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Modest Salary Hikes, Little Growth for Higher Ed Staff

The median salary increase for staff slightly declined over the past year, dropping from 1.93 percent in 2018 to 1.88 percent this year, according to the newest Staff in Higher Education Annual Report by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources.Cupahr

The median salary increase was highest at baccalaureate institutions and lowest at associate’s institutions – 1.99 percent and 1.52 percent, respectively – with master’s and doctor’s schools coming in at 1.94 percent and 1.8 percent, respectively.

This year’s report was based on incumbent-level data from more than 205,000 staff in 153 positions at 857 higher education institutions. Among its other highlights:

· The number of staff reported by higher education institutions grew minimally overall, increasing by .4 percent.

· Women make up 61 percent of higher ed staff overall and minorities comprise 31 percent, both figures unchanged from 2018.

· Women are paid less than equitably compared to men in all staff areas except for office and clerical positions, while all racial minorities except Asians are paid less than White staff in the same job across all areas.

· Graphic design paraprofessionals saw the most job growth, a 26-percent increase and building control systems technicians experienced the largest decline at 24 percent.

· Skilled craft lead positions were paid many of the highest staff salaries, with electricians leading at the highest median salary of $56,691.

· Salaries differ significantly by state and region, with the highest median salaries in the Northeast ($39,756) compared to the West ($39,408), Midwest ($36,649) and South ($35,000).

· In the District of Columbia and 15 states, which have passed legislation enacting future minimum wage increases, 11 percent of higher-ed staff overall currently earn below their respective future state minimums and may require pay increases in the next few years.

The survey collects data on salaries and demographics for each individual incumbent, including age, sex, race/ethnicity and years in position.

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