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August 04, 2008

Salary information for faculty at two universities

Salaries for individual faculty at the University of Wisconsin--Whitewater. The Web page states "2002-2003", but the Word documents currently posted indicate the figures are for 2006-2007. Whitewater enrolls 10,700 students and has 329 faculty. I didn't bother to count, but it looks like the salaries listed are for all, or at least a great majority, of the tenure-track faculty.

One interesting thing the numbers reflect is a situation I've heard is fairly common: in the College of Business & Economics, the 26 full professors' listed salaries have a median of $86,155; the 15 assistant professors' listed salaries have a median of $86,802. One of the assistant professors has a reported salary higher than any of the full professors. Another assistant professor has a reported salary higher than all but one of the full professors.

But this ordering doesn't hold everywhere. The University of Michigan also posts individual salary data. For the most recent year, "2007", for economics department faculty on 9-month appointments, I computed a median reported salary of $103,000 for 15 assistant professors, $123,000 for 4 associate professors, and $178,682 for full professors. The highest salary for the assistant professors was lower than all but two of the full professors.


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Sean Mulholland

Are you comparing economists to economists, or Michigan economists with the entire Business School at Whitewater? At first glance it appears that the inversion at Whitewater is not caused by the economists. Though it does look like the UW-W associate professors of economics are being overtaken by the assistants. Ah, the cost of golden hand-cuffs.

Kevin Brancato

GMU's salary data can be found at


I have a good friend at Whitewater. I'm torn about looking to see how much she makes. ;->=

Whatever they're paying her, I'm sure it's not enough. Great professor, really good researcher, dedicated, hard-working. All the things you'd want in a faculty member.


Interesting. I'm surprised at how much those assistant profs make at Whitewater, although I'm assuming you have accountants and finance faculty in there as well.

It is pretty easy to become a full professor in the UW system. Three years after getting tenure, unless you have already become deadwood up you go to full without outside reviewers. Hence the full profs may only be three or four years older than some assistant profs.


NCSU salary info is available through the Charlotte Observer. My Philosophy prof earned 1/4 the average Econ prof. Justifiably, in my estimation. Many of my Econ profs understood philosophy. The Philosophy prof had significant issues with Econ.

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