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Mean, Maximum, and Minimum Salaries of Professors in Undergraduate Four-Year Colleges and
Universities: 1961-62
Author(s): W. Robert Bokelman and Louis A. D'Amico
Source: AAUP Bulletin, Vol. 49, No. 1 (Mar., 1963), pp. 63-65
Published by: American Association of University Professors
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Mean, Maximum, and Minimum Salaries
of Professors in Undergraduate
Four- Year Colleges and Universities: 1961-62
By W. ROBERT BOKELMAN AND LOUIS A. D'AMICO

Generally, the academic rank of professor in colleges
and universities is attained after many years in the lower

ranks, through academic accomplishment in teaching
and research. With the achievement of the professor
rank, an individual attains a better salary and other
academic prerogatives. That the salaries of professors are

With regard to maximum salaries paid to professors
during 1961-62 (see Table 2), approximately one seventh
of the public and one sixteenth of the private institutions paid 9-10-month maximums of $15,000 and over.
The proportion of institutions paying professors 11-12month maximums of $15,000 and over was one fourth

higher than those of other faculty ranks is shown by the

of the public and one fourte; enth of the private institu-

mean salary figures extracted from the Higher Education

tions.

Planning and Management Data, 1961-62.1

The responses of public institutions to the 1961-62
salary survey included 80 of 84 universities, 76 of 89
liberal arts colleges, and 123 of 154 teachers colleges.
Private institutional responses consisted of 53 of 59
universities, 520 of 669 liberal arts colleges, and 21 of 31

In contrast to these high maximums, about one fourth

of the public and slightly over one half of the private
institutions paid professors 9-10-month maximums of
under $9,000. For those paying on an 11-12-month basis,

one out of 25 public and three sevenths of the private
institutions paid maximums of under $9,000.

teachers colleges. For these three types of institutions the

As for minimum salaries paid professors (see Table 3),

response rate was 91 per cent for those under public con-

about one fifth of the public and one eleventh of the

trol and 78 per cent for those under private control. It

private institutions paid 9-10-month minimums of $9,000

should be mentioned that a small number of the respond-

and over, and almost two thirds of the public and slightly

ing institutions did not report salary data for faculty (the
survey also included requests for administrative salaries,

of $9,000 and over. On the other hand, one out of 25

tuition, room and board rates, and new buildings com-

pleted).

over one fifth of the private paid 11-12-month minimums

of the public and slightly over one fifth of the private
institutions paid 9-10-month minimums of under $6,000,

This report deals with the mean, maximum, and mini-

and none of the public and one eighth of the private

mum contract salaries paid by four-year institutions to pro-

institutions paid 11-12-month minimums of under $6,000.

fessors in 1961-62. A comparison of mean salaries with

It should be borne in mind that this report deals with
contractual salaries only. There are no data available on

the means of other faculty ranks (see Table 1) shows
that salaries received by professors, whether on 9-10or 11-12-month basis, were progressively higher than
those of associate professors, assistant professors, and

instructors.

fringe benefits and other prerogatives afforded faculty

members in institutions. There is also no information on

the outside earnings of faculty. If fringe benefits and
outside earnings were added to contractual salaries, the

1 Bokelman, W. Robert, and D'Amico, Louis A., Higher Educa-

tion Salaries: 1961-62, OE-53015-62, Office of Education, U.S.
Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, 1962.

W. ROBERT BOKELMAN is Chief, Business Administration

financial status of the professor, especially of professors
in universities, would appear considerably better than it
appears by the contractual salary data alone. However, in

Section, and LOUIS A. D'AMICO is Specialist for Business

a large number of cases, especially in private liberal arts
colleges, the maximum-minimum salaries of professors

Office of Education.

need to be improved.

Administration, Division of Higher Education, United States

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Table 1 - Mean Salaries of Faculty Ranks on 9-10- and 11-12-Month Contracts
by Institutional Type and Control: 1961-62
Public Private
Faculty

rank * . Liberal Teachers TT . .t Liberal Teachers

University . arfs coUege University TT . .t M coUege
9-10-month contracts

Professor $11,240 $10,360 $9,010 $11,990 $8,410

Associate professor 8,550 8,620 7,670 8,500 6,970
Assistant professor 7,100 6,980 6,800 6,950 6,040
Instructor 5,650 5,760 5,900 5,670 5,220

11-12-month contracts

Professor $12,370 $10,600 $10,220 $11,260 $ 9,120 $ 9,190

Associate professor 9,670 8,080 8,420 9,140 7,260 7,720
Assistant professor 8,090 7,220 7,510 7,960 6,340 6,690
Instructor 6,560 6,000 6,460 6,190 5,400 5,130

Table 2 - Maximum Salaries Paid Full Professors on 9-10- and 11-12-Month Contracts
by Public and Private Four-year Undergraduate Institutions: 1961-62
Type of institution

Salary 9-10-month contracts 11-12-month contracts
category

Total « . , TT . .. Liberal Teachers ~ t . TT . ., Liberal Teachers

Total « . , University TT . .. aft$ college Total ~ t . TT University . ., aft$ coUege
Public

Total 256 79 71 106 156 68 42 46
$18,000 & over 16 16 14 14
$15,000-17,999 19 15 4 24 19 3 2
$12,000-14,999 42 23 15 4 59 32 15 12
$9,000-11,999 116 23 27 66 53 3 21 29
$6,000-8,999 63 2 25 36 6 3 3
Below $6,000

Private

Total 449 47 401 1 130 21 104 5
$18,000 & over 12 12 2 11
$15,000-17,999 13 5 8 8 4 3 1
$12,000-14,999 50 13 37 15 8 7

$9,000-11,999 133 16 116 1 50 8 39 3

$6,000-8,999 207 1 206 52 51 1
Below $6,000 34 34 33

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Table 3 - Minimum Salaries Paid Full Professors on 9-10- and 11-12-Month Contracts
by Public and Private Four-year Undergraduate Institutions: 1961-62
Type of institution

Salary 9-10-month contracts 11-12-month contracts
category _

~ . TT . . Liberal Teachers ~ . , TT . ., Liberal Teachers

Total ~ . University TT . . am college ~ Total . , TT University . ., am coUege
Public

Total 256 79 71 106 156 68 42 46

$10,000 & over 16 6 8 2 61 24 19 18
$9,000-9,999 32 9 7 16 39 18 12 9
$8,000-8,999 65 26 12 27 28 13 6 9

$7,000-7,999 85 23 24 38 20 10 3 7
$6,000-6,999 48 11 17 20 7 2 2 3
$5,000-5,999 10 4 3 3
Below $5,000

Private

Total 449 47 401 1 130 21 104 5

$10,000 & over 21 10 11 15 5 10
$9,000-9,999 28 5 22 1 13 3 10

$8,000-8,999 60 9 51 25 6 19
$7,000-7,999 109 16 93 30 4 22 4

$6,000-6,999 131 5 126 31 3 28
$5,000-5,999 74 1 73 8 8
Below $5,000 26 1 25 8 7 1

. . . a close positive relationship
It seems clear on the American College scene that a close positive relationship
exists between the excellence of colleges, the strength of their faculties, and the
extent of faculty responsibility in determining faculty membership.
From "Statement on Procedural Standards in Faculty Dismissal Proceedings"

Bulletin, Spring, 1958, pp. 271.

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