Average Faculty Salary by Sector over Time

Between 2001-02 and 2016-17, average faculty salaries increased by less than 1% (after adjusting for inflation) at public doctoral universities, by 5% at private nonprofit bachelor’s colleges, and by 29% at for-profit institutions. Average faculty salaries did not keep up with inflation in other sectors.

Figure 24A: Average Salary of Full-Time Instructional Faculty, 2001-02 to 2016-17, Selected Years

Notes & Sources 

NOTE: Includes instructional faculty on nine-month contracts in degree-granting institutions and excludes instructional faculty at medical schools. 

SOURCE: NCES, Digest of Education Statistics, 2007, Table 248; 2013, Table 316.20; 2017, Table 316.20.

  • In 2016-17, the average salary for full-time faculty at public doctoral universities was about 15% lower than the average salary at private nonprofit doctoral universities. Average salaries are similar at public and private nonprofit master’s universities.