University of Washington officials often argue that state budget cuts are causing the university to fall behind its peers when it comes to offering competitive salaries to faculty. A new salary survey helps put the university’s pay in context.
The average salary of a full professor at the UW’s Seattle campus is $124,254 for the current academic year. That would rank the university 48th among 442 public four-year colleges – a little higher than the University of Massachusetts-Boston, a little lower than Arizona State University.
The data comes from the annual salary survey conducted by the American Association of University Professors, and the data-crunching comes from The Chronicle of Higher Education. But note that the UW submitted its salary information too late for the AAUP publication; we received the numbers from AAUP researchers Monday morning, and then figured out how the UW would rank compared to its peers.
Among Washington’s colleges and universities, the UW’s salaries for full professors are the highest in the state. Despite a four-year wage freeze, the average salary has grown slightly because professors receive step increases whenever a job change or rank moves them to a higher step on the pay scale.
The next highest-paid professors are at private schools. At Seattle University, full professors make an average of $120,300 a year, followed by Whitman College at $110,200 and the University of Puget Sound, at $104,400.
Washington State University professors make $104,000, while Western Washington University professors make $84,300 and Eastern Washington professors make $76,000. Central Washington University’s data was absent from the survey.
More information from the AAUP that’s not included in the Chronicle breakdown: A UW associate professor makes $89,158, and an assistant makes $84,126.
Pay is slightly lower at the UW branch campuses. UW-Bothell full professors make $109,755, associate professors make $85,527 and assistant professors make $86,527. At UW-Tacoma, full professors make $104,818, associate professors make $80,035 and assistant professors make $81,097.