The AAUP's research program promotes the economic security of the profession through advanced research on higher education. 

Faculty Compensation

The AAUP carries out an annual survey on faculty compensation. Results are published in April for the current academic year.

The Academic Workforce

Data Snapshot: Contingent Faculty in US Higher Ed (2018)

Trends in the Academic Labor Force, 1975-2015 (pdf, released March 2017)

The Employment Status of Instructional Staff Members in Higher Education, Fall 2011 (pdf data report, 68 pp., released April 2014.) (Excel files for this report: tables and figures)

Gender Equity

Persistent Inequity: Gender and Academic Employment by John W. Curtis, AAUP Director of Research and Public Policy. April 2011. (Note: For additional tables on academic employment status by gender, see The Employment Status of Instructional Staff Members linked above.)

The AAUP Faculty Gender Equity Indicators 2006 by  Martha S. West and John W. Curtis. This report provides data on four measures of gender equity for faculty at over 1,400 colleges and universities across the country.

Custom Data Reports for AAUP Chapters

Active AAUP chapters may request custom reports on full-time faculty compensation, institutional staffing (instructional and non-instructional), gender equity, and institutional finances. There are two basic report formats: institutional profiles, which provide data for a single institution over time, and peer comparisons, which provide the most recent data available for a set of institutions. Order or inquire about data reports here.

Contact the Research Program 

If you have a question about the faculty compensation survey please contact