Does the salary database published by the Chronicles of Higher Ed give a salary range or related statistics (SD, percentiles)? or is there another source that gives this information? The offer I got is nearly $17k less than the average asst prof at the institution according to the Chronicles database. Asking for what the average is would be an increase of nearly 28%. i'm hesitant to request that much of a boost and am assuming the average salary includes all assistant professors across the university so may be skewed with the presence of a medical school and other "better paying" fields. Knowing the low end and shooting for somewhere in the middle would be helpful. Thanks!
Date: 18 Dec 2014 20:30
Number of posts: 5
RSS: New posts
Don't forget - it's also all assistant profs (years 0-6). We get annual cost of living raises, so there are asst profs who make more than new hires because they have more years of service. And yes, between department variability is real.
Try any of these:
Hope this helps!
There is a huge difference between SLAC and R1 on salary. I work at a regional SLAC in the midwest - I get paid $46,000 year. Pathetic! I know. They are trying to help increase our pay. But the point is that given the finances there would be no way to negotiate much higher. Keep in mind that there may be more senior faculty who might be getting not much more than what was offered to you. So - try to identify the average pay range for comparable schools in the same area of the country.
I don't know the low end. The highest I've heard (at two different R1s) was $98k for 9mo salary. The offer I accepted (also an R1) was very close to that. (I asked for more and was rebuffed. Though they didn't seem especially put out by the question.)
Another question you have to ask yourself if what else you could do. In my line of work, it's possible to get good industry jobs for around $150k-$200k. I think the research is less interesting and so haven't gone down that road. But it's good to remember that there are other things to do out there beyond academia.