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Faculty Compensation 2011-2012

These examples compare University of Idaho faculty compensation with peer institution pay and benefits as part of overall compensation. More examples and details on methodology are also available below.

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  • Study Methodology for Calculating a Weighted Average
    In Academe, a weighted average salary has been calculated, combining all faculty ranks. This methodology creates two issues. First, the weighted average salary includes the rank of “Instructor”. This rank is not as well defined as the traditional ranks of Full Professor, Associate Professor and Assistant Professor, and, as a result, salaries for this rank can vary widely. In fact, many institutions do not report a salary average for this rank for that reason. In this study the weighted averages have been calculated without the rank of Instructor

    Second, the Academe methodology, while reasonable for comparisons of very large numbers of institutions, contains an implied and unrecognized assumption that the peer institutions had a similar number of faculty in each of the three ranks. Where this assumption is not true, the magnitude of the difference between the salaries at the University of Idaho and its peers would be incorrectly represented. For example, if 50% of the faculty at the University of Idaho were at the rank of full professor (and therefore at salaries higher than the salaries for associate or assistant professors) and the peers, as a group, had only 25% of their faculty at the rank of full professor, then a simple weighted average salary combining all ranks would inflate the University of Idaho salaries relative to the salaries of its peers.

    In this study, a weighted average salary is calculated for the peer institutions that is designed to eliminate any bias which may have resulted from a difference between the University of Idaho and its peers in the distribution of faculty across the three ranks.

    The process used here is one of constructing a weighted average salary that looks like the University of Idaho in the distribution of its faculty across the three ranks, but uses the peer’s average salary for each rank. The result is that the weighted average salary can now be compared to the (all ranks combined) average salary for the University of Idaho without a bias based on the distribution of faculty in each rank. In some literature this is referred to as a “constructed counterpart”.

    This same methodology is used in calculating a weighted peer average compensation value and in calculating a peer average benefit rate.

    Peer Group


    Our peer group was selected based on recommendations from NCHEMS and is the result of careful comparison of a large number of institutions across a fairly large number of institutional variables. This peer group consists of institutions that look like us in terms of role and mission, range of academic and non-academic programs, and, in many cases, are direct competitors of ours for faculty hires within the region and within disciplines.

  • Supporting Data

    AAUP Faculty Salary Comparison – 2011-12

    State Board of Education Peer Group
     
    School Full Professors Associate Professors Assistant Professors
    Clemson University $108,000 $79,000 $70,300
    Colorado State University $108,900 $79,800 $71,300
    Kansas State University $103,400 $73,300 $63,500
    Montana State University $84,900 $64,900 $59,500
    New Mexico State University                       $81,500 $67,400 $56,300
    North Dakota State University $100,100 $75,600 $68,000
    University of Arkansas $107,800 $75,700 $75,000
    University of Nebraska $114,800 $77,600 $71,600
    University of Wyoming $105,600 $75,700 $66,700
    Utah State University $93,500 $71,300 $62,500
    Washington State University $102,300 $74,100 $68,700
    Peer Weighted Average                   $103,580 $74,580 $67,000
    University of Idaho $90,300 $68,900 $60,100
    Weighted Average Salary Comparison      
    University of Idaho $74,750    
    State Board of Education Peers $83,850    
    University of Idaho Average Salary as a percentage of SBOE Peer Weighted Average Salary 89.1 percent  
    Washington State University Average $84,240    
    University of Idaho Average as a Percentage of Washington State University Average 88.7 percent    

    AAUP Faculty Compensation Comparison – 2011-12

    State Board of Education Peer Group

    School Full Professors Associate Professors Assistant Professors
    Clemson University $137,700 $102,900 $92,100
    Colorado State University $137,500 $100,800 $90,200
    Kansas State University $128,900 $91,700 $76,700
    Montana State University $105,800 $83,000 $76,900
    New Mexico State University $103,800 $84,500   $70,600
    North Dakota State University $127,600 $98,800 $87,400
    University of Arkansas $132,800 $95,600 $92,100
    University of Nebraska $144,900 $102,000 $94,600
    University of Wyoming $138,800 $102,700 $89,000
    Utah State University $126,000 $99,100 $88,100
    Washington State University $130,000 $96,800 $89,400
    Peer Weighted Average $131,470 $96,830 $86,450
    University of Idaho $117,800 $92,600 $82,300
    Weighted Average Salary Comparison
    University of Idaho $99,500
    State Board of Education Peers $107,500
    University of Idaho Average Salary as a percentage of SBOE Peer Weighted Average Salary 92.6 percent
    Washington State University Average $99,500
    University of Idaho Average as a Percentage of Washington State University Average 91.7 percent

    AAUP Faculty Salary Comparison – 2011-12

    State Board of Education Peer Group

    School Benefits as a Percentage of Faculty Salaries
    Clemson University 29.8 percent
    Colorado State University 26.4 percent
    Kansas State University 24.0 percent
    Montana State University 27.3 percent
    New Mexico State University 26.2 percent
    North Dakota State University 29.6 percent
    University of Arkansas 24.1 percent
    University of Nebraska 29.0 percent 
    University of Wyoming 33.6 percent
    Utah State University 38.6 percent 
    Washington State University 29.8 percent
    Peer Weighted Average 28.2 percent
    University of Idaho 33.1 percent
    Washington State University Benefit Rate Comparison
    Washington State University Average  29.8 percent
    University of Idaho 33.1 percent