Salaries for High-level Administrators Continue to Rise at Colleges

A study being released today reveals that the median base salary for senior-level administrative positions on college and university campuses has risen by 4 percent since last year.

The College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) released this finding in its 2007-08 Administrative Compensation Survey report. CUPA-HR has been administering this survey since 1967, and this is the second consecutive year that median salaries for senior-level administrative jobs have risen by 4 percent.

The results of the study reflect the salaries of 73,575 administrative personnel in colleges and universities around the nation. Data were collected using online surveys from 1,307 institutions for 272 chosen positions, with the majority being at the director level and above.

“The high participation rate and the large number of incumbents represented in the survey provide very meaningful data for higher education,” said Ray “Chip” Sizemore, CUPA-HR Director of Research & Information Systems.

Salary increases were slightly higher at public institutions than at private institutions, according to the survey. Athletics personnel showed the greatest difference between public and private institutions, with an increase of 4.3 percent at public intuitions compared to 4 percent at private colleges and universities.

Deans of medicine, law and public health were among the highest paid deans, while deans working in mathematics, divinity/theology and vocational education were some of the lowest paid deans in the institutions surveyed.

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