Analysis of 2000 Salary Offer Survey Results

Sent to IS World October 23, 2000 and Corrected October 22, 2001

The final spreadsheet, in Excel 2000 Pivot Table form, is available by clicking here. Thanks to Ido Millet of Penn State Erie for graciously providing this tool.

An informal analysis for the academic year 2000-2001 salary survey is included below. The most important statistics: The average offer for new U.S., PhD assistant professor hires (the largest subgroup, N=93) was $82,244 (up 5.6%), and the average U.S., PhD (the largest group, N=150) offer overall was $86,922 (up 10.9%).

We appreciate the largest number of entries (N=159) to the AIS/ISWORLD/University of Pittsburgh 2000 salary survey, still available as a link from the main survey page. The final result in Excel form is also available from that page with a little bit of analysis embedded in the spreadsheet. The analysis is shown below.

Somewhat arbitrarily, a maximum teaching load of 4 courses (3-credit equivalents) defined "research institutions," and those schools above 4 credits were labeled "teaching institutions."

I have chosen to include all data points, even including some that might be controversial--to preserve comparability with previous years. However, note that some are teaching with Masters degrees, and some offers are from other countries. Note that one earns an annual salary of $1,200 because he/she teaches in a country where the cost of living is completely non-comparable to U.S. salaries, comprising the bulk of these data.

This year, including all data points, the overall average salary is $84,819 compared with $77,431 in 1999 and $68,702 in 1998. This represents a 9.5% increase over 1999, which in turn was a 12.7% increase over 1998. The amount of the increase is largest in research institutions for all ranks except for assistant professors, where the increase is slightly smaller.

Omitting all offers from other countries and omitting all Masters degree faculty raises the average salary overall from $84,819 to $86,922, and raises the average new assistant salary offer from $81,482 to $82,244, as noted in the table below.

The 53 PhD/US respondents who chose to reveal their salaries identities averaged $84,781, which is about $3,000 below the average of $88,092 (those who did not reveal their identities) (a two-tailed T-test of anonymous versus nonanonymous salaries fails at p<.19).

The 33 PhD/US/Assistant respondents who chose to reveal their identities averaged $82,267, which is only $35 above the average of $82,232 (those 60 who chose not to reveal their identities). A T-test was not performed on these obviously similar numbers.

The correlation between salaries and teaching load is a bit weaker than last year, at -0.356. The correlation between summer support and teaching load is much stronger slightly weaker than last year, at -0.658.

$84,819 Average salary overall (n=159) up 9.5% 1999 $77,431 1998 $68,702
$86,922 US only, PhD only (n=150) up 10.9% 1999 $78,375 1998 $68,928
  $91,590 In research institutions (teaching load of 4 or below; n=94 93) up 7,794  
  $75,278 in teaching institutions (teaching load > 4; n=65 66) up 5,182  
$91,000 Associate professors (n=14) up 10.0% 1999 $82,717 1998 $71,563
  $104,000 in research institutions (n-6) up 17,562  
  $81,251 in teaching institutions (n=8) up 7,037  
$81,482 New assistant professors only (n=97) up 6.0% 1999 $76,894 1998 $67,569
$82,244 US only, PhD only (n=93) up 5.6% 1999 $77,901 1998 $67,435
  $86,716 in research institutions (n=62) up 3.446  
  $72,611 in teaching institutions (n=35) up 3.712  
$83,646 Assistant professors switching to a new school (n=28) up 10.0% 1999 $76,071 1998 $70,679
  $89,679 in research institutions (n=14) up 8,561  
  $77,613 in teaching institutions (n=14) up 6,307  
$13,784 Average summer support (caution: n=128)
(caution: only includes offers with summer support)
up 11.6% 1999 $12,347 1998 $8,426
  $17,364 in research institutions (n=84 of 94 have it) up 3,931  
  $7,182 in teaching institutions (n=44 of 65 have it) down 1,212  
4.7 Average teaching load down -4.1% 1999 4.9 1998 4.9
  3.6 in research institutions (down .2)  
  6.2 in teaching institutions (up .2)  

-0.356 correlation between teaching load and salary
-0.658 correlation between teaching load and summer support

This Year’s Survey

This year, we are continuing to allow candidates to choose either an anonymous or non-anonymous (only to Dennis) entry. More candidates than ever before have chosen to reveal their identities to me. We will try something new this year; AIS will collect similar information from the schools who are using the placement service. We will compare the numbers to provide further evidence that these numbers can be used by schools with confidence.

Anonymous submissions are certainly appreciated, but in the past some deans stated that they did not wish to pay attention to anonymous data. It seems that we need a substantial body of verified/verifiable data for extending the impact of the survey. A non-anonymous entry will simply have a "yes" in the "identity revealed?" column as before.

We hope you find the results from last year interesting and useful, and that we receive a large number of submissions once again this year, especially with identities revealed!

Dennis Galletta
Page Editor: Salary Survey and AIS VP of Member Services