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Faculty Compensation at CU-Boulder Over Time, Compared to Other AAU U.S. Public Universities

Last updated May 2012

The University of Colorado Boulder routinely compares salaries of CU-Boulder faculty to salaries at peer institutions, taken from a subset of U.S. public members of the American Association of Universities (AAU). Academic year 2007 salary figures are from January 1, 2007, which INCLUDES mid-year salary adjustments. For comparisons to CU system analysis done prior to AY 2006, please see the documentation on differences in average salary and compensation calculations.

Reported faculty salary and compensation comparisons are at the campus-by-rank level. Here we show salaries for full, associate, and assistant professor ranks only. Information on instructors is reported inconsistently across institutions so is not shown. Comparisons by college and department will be available later in the calendar year. For the most recent comparisons at the college and department level, please see the faculty salaries index page. The AAU public averages listed with the department/college comparisons do not match those shown here because we force other institutions' discipline mix to match the mix at CU-Boulder. Here we use all-campus reported averages for every institution.

All salaries are for academic years (9 months); we convert 12-month salaries (primarily at other institutions) to 9-month bases using the national-standard 9/11 multiplier. Year labels are fiscal years, e.g. "2006" means "2005-2006" with "2007 MY" representing AY 2007 salaries after mid-year salary adjustments. The institutions used in comparisons represent a subset of U.S. AAU public universities. In April 2002 we added all AAU members of the University of California to the subset used, with complete data from 1991-92. In April 2005 we added Texas A&M and SUNY-Stony Brook to the subset used, with complete data from 2001-02.  In April 2011 we added Georgia Tech due to their membership in the AAU and discontinued our use of data from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln since they are no longer an AAU member.

Major results

  • In AY 2012 CU-Boulder average salaries measured as a percent difference from AAU public peer averages are improving over AY 2011 figures.
  • Full professor average salary of 4.9 percent below the peer average is an increase of 2.8 percentage points since AY 2011.
  • Associate professor average salary is 1.2 percent above the peer average.
  • Assistant professor average salary is 1 percent below the peer average, which is 1.2 percentage points greater than AY 2011.
  • CU-Boulder full professor average salary and total compensation (salary + benefits) improved relative to peers in AY 2012.
  • Associate professor total compensation is below the peer average by over 3 percentage points and assistant professor total compensation is about 5.5 percentage points above the peer average.
  • NOTES:
    • AAUP salary and compensation data for the University of Washington and the University of North Carolina are not available as of 5/30/2012.  If these data become available we will update our postings.
    • University of Nebraska at Lincoln data from 2008 and 2010 are in the posting for historical purposes.  They will be removed after AY 2012.
    • Data for Georgia Tech are not available prior to AY 2011 so comparisons to prior years are not available.

Graphs and tables from 1998-99 through the current fiscal year -- based on unweighted averages of the peers listed in institutions used in comparisons.

Caution: Figures in the longitudinal graphs and tables may not exactly match those reported by AAUP since these data may reflect data corrections by institutions after submission to American Association of University Professors (AAUP)..

Excel workbook with figures for individual institutions for three time points over four years.


Last revision 05/31/12


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