social sciences, and if so, to what extent? We compare AY 2002-2003 with AY 2009-2010, the years for which we have data

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