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Faculty Compensation at CU-Boulder Over Time, Compared to Other AAU U.S. Public Universities
Last updated May 15, 2015
Major results for AY 2015
- The average faculty salary for CU Boulder increased from $105,749 to $108,252 (2.4%), while the average faculty salary for AAU public peer institutions increased from $113,126 to $116,492 (3.0%).
- The average salary for full professors increased from $128,844 to $131,620 (2.2%) at CU Boulder, while the average salary at AAU public peer institutions increased from $140,225 to $144,727 (3.2%).
- The average salary for associate professors increased from $94,273 to $95,510 (1.3%) at CU Boulder, while the average salary at AAU public peer institutions increased from $93,142 to $96,221 (3.3%).
- The average salary for assistant professors increased from $82,382 to $85,989 (4.4%) at CU Boulder, while the average salary at AAU public peer institutions increased from $83,336 to $85,943 (3.1%).
- From AY 2005 to AY 2015, the average faculty salary for CU Boulder increased from $84,927 to $108,252 (27.5%), while the average faculty salary for peer institutions increased from $86,831 to $116,492 (34.2%).
- The average faculty salary for CU Boulder was $8,240 (7.1%) below the average faculty salary for AAU public peers. The average salary was $7,531 (6.6%) below average in AY 2014.
- The average salary for full professors at CU Boulder was $13,106 (10.0%) below the average for AAU public peers. The average salary was $11,382 (8.8%) below the average in AY 2014.
- The average salary associate professors at CU Boulder was $710 (0.7%) below the average for AAU public peers. The average salary was $954 (1.0%) above the average in AY 2014.
- The average salary for assistant professors at CU Boulder was $46 (0.1%) above the average for AAU public peers. The average salary was $964 (1.2%) below the average in AY 2014.
- The average faculty total compensation (salary + fringe benefits) for CU Boulder increased from $133,666 to $137,417 (2.8%), while the average faculty total compensation for peer institutions increased from $145,649 to $149,479 (2.6%).
- The average faculty total compensation for CU Boulder was $12,062 (8.1%) below the average faculty total compensation for AAU public peers. In AY 2014, The average total compensation was $11,983 (8.2%) below the average for peer institutions.
Charts and Tables
Data presented above may differ from previous postings and may not exactly match data reported by AAUP due to the following reasons:
- Starting in 2013, missing values have been imputed by calculating the mean of the previous and next year for institutions that did not provide data. For example, missing values were imputed for Oregon (2010), Pittsburgh (2010), SUNY-Stony Brook (2011). AY 2015 information for Indiana and Texas was not available at the time of this posting and has therefore been imputed by calculating the differences between AY 2013 and 2014 and adding those differences to the values for 2014. This produces an estimate based on the assumption that faculty compensation will increase at the same rate as the previous year for Indiana and Texas.
- Some institutions have submitted revised data in recent years in order to correct errors.
- Starting in AY 2014, PBA began using only faculty with 9-10 month contracts at other institutions for comparison. This is because some institutions assign "professor" titles to temporary faculty with 11-12 month contracts (and lower salaries), whereas CU Boulder would typically appoint such individuals to "adjunct" positions.
- Starting in AY 2013, salaries for faculty on 11-12 month contracts have been converted using multipliers specified by their individual institutions rather than simply applying the same multiplier (9/11) to all cases. The differences are minimal and would only be noticed when comparing faculty with all contract types.
- The institutions that comprise the comparison group have changed over time. For example,
- Georgia Tech was added in 2011 and has since provided data going back to AY 2003.
- Rutgers is excluded due to presence of faculty union (AAUP-AFT representation).
- Nebraska has been excluded from analyses since AY 2011 (lost AAU status).
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 for CU Boulder 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
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 (9-10 months); By default, we exclude comparisons with faculty with 11-12 month contracts at other institutions since no "professor" appointments at CU Boulder currently have 11-12 month contracts. However, you may choose to include faculty with 11-12 month contracts as we did in our comparisons up until AY 2012. In this case, we convert 11-12 month salaries (primarily at other institutions) to
9-10 month bases using 9/11 multipliers provided by each institution. Year labels are academic years, e.g. "2006" means "2005-2006" academic year. In the case of
2007, salaries for CU Boulder were recalculated after mid-year salary adjustments. The institutions used in comparisons represents
a subset of U.S. AAU public universities that we typically use for compensation analyses. 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.
We exclude Rutgers due to the presense of a faculty union (AAUP-AFT).