What Tenured and Tenure-Track Professors at 4-Year Colleges Made in 2015-16

March 28, 2016

Professors in the fields of business, law, and engineering draw the highest salaries among faculty members who have tenure or are on the tenure track, according to the results of an annual survey released on Monday by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources.

Among full professors, faculty members in legal studies were the best-compensated in the 2015-16 academic year, earning an average of just above $145,000 across both private and public institutions. At the associate- and assistant-professor levels, professors of business, management, and marketing earned the most.

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The overall median salary increase for faculty members was 2 percent — in line with gains in previous years. Instructors on the tenure track earned the biggest median salary bump from last year, at 2.2 percent.

The figures below are based on the salaries of tenured and tenure-track professors at 743 public and private colleges nationwide.

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