James Madison University
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Research Notes

Volume 16, Number 3

August, 2002

Faculty Salaries of JMU's Peer Group, 2001-02

In 1986 the Virginia General Assembly approved a policy to enhance the competitive position of higher education institutions in Virginia by raising the average faculty salary of each publicly supported higher education institution to the 60th percentile of a group of peer institutions outside of Virginia. Since the 1980's JMU has had three faculty salary peer groups, the most recent one being selected in 1997. The standard source of data on faculty salaries is the AAUP salary survey that is completed each year in the fall and published the following spring.

When the peer groups were selected in 1986 in cooperation with institutional representatives JMU ranked 22nd out of 25 peer institutions. Due to the commitment by the Commonwealth significant monies were designated by the General Assembly between 1986 and 1990 to raise the average salaries. Between 1985-86 and 1989-90, the average JMU salary increased from $29,682 to $42,618, an increase of 43.6 percent. The state budget crisis in the early 1990's resulted in JMU's average salary rank slipping from 7th in 1989-90 to 9th in 1996-97.

In the spring of 1997 institutional representatives met at SCHEV to select a new peer group that better reflected the changes that have occurred at JMU since the 1980's. The resulting peer group is a far more competitive list of institutions than the 1986 group. Institutions now considered peers include such well-known institutions as the University of Notre Dame, the University of Delaware, Ohio University, SUNY-Binghamton, the University of Rhode Island, Providence College, and Texas Christian University.

These new peer institutions as a whole have a much higher faculty salary average than the 1986 group. In 1995-96 JMU's average salary was within $1,000 of the 60th percentile which means that the institution was not well positioned for needed salary increases even though the quality of JMU and its national reputation had improved markedly since 1986. The Commonwealth's budget problems have hurt JMU's relative position in the past two years. In 1999-00 JMU's average salary was $1,800 below the 60th percentile target.. As can be seen in table below, JMU is now $4,600 below the 60th percentile. In 1997-98 JMU's average salary was $4,200 below the 60th percentile.. However, JMU now ranks 14th among its peer institutions, down from 12th in 2000-01.

Additional detail on the changes in JMU's faculty salary averages since 1993-94 can be viewed in the following link. Since 1993-94 twelve institutions have received similar or larger percentage increases than JMU (30 percent). Additional salary increases that will move JMU back toward the 60th percentile are dependent upon the actions of the General Assembly. Given the current budget impasse in Richmond, JMU's relative position is likely to worsen for 2002-03.

Additional questions about this Research Notes can be addressed to the Office of Institutional Research. Individuals who would like to view the Web sites of these institutions are urged to follow this link.

 

STATE PEER INSTITUTION PROF ASSOC ASST INSTR ALL
RANKS
IN University of Notre Dame
109.9
73.6
64.3
60.7
87.2
DE University of Delaware
100.0
70.0
56.1
43.4
75.1
RI University of Rhode Island
82.1
62.2
50.0
-
70.5
NY SUNY Binghamton
90.1
65.2
55.9
45.3
68.0
CA California State University-Chico
79.9
64.1
49.0
40.1
67.1
PA Indiana University of Pennsylvania
84.2
66.5
54.1
42.6
66.7
TX Texas Christian University
87.6
64.0
57.6
46.4
66.2
CA California State University-Fresno
79.9
64.7
48.9
40.0
65.9
RI Providence College
81.4
66.9
53.0
44.6
63.6
OH Ohio University (Main Campus)
79.8
60.4
49.1
-
62.0
TX Baylor University
81.7
62.7
50.0
-
61.3
IL Bradley University
76.6
60.1
50.9
37.0
58.7
OR University of Oregon
76.7
55.4
47.1
35.4
57.6
VA James Madison University
72.3
59.2
46.4
39.5
57.3
NY SUNY College-Brockport
75.1
63.0
47.6
45.2
56.5
MD Towson University
71.5
59.9
47.6
45.7
56.1
IA University of Northern Iowa
73.9
57.6
47.9
40.2
55.9
NC Appalachian State University
69.0
57.3
46.6
44.5
55.9
WA Western Washington University
66.5
53.7
46.4
39.1
55.3
MD Salisbury State University
71.7
55.3
49.1
48.9
54.2
TN Middle Tennessee State University
69.4
51.4
44.2
30.8
53.2
TN University of Tennessee-Chattanooga
63.0
51.4
45.4
32.2
52.4
NY SUNY Oswego
64.2
54.5
43.7
34.7
51.8
SC College of Charleston
66.0
53.2
42.9
36.8
50.5
ND University of North Dakota
61.1
51.6
45.2
37.7
49.2
PEER AVERAGE
60.9
PEER 6TH PERCENTILE (Excel Formula)
61.9
COUNT
24

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