Date Coverage: AY 2017–18 to 2021–22
 
 
Created: July 08, 2022
 
Last Updated: February 12, 2024

Part-Time Faculty Pay

Pay per Course Section

The number faculty and minimum, maximum, and average (mean) pay per course section for part-time faculty members in the prior academic year.

Description

This workbook presents the number faculty and minimum, maximum, and average (arithmetic mean) pay per course section for part-time faculty members in the prior academic year.

The part-time faculty members reported in the survey are those faculty members who were paid per section of course taught and defined by their institutions as employed less than full time. As with full-time faculty members, part-time faculty members are those included in the US Department of Education categories of “Primarily Instructional” and “Instructional/Research/Public Service,” regardless of whether they are formally designated “faculty.” Clinical or basic science faculty in schools of medicine or military faculty are excluded. Individuals employed to meet short-term needs (for example, to cover a few weeks of a course) and students in the Federal Work-Study Program are excluded, even if their work has an instructional component.

The course sections for which part-time faculty pay is reported are those meeting the definition of an undergraduate class section in the Common Data Set for 2021–22 (https://www.commondataset.org/), item I–3: “an organized course offered for credit, identified by discipline and number, meeting at a stated time or times in a classroom or similar setting, and not a subsection such as a laboratory or discussion session. Undergraduate class sections are defined as any sections in which at least one degree-seeking undergraduate student is enrolled for credit. Exclude distance learning classes and noncredit classes and individual instruction such as dissertation or thesis research, music instruction, or one-to-one readings. Exclude students in independent study, co-operative programs, internships, foreign language taped tutor sessions, practicums, and all students in one-on-one classes.”

Pay is for the prior academic year to enable institutions to report data for an entire
academic year. Aggregate values may differ from summary tables published in The Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession, which excludes minimum pay reported as less than $500 per section or more than $50,000.

Downloads and Additional Sources

AAUP Faculty Compensation Survey datasets are available to order. Fees may apply.

Abbreviations

Measures

H/C = Unduplicated headcount of part-time faculty members paid on a per-course-section basis.
Min. = Minimum pay for a standard course section, whether from actual data or by policy.
Max. = Maximum pay for a standard course section, whether from actual data or by policy.
Avg. = Average (arithmetic mean) pay for a standard course section.

Related Resources

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.

2022-23 Faculty Compensation Survey Results

AAUP

Professor pay fell 5 percent this year, counting inflation

Inside Higher Ed, 4/7/2022

Definitions

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.

Suggested Citation

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

Change Log

7/8/2022: Initial revision.

4/6/2023: Data update.

8/3/2023: Data update. Added BREAKDOWN worksheet and additional filters.

2/12/2024: Data update.

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