This workbook presents retirement plan contributions by the institution, state, and local government on behalf of individual faculty members, regardless of vesting provisions and excluding payments for unfunded retirement liability, prepaid retiree health insurance, and social security. The amounts do not include employee contributions.
Institutions were asked to provide their best estimate of the data for the entire academic year.
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PR = Professor
AO = Associate Professor
AI = Assistant Professor
IN = Instructor
LE = Lecturer
NR = No Rank
AR = All Ranks
Results of the AAUP’s annual Faculty Compensation Survey are published in April for the current academic year with a full Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession published in July.
2021-22 Faculty Compensation Survey Results
Professor pay fell 5 percent this year, counting inflation
Inside Higher Ed, 4/7/2022
AAUP Institutional Categories. AAUP institutional categories are assigned to institutions by the AAUP Research Office based on the following institutional characteristics:
Category 1 (Doctoral). Institutions characterized by a significant level and breadth of activity in doctoral-level education as measured by the number of doctorate recipients and the diversity in doctoral-level program offerings. Institutions in this category grant a minimum of thirty doctoral-level degrees annually, from at least three distinct programs. (Awards previously categorized as first-professional degrees, such as the JD, MD, and DD, do not count as doctorates for this classification. Awards in the category of “doctor’s degree–professional practice” are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.)
Category IIA (Master's). Institutions characterized by diverse postbaccalaureate programs (including first professional) but not engaged in significant doctoral-level education. Institutions in this category grant a minimum of fifty postbaccalaureate degrees annually, from at least three distinct programs. Awards of postbaccalaureate certificates are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Category IIB (Baccalaureate). Institutions characterized by their primary emphasis on undergraduate baccalaureate-level education. Institutions in this category grant a minimum of fifty bachelor’s degrees annually, from at least three distinct programs, and bachelor’s and higher degrees make up at least 50 percent of total degrees awarded.
Category III (Associate's with Academic Ranks). Institutions characterized by a significant emphasis on undergraduate associate’s degree education. Institutions in this category grant a minimum of fifty associate’s degrees annually. Associate’s degrees make up at least 50 percent, and bachelor’s and higher degrees make up less than 50 percent, of total degrees and certificates awarded.
Category IV (Associate's without Academic Ranks). Institutions characterized by the criteria for category III but without standard academic ranks. An institution that refers to all faculty members as “instructors” or “professors” but does not distinguish among them on the basis of standard ranks should be included in this category. However, if an institution utilizes another ranking scheme that is analogous to the standard ranks, it can be included in category I, II, or III as appropriate.
The AAUP institutional category assigned to an institution may change after meeting the criteria for another category for three consecutive years; exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis.
Users shall provide to the AAUP Research Office an abstract and reference for any published research material resulting from the use of the Faculty Compensation Survey data. Users shall acknowledge in all publications and presentations based on Faculty Compensation Survey data, whether internal, or external, that the source of these data is the ʺFaculty Compensation Survey.ʺ
7/8/2022: Initial revision.