By Natasha Tripathi

This week an annual survey released by The American Association of University Professors found that the wage gap between associate professors and full professors, whose pay has increased by 12 percent, is widening, and cautions that the recession’s effect on faculty salaries isn’t over yet.

The average salary for full-time faculty members rose 2.2 percent between 2013 and 2014. According to a Chronicle analysis of data provided by the American Association of University Professors, pay for associate professors has grown by 5.6 percent since 2000 and salaries for assistant professors have increased by 9 percent.

The Chronicle suggests that salaries for assistant professors might be rising at a faster rate than those of associate professors because institutions are more likely to annually put together “competitive pay packages” to lure new junior faculty members onto campus.

The average salary of an assistant professor across all types of institutions was $69,848 during 2013 and 2014, compared to $81,980 for an associate professor –– a gap of about $12,000, according to AAUP data.

According to the AAUP data, an associate professor’s “earning power” varies according to the type of institution they work for.


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