Pay(rate) My Professor

The top 10 Illinois schools in average salaries for professors.

In the wake of the faculty members strike at University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), we took a look at the salaries of tenured and non-tenured college instructors, according to data from the Chronicle of Higher Education.

In case you didn't hear about the two-day strike at UIC, here are the details: Faculty members hope the strike will lead to 4.5 percent salary increases (as opposed to the university's proposed 3.25 percent increase) and a raise in the minimum salary for full-time lecturers without tenure. Additionally, the union is seeking a raise in minimum salaries to $60,000 a year for tenured faculty members, and a raise to $45,000 (from the current $30,000) for nontenured faculty. 

We ranked the top 10 schools in terms of average salaries for faculty members, not based on the minimum numbers mentioned above. That's why the UIC numbers will be higher than $60,000.

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The views expressed in this post are those of Reboot Illinois and do not necessarily reflect those of Patch or its editors.

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Herc February 19, 2014 at 11:53 PM
Some of these are outrages!
Enrique H. February 20, 2014 at 01:09 AM
Not too bad, considering the top universities in the state are considered world-class for certain disciplines and include numerous Nobel winners. I'd say the more outrageous salaries are our local high schools, that include counselors and physical education teachers raking in $120,000 a year (as much or more than assistant professors at some of the universities on the list). I'm sorry, but I think the skill set of a professor at a prestigious university is a little more rare than the average high school teacher in District 113--too bad the pay rate is the same.
Enrique H. February 20, 2014 at 01:11 AM
It sure pays to have the last name Swanson in this town or be friends with a department chair. 2 words: job security. 3 words: tons of cash.
Magilla Gorilla February 20, 2014 at 08:29 AM
Teachers, and Especially Administrators, are insanely overpaid in most school districts in Illinois. If you think about it, it is only a part-time job. The amount of "Man-Hours" actually spent Teaching pales in comparison to the average Full-Time worker outside of the Education Industry. Prep-Times for lessons and grading assignments considered, the school year is still, for all intents and purposes, considered by the average Private, Taxpaying Citizen, as Part-Time employment. This is due to the ridiculous amount of days off... Summer, Winter and Spring breaks and Every Made-Up Holiday you can think of. Spoiled?, YES! That being said, personally, I would not want to do it.
Tom February 20, 2014 at 09:00 AM
Ah yes but aren't they heroes? Maybe people should stop bowing down to the hero class. I don't respect anyone who believes it's their right to get Pulaski Day off, gets two weeks at Christmas, a week in the spring and then the entire summer off. I thought becoming a teacher was about helping he poor chidren and not anout the money, benefits, pensions. Go hold the children, that you love so much, hostage while you demand more from tax payers
Ex Jolietian February 20, 2014 at 09:18 AM
If I was a professor.. I would be upset about the picture the Patch posted to represent professors. Great journalism once again.
Fozzie Dabear February 20, 2014 at 09:32 AM
I think what you have to do is compare to salaries at comparable positions. Re the 60k$ at UIC, I know that to get a competent person in a technical field like chemistry or engineering to work in industry, you have to pay A LOT more than that. A sociologist, maybe not.
Lorriane February 20, 2014 at 09:35 AM
All I can say is the pensions state workers are alloted compared to the pittance they pay into the system is maddening and tax payers should be up and arms about paying for someone else's retirement packages.
Brennan February 20, 2014 at 10:34 AM
The one item that we as taxpayers should care about is paying the non-tenure lecturers and faculty more. These people have PhDs and teach the courses that the tenured faculty don't want to teach. In other words, these are the people teaching your kids and they are overworked and underpaid. The new younger faculty don't have and will never have the pensions and benefit packages that the older faculty have. The younger faculty have more and more man-hours and more responsibilities. The tenured faculty only want to focus on their arcane area of research, science and humanities, and not go to committee meetings and not have to teach. The teaching unions, both at the college and high school levels, need to be committed to get the dead wood out and make they system more equitable. Why not give the older faculty more of the administrative duties and some kind of part-time status. There is very little incentive to work hard if you are a counselor at a high school and you make $100k and are given 3 - 4% raises every year and no one can fire you. Some work really hard but the few bad apples give the whole profession a bad name.
Ericus Alanas February 20, 2014 at 10:35 AM
Education and Finance is where its at.
Voice of Reason February 20, 2014 at 10:35 AM
Enrique & Magilla: In consideration of your comments, you'll probably be glad to know that there are employees at Niles Twp. H.S. District 219 that make upwards of $273,000 a year. You can learn more about the compensation for 219 and other School District Employees (which is a matter of public record since they're paid with Taxpayer funds) at the Family Taxpayer's Network website. Remember this when you vote in the next elections as to who's endorsed by the Teacher's Unions, or when you pay your Property Tax Bill in a few weeks.
Fballcoach February 20, 2014 at 11:06 AM
Here is a link to that shows the salaries of all teachers and administrators in Illinois. You can break it down by school, position etc and determine for yourself how underpaid they are. http://illinois-teachers.findthebest.com/
Raccoons Gone Bad February 20, 2014 at 11:10 AM
What about all of the bloated support staff at these universities. How much does it cost to get a college degree these days? How much does a college grad make these days. Okay wow.
Enrique H. February 20, 2014 at 02:19 PM
Voice of Reason, I am very much aware of the salaries of these teachers as I used to work in the Illinois public school system in a nearby suburban area. It was nepotism at its best. It's a giant money-sink. Teachers making 6-figures that can barely teach freshmen (read: 14-year-old) material. Little-to-no-accountability. Favoritism. Personally knowing some local administrators, school deans, and counselors, I can easily say the scum rises to the top.
JanS February 21, 2014 at 02:21 AM
From $30K to $45K, that is a 50% increase. I think we should take a vote, ask the students if they think their instructors are worth a 50% increase in tuition.


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