ASA’s Annual NEA Higher Education Faculty Salary Analysis Released
n this 2023 NEA Special Salary issue, we take a post-pandemic look at faculty salaries in 2022. What we find, looking at federal data, is that U.S. faculty’s purchasing power—that is the value of faculty salaries, considering inflation—is at historical lows. All the gains that were made incrementally since the Great Recession of 2008 have evaporated in pandemic-related inflation.
This year’s analysis also shows persistent gaps in pay for HBCU faculty and for women, in general, who typically work in the lowest paid ranks in the lowest-paid types of institutions. On the other hand, the data clearly shows that faculty in institutions with union representation earn more than their colleagues teaching where there is no union presence.