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One-third of faculty members see dip in their salaries

March 8, 2010

More than a third of all college faculty members took a pay cut during 2009-2010, and overall faculty pay showed no salary increase, according to the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources annual survey released this week. The results are in contrast to those in the recent past, when professors' pay increased nearly 4 percent per year.

The association collected data from more than 200,000 faculty members and 4,000 researchers for the period Sept. 2009 to Jan. 2010. Overall faculty pay showed no growth since last year, compared with average growth of 3.7 percent in 2008-2009 and 4 percent in 2007-2008.

Higher education tends to feel the effects of a sluggish economy after other industries do, and recovery takes longer, according to John W. Curtis, the AAUP's director of research and public policy, meaning that faculty members will feel a continued strain in the next few years.

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