How do University of Michigan faculty salaries stack up against peers?
Eli Gurfinkel | The Ann Arbor News
U-M salaries are the highest of any public university in the state.
A breakdown of average pay in 2012-13 by faculty rank:
- Full professors: $148,700 salary, $32,900 worth of benefits.
- Associate professors: $101,100 salary, $26,800 worth of benefits
- Assistant professors: $88,600 salary, $24,900 worth of benefits
- Instructors: $66,100 salary, $20,800 worth of benefits
According to the report, more than 90 percent of U-M's full and associate professors are tenured. Less than 2 percent of assistant professors are tenured.Full professors averaged a 3.5 percent pay increase over the previous year, the report states.
The report includes the salaries of nearly 2,150 U-M faculty. Medical school faculty are not represented in the report, although law, dentistry, nursing, engineering and business professors are.
How does the average faculty salary at U-M compare to salaries at other institutions?
The average salary among U.S. doctoral institutions, both public and private, is $96,700. When only considering public institutions, the average salary drops to $89,700. U-M faculty pay ranks in the top 20th percentile of pay at doctoral institutions.
The average salary among four-year doctoral institutions in the Midwest region that includes Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin is $94,000.
Michigan's other two research universities, Michigan State University and Wayne State University, offer average salaries of $94,600 and $86,400, respectively. Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti offers an average salary of $77,900.The average U-M salary is on par with the average faculty salary offered by fellow Big Ten schools University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Ohio State University and under the $142,000 average salary offered at Northwestern.
The salaries of highly ranked private institutions top what Michigan offers. The average salary at Harvard University is $157,000; at Princeton University it's $153,100; and at Columbia University it's $158,100.
Meanwhile, U-M's average faculty salary is on par with those offered by top public institutions. The average faculty salary at the University of California's Berkley campus is $130,600; at U-C's Los Angeles campus it's $135,700; at the University of Virginia it's $109,400; and at the University of Texas at Austin it's $103,600.
Meanwhile, pay figures reveal a gender gap among the top echelon of teachers at U-M. There are 765 male full professors and 278 female full professors who had their salary reported to the AAUP. The average male salary among full professors at U-M is $155,300, while the average female full professor earns $130,400.
Kim Kearfott, head of U-M's faculty senate, and Frederick Askari, leader of the faculty government's Committee on the Economic Status of the Faculty Members, could not immediately be reached for comment on the report.