Thursday, April 14, 2011

Cal Profs Apparently Among the Highest-Paid in the Nation

By Ellen Cushing
Thu, Apr 14, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Hmm. Looks like even amidst disastrous budget cuts, UC Berkeley professors are still doing alright for themselves: according to an annual report by the American Association of University Professors, Cal profs earn, on average, $149,100 a year, which makes them the thirteenth-highest paid faculty in the country — and the third-highest among public schools.

Other insights from the report, available in delightfully searchable form from the fine folks at the Chronicle of Higher Ed: The highest-paying academic job in the US is, unsurprisingly, at Harvard, with a whopping $193,800 average; UCLA profs actually edge out Cal's, with an annual salary of $153,700; and Cal's female faculty get paid, on average, about $14K less than their male counterparts. (It's important to note, BTW, before we all start picketing the Faculty Club, that faculty salaries, especially at public research institutions like Berkeley and LA, come from many different sources, both external and internal — including private philanthropy and government research grants — and that the relationship between a school's financial situation and how it pays its faculty is unbelievably complex.)

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