Pennsylvania University Professors' Pay Eclipses Averages

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Professors at Pennsylvania's 18 state-owned and -related universities fared well in their paychecks last year compared to colleagues at comparable schools across the country, according to a new survey.

The survey by the American Association of University Professors looked at salaries of full-time faculty at 1,319 universities and colleges. It found salary increases failed to keep pace with inflation over the past two years when salaries grew by 1.4 percent and 1.2 percent, respectively.

The numbers also showed average salaries at Pennsylvania's four state-related schools -- the University of Pittsburgh, Penn State, Temple and Lincoln universities -- eclipsed averages at comparable schools in nearly every category. Average salaries for full professors ranged from $133,500 at Penn State to $97,000 at Lincoln. Associate professors earned averages ranging from $92,200 at Temple to $73,800 at Lincoln.

Although professors at the 14 State System of Higher Education schools earned slightly less than most of those at the state- related schools, their earnings also eclipsed averages in nearly every category among comparable schools.

Kevin Kodish, spokesman for the state system faculty union, said those figures could be misleading because comparable schools included universities in areas of the country where the cost of living is much lower.

"You need to look at schools in the mid-Atlantic region. That's where we're competing for talent with the schools in our region," he said. "We've already had problems attracting and retaining faculty members because some of the private schools offer higher salaries. …