Analysis of 2002 Salary Offer Survey Results

Sent to IS World November 17, 2002

AIS, ISWORLD NET, and the University of Pittsburgh announce the results of last year's MIS Faculty Salary Offer Survey and the kickoff of the survey for the 2003-2004 academic year, both available at

Bottom line per year (US, PhD-only candidates, the largest subgroup):
»2002-2003: $98,359 ($100,502 in research schools)
»2001-2002: $92,562 ($ 94,462 in research schools)
»2000-2001: $82,244 ($ 87,192 in research schools)
»1999-2000: $77,901
»1998-1999: $67,435

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

2002-2003 RESULTS: This year I have removed the extraneous statistics, with averages across ranks.

We only have record of 90 offers this year (down from 145 last year). I have not investigated whether or not this decrease was due to the availability of fewer jobs, fewer offers, or simply fewer entries! The most important statistic in my informal analysis is that US PhD-only hires (the largest subgroup, N=35) were $98,359 this year, up 6.3% from last year’s $92,562.

The 22 PhD/US/Assistant respondents who chose to reveal their identities averaged $98,072, which is only $1,003 less than the average for those hiding their identities ($99,075; n=42). The difference is not significant (two-tailed p=.804).

The correlation between salaries and teaching load remains strong, at -.602. The correlation between summer support and teaching load is also very strong, at -.670.

2002-2003   Change 2001-2002 2000-2001 1999-2000 1998-1999
$96,939 New assistant professors only (n=40) 7.27% $90,368 $81,482 $76,894 $67,569
$98,359 US only, PhD only (n=35) 6.26% $92,562 $82,244 $77,901 $67,435
  $100,502 in research institutions (n=30) up $6,040   $94462  
  $85,500 in teaching institutions (n=5) up $8,618   $76882  
$92,273 Assistant professors switching to a new school (n=38) 1.81% $90,632 $83,646 $76,071
  $97,200 in research institutions (n=15) down $865   $98065  
  $81,714 in teaching institutions (n=7) up $2,481   $79233  
$88,542 Associate professors (n=12) -7.81% $96,038 $91,000 $82,717 $71,563
  $96,417 in research institutions (n-6) down $11,433   $107850  
  $80,667 in teaching institutions (n=6) up $9,729   $70938  
$16,246 Summer Support (caution: n=69)
(caution: only includes offers with summer support)
-7.95% $17650 $13784 $12,347 $8,426
  $18,414 in research institutions (n=53 of 62 have) down $1,029   $19443  
  $9,062 in teaching institutions (n=16 of 28 have) down $ 1,994   $11056  
4.34 Teaching Load -1.36% 4.4 4.7 4.9 4.9
  3.6 in research institutions
(down .1)
  6.0 in teaching institutions
(down .3)

-0.6016 correlation between teaching load and salary
-0.6699 correlation between teaching load and summer support

A “course” is considered to be in 3-credit equivalents, which counts for 45 nominal class hours (including breaks) times 4=180, or 37.5 teaching hours times 4=150. As before, a maximum teaching load of 4 courses per year defined "research institutions," and those schools above 4 courses per year were labeled "teaching institutions." Even though schools with higher teaching loads often value and even require research productivity, it seems logical to categorize the schools based on this single, explicit, and quantifiable indicator of a school’s support (not just desire) for research. Although it is an imperfect measure, it does capture much of the decision process of candidates, who consider 180 nominal class hours (including breaks) or 150 teaching hours to be the limit for what they consider a research orientation.

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—the anonymous category is fortunately becoming somewhat obsolete.

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