2022–23 AAUP Faculty Compensation Survey Results

By Glenn Colby

The AAUP’s Department of Research has released preliminary findings from the AAUP’s 2022–23 Faculty Compensation Survey. The Faculty Compensation Survey includes five components: (a) full-time faculty salaries by rank, gender, and contract length; (b) full-time faculty benefits, including retirement, medical, and dependent tuition benefits; (c) continuing full-time faculty salaries by rank and contract length; (d) salary data for key administrative positions; and (e) salary and benefits data for part-time adjunct faculty members who were paid on a percourse-section basis in the prior academic year. Data on part-time adjunct faculty were collected for the prior academic year, 2021–22, to ensure that institutions could provide complete data for an entire academic year.

Results can be explored on the AAUP’s interactive data website, at https://data.aaup.org, which includes institution-level data and tools for summarizing those data by region, state, institution size, Carnegie Classification, and other variables. AAUP chapter leaders, AAUP state conference officers, and local presidents from the American Federation of Teachers can request raw data access free of charge for their business purposes, and institutions can purchase raw data access for a fee. Summary tables are now available at https://www.aaup.org/ARES, along with institution-level appendices to accompany the forthcoming Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession, 2022–23, which will be published online in June and printed in August in the summer issue of Academe. Final data sets, including corrected appendices, will be released in July.

Data collection for the AAUP’s 2022–23 Faculty Compensation Survey concluded in March, with nearly 900 US colleges and universities providing employment and compensation data for approximately 370,000 full-time and 90,000 part-time faculty members as well as for senior administrators at more than 500 institutions. Participants reflected the wide range of institution types across the United States, including nearly 300 doctoral universities, 250 regional universities, 200 liberal arts colleges, 100 community colleges, and 180 minority-serving institutions.

Last year’s Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession documented a 5.0 percent decrease in average real wages for full-time faculty members, after adjusting for inflation, representing the greatest one-year decrease in real wages for full-time faculty since the AAUP began tracking the measure in 1972. This year’s annual report will document the economic status of faculty in a year when the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers rose 6.5 percent from December to December, following a 7.0 percent increase the previous year, which was the largest percentage increase since 1981. The report will document the economic status of both full-time and part-time faculty members as well as the continued underrepresentation of women full-time faculty members in higher ranks and gender pay disparities.

For information about data products available from the Department of Research, visit https:// research.aaup.org/order.