This year, the average salary at private research universities was $167, 393., while at public universities it was $123,393. Assistant professors at public universities were paid approximately $4,000. less than their peers at private universities. Another practice increasingly seen at public universities is the use of lower paid “contingent faculty,” some paid as little as $2,000/course. Increasingly, public universities are losing ground to their peer private universities, which have larger endowments to carry them through these tougher economic times.
Additional studies which need to be done to inform students seeking admission include comparing average class sizes, students/room ratios, and number of years to graduate.
Sarah C. Reese, Informed Educational Solutions
- School faculty pay survey shows growing gap (eschoolnews.com)
- San Diego university pay scales (utsandiego.com)
- Faculty Pay Survey Shows Growing Gap Between Public, Private Colleges (educationviews.org)