Surveys of Part-Time Faculty Wages at Community Colleges

Surveys of Part-Time Faculty Wages at Community Colleges

State Description of Part-Time Wage Data Period of Data Unit of Analysis
California Pay by credit hour: $29 to $68, average between $35 and $45. Inferred annual earnings assuming forty-five credit hours a year: $22,668 (state verage, salary schedule, n=21). Reported annual earnings: $24,626 (state average, faculty survey, n=22).* 2005 Individual community college districts

Pay by credit hour: $275 to $740, state average $497. Fiscal year 2004 Individual community colleges
Totals for part-time faculty positions ($30,719,601) divided by number of part-time faculty positions (1,940.5) yields statewide average earnings of $15,831.* Fiscal year 2007 Community colleges as one group

New Mexico
Pay by credit hour: $763. 2006–07 Two-year institutions as one group
Minimum pay by credit hour: mean=$471, median=$457; maximum pay by credit hour:
mean=$497, median=$575.
2006–07 Individual community colleges
Mideast Region:
Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York,
and Pennsylvania
Average annual earnings: $13,297 Fall 1998 Public two-year institutions as one group: Mideast region
Average annual earnings: $19,476 Fall 2000 Community colleges as one group
Washington Inferred annual earnings based on full course load (forty-five credit hours a year): $29,911 (state average). 2007 Individual community college districts

* Authors’ calculations

Sources: California Statewide Part-Time/Full-Time Salary Comparison Chart,; Fiscal Year 2004 Salary Report for the Illinois Public Community Colleges, Illinois Community College Board,; Mississippi State Board for Community and Junior Colleges, Employees’ Salaries and Fringe Benefits Worksheet A; New Mexico Higher Education Department, Report on Part-Time Faculty Compensation and Salary Survey; The OEA Almanac of Oregon Community Colleges, 2006–2007 Supplemental Edition, December 2007; Part-Time Faculty at Institutions of Higher Education in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, October 2003, Report of the Advisory Committee on Part-Time Faculty, table 4; Texas State Higher Education Coordinating Board, A Study of Disparities in Compensation for Part-Time and Full-Time Faculty,; and American Federation of Teachers Washington, AFL-CIO “College Report Card Grid,”


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