Pitt faculty salaries see bump when adjusted for cost of living


When adjusted for cost of living, Pitt’s salaries for professors, associate professors and assistant professors rank in the middle of the pack or slightly higher when compared with the 35 other public American Association of Universities institutions, but lecturer and instructor salaries continue to be in the bottom third.

Amanda Brodish, director of Data Analytics & Pathways for Student Success in the provost’s office, presented the annual report on salaries at the December meeting of the Senate Budget Policies Committee.

The report used data from the American Association of University Professors 2019-2020 report on the economic status of the profession and the ACCRA Cost of Living Index to make the comparison for the Pittsburgh campus. The numbers are nine-month equivalent salaries.

Chart of Pittsburgh salaries

Pitt’s salaries all rose when adjusted for cost of living. Conversely, several of the schools in the University of California system led the unadjusted salaries list but fell below average when adjusted for cost of living.

Salaries at Pitt’s regional campuses showed a similar bump in rankings when cost of living is factored in. For the regional campuses, salary data came from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Human Resources Survey, 2018-19, and compared 101 Regional Campus Benchmark Group institutions. The cost-of-living index came from Sperling’s BestPlaces.

Chart of regional campus salaries

Susan Jones is editor of the University Times. Reach her at suejones@pitt.edu or 724-244-4042.


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