2009-10: Faculty Salaries in Graduate Departments of Psychology

Marlene Wicherski, Tanya Jacobsen, Victoria Pagano and Jessica Kohout
APA Center for Workforce Studies
March 2010
Report Text

Background

Surveys of faculty salaries in graduate departments of psychology have been conducted since the mid-1960s, first by the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology (COGDOP), and after 1978 by the American Psychological Association (APA) in conjunction with COGDOP. Subsequent years saw the survey broaden in scope to cover more diverse issues concerning graduate education, and in 1990 it was divided into two separate components, with the initial phase of the survey addressing faculty salaries and the second covering other topics. More recently that second portion was folded in with the ongoing Graduate Study in Psychology effort. This was accomplished by modifying the Graduate Study instrument.

Method

In early October, 2009, chairs of U.S. and Canadian graduate departments of psychology were contacted. Those with valid email addresses were sent instructions for completing the survey on a secure internet server. Hard-copy questionnaires were mailed to chairs whose email addresses were not known, and to chairs who requested hard copies or experienced technical difficulties with the online survey. Those who had not yet responded to the survey solicitation or completed all of the forms were sent a reminder email two weeks later; another follow-up was done two weeks after that, and a final reminder was sent after another two weeks. After the initial email invitations, hard copies were sent to all those who still had not responded by the end of January.

Eligible departments were drawn from the current edition of Graduate Study in Psychology (APA, 2009) and prior editions, and from the membership of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP). The questionnaire requested information on demographics, employment status, rank, years in rank, highest degree and year awarded, and salary for all faculty members.

Of the 665 departments and professional schools surveyed, 337 provided at least some usable information, for an overall response rate of 50.7%. Data presented in this report are based on 6,530 faculty who hold doctorates, who are employed full time, and for whom the relevant data were available. Included in this total are 5,251 faculty in 253 U.S. doctoral departments, 1,007 faculty in 75 U.S. master's departments, and 272 faculty in 9 Canadian departments. Twenty departments responded to other portions of the survey but did not provide information on the salaries of individual faculty.

Consistent with previous efforts, response rates varied considerably, depending on the geographic location of the institution, the highest degree offered by the department (doctoral or master's), whether the institution is public or private, and the department type. Substantially higher levels of response were obtained in the U.S. for doctoral departments (59%) than for master's departments (37%). Departments in the U.S. overall were far more likely to have completed the survey than Canadian departments (52% versus 29%). Psychology departments were more likely than other types of academic units (e.g., professional schools or educational psychology departments) to provide data. More information on specific response rates can be found in Appendix Table A (PDF, 14KB).

Structure of the Report

Results are presented separately for (1) U.S. doctoral departments; (2) U.S. master's departments; and (3) Canadian departments. For U.S. doctoral departments, salaries are broken out along the following dimensions: geographic region, public or private institution status, and type of department (e.g., psychology, professional school of psychology, or human development). Among master's departments, the majority of participants were psychology departments; thus, detailed analyses have been limited to this category. No master’s-level departments in Canada participated in the survey this year.

Most salaries are reported according to academic rank and years in rank, or by years since earning the doctorate. Additional tables report salaries paid to chairs, other administrative positions, and newly hired faculty, changes averaged over the past three years, a comparison of salaries paid to men and women of equivalent years in rank, and average amounts paid to adjunct or other part-time faculty who are compensated on a per-course basis. New tables added this year present data on faculty who departed their positions and procedures for filling these vacated faculty lines.

Caveats

Readers of this report should consider possible error introduced by nonresponse. Comparisons of respondents with nonrespondents indicated few marked differences in terms of the geographic distribution for U.S. doctoral departments overall and doctoral psychology departments, in particular. However, the response rate was lower for U.S. master's departments and for departments in Canada. Thus, in reading the results, it is important to consult Appendix A for the appropriate rate of response.

Several tables report percent changes in average salaries over the past two years. These percentages are discussed in both monetary terms (as measured in current dollars) and in real terms (those that have been adjusted for inflation rates reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the national statistical agency of Canada, Statistics Canada). It is important to note that these percentage changes are based on salary data reported by departments that responded to the survey for the respective years; they are not based on changes in faculty salaries computed on an individual basis. Thus, they are subject to the error that may be introduced by a slightly different set of departments responding to each survey.

Readers should also note that the term "Graduate Departments of Psychology" is meant broadly to encompass departments, schools, interdisciplinary programs, or other academic units listed in recent editions of Graduate Study in Psychology as offering a graduate degree in one or more areas of psychology. Departments may be called any of the following: (a) psychology; (b) educational psychology; (c) counseling psychology; (d) human development; (e) professional school; (f) counseling, guidance and counselor education; (g) school psychology; (h) education; or (I) other, but these department names are not synonymous with program areas. For example, a program in counseling or school psychology may be found in any of several categories. Almost two thirds of the departments award degrees in multiple areas of psychology. The remaining third tend to be departments that are specialized, offering degrees in a few closely related subfields. Thus, "graduate departments of psychology" refers to any academic unit that offers one or more graduate degrees in psychology.

References

American Psychological Association (2009). Graduate Study in Psychology, 2010. Washington, DC: Author.

Appendices
Tables

Faculty Salaries in U.S. Doctoral Departments of Psychology

Table 1 Changes in Average Salaries of Full-time Faculty in U.S. Doctoral Departments of Psychology by Rank: 2007-2008 to 2009-2010 (PDF, 10KB)
Table 2 Changes in Average Salaries of Full-time Faculty in U.S. Doctoral Departments of Psychology by Rank and Years in Rank: 2007-2008 to 2009-2010 (PDF, 11KB)
Table 3 Distribution of 2009-2010 Salaries for Full-time Faculty in U.S. Doctoral Departments of Psychology by Rank and Years in Rank (PDF, 77KB)
Table 4 2009-2010 Salaries for Full-time Faculty in U.S. Doctoral Departments of Psychology by Rank and Years in Rank (PDF, 15KB)
Table 5 2009-2010 Salaries for Full-time Faculty in U.S. Doctoral Departments by Region, Rank, and Years in Rank (PDF, 33KB)
Table 6 2009-2010 Salaries for Full-time Faculty in U.S. Doctoral Departments in Public Institutions by Region, Rank, and Years in Rank (PDF, 32KB)
Table 7 2009-2010 Salaries for Full-time Faculty in U.S. Doctoral Departments in Private Institutions by Region, Rank, and Years in Rank (PDF, 27KB)
Table 8 2009-2010 Salaries for Full-time Faculty in U.S. Doctoral Departments by Type of Department, Rank, and Years in Rank (PDF, 21KB)
Table 9 2009-2010 Salaries for Full time Faculty in U.S. Doctoral Departments by Type of Department and Years Since Doctorate (PDF, 14KB)
Table 10 2009-2010 Salaries for Full time Faculty in U.S. Doctoral Psychology Departments by Region, Rank, and Years in Rank (PDF, 24KB)
Table 11 2009-2010 Salaries for Full time Faculty in U.S. Doctoral Psychology Departments in Public Institutions by Region, Rank, and Years in Rank (PDF, 25KB)
Table 12 2009-2010 Salaries for Full time Faculty in U.S. Doctoral Psychology Departments in Private Institutions by Region, Rank, and Years in Rank (PDF, 19KB)

Faculty Salaries in U.S. Master's Departments of Psychology

Table 13 Changes in Average Salaries of Full-time Faculty in U.S. Master's Departments of Psychology by Rank: 2007-2008 to 2009-2010 (PDF, 11KB)
Table 14

Changes in Average Salaries of Full-time Faculty in U.S. Master's Departments of Psychology by Rank and Years in Rank: 2007-2008 to 2009-2010 (PDF, 11KB)

Table 15 Distribution of 2009-2010 Salaries for Full time Faculty in U.S. Master's Departments of Psychology by Rank and Years in Rank (PDF, 20KB)
Table 16 2009-2010 Salaries for Full time Faculty in U.S. Master's Departments of Psychology by Rank and Years in Rank (PDF, 11KB)
Table 17 2009-2010 Salaries for Full time Faculty in U.S. Master's Departments of Psychology by Type of Department, Rank, and Years in Rank (PDF, 11KB)
Table 18 2009-2010 Salaries for Full time Faculty in U.S. Master's Psychology Departments by Region, Rank, and Years in Rank (PDF, 19KB)
Table 19 2009-2010 Salaries for Full time Faculty in U.S. Master's Psychology Departments by Type of Institution, Rank, and Years in Rank (PDF, 13KB)
Table 20 2009-2010 Salaries for Full time Faculty in U.S. Master's Psychology Departments by Years Since Doctorate (PDF, 10KB)

Faculty Salaries in Canadian Graduate Departments of Psychology

Table 21 Changes in Average Salaries of Full-time Faculty in Canadian Departments of Psychology by Rank: 2007-2008 to 2009-2010 (PDF, 9KB)
Table 22 Changes in Average Salaries of Full-time Faculty in Canadian Departments of Psychology by Rank and Years in Rank: 2007-2008 to 2009-2010 (PDF, 11KB)
Table 23 Distribution of 2009-2010 Salaries for Full‑time Faculty in Canadian Doctoral Departments of Psychology by Rank and Years in Rank (PDF, 16KB)
Table 24 2008-2009 Salaries for Full time Faculty in Canadian Doctoral Departments of Psychology by Rank and Years in Rank (PDF, 11KB)
Table 25 2009-2010 Salaries for Full time Faculty in Canadian Doctoral Departments by Years Since Doctorate (PDF, 9KB)

Other Salaries and Benefits for Specific Faculty Positions in U.S. and Canadian Graduate Departments of Psychology

Table 26 2009-2010 Starting Salaries and Expected 2010-2011 Starting Salaries for Faculty in U.S. and Canadian Graduate Departments of Psychology (PDF, 12KB)
Table 27 2009-2010 Salaries and Benefits for Department Chairs in U.S. and Canadian Graduate Departments of Psychology (PDF, 12KB)
Table 28 Salary Raises and Decreases for Faculty in U.S. Graduate Departments of Psychology, by Geographic Region (PDF, 30KB)
Table 29 Determinants of Salary Raises for Faculty in U.S. Graduate Departments of Psychology, by Geographic Region (PDF, 30KB)
Table 30 2009-2010 Salaries for Full time Faculty in U.S. Doctoral and Master's Departments of Psychology by Gender, Rank, and Years in Rank (PDF, 11KB)
Table 31a 9-10-Month Salaries and Benefits for Selected Administrative Positions in U.S. (PDF, 32KB)
Table 31b Benefits for Selected Administrative Positions in U.S. Doctoral Departments of Psychology: 2009-2010 (PDF, 26KB)
Table 32 Average Fees Paid Adjunct Faculty Per Course Taught in U.S. Graduate Departments of Psychology: 2009-2010 (PDF, 9KB)
Table 33 Reasons Faculty Left U.S. and Canadian Graduate Departments of Psychology, 2009-2010 (PDF, 17KB)
Table 34 Procedure When Faculty Lines Are Vacated, in U.S. and Canadian Graduate Departments of Psychology by Degree Level and Institutional Control: 2009-2010 (PDF, 17KB)

Notes to Tables

  1. Medians, quartiles, means, and standard deviations are reported for the majority of analyses.  The median may be the most useful measure of central tendency since it is less influenced by extreme values than the arithmetic mean.  In most of the tables, both median and mean salaries are presented; observed differences reflect the skewness in the distributions. 

  2. No statistics are provided where the N is less than 10 or where the standard deviation is 0.  In these instances, only the N is provided. 

  3. Statistics also were not provided when the number of responding departments was 1 or when the Ns for subgroups based on rank and years in rank were so small that aggregate statistics would not be meaningful. 

  4. The majority of tables report salaries for faculty in U.S. graduate departments of psychology on a 9–10–month basis.  Some departments (e.g., professional schools of psychology and departments of psychology in medical schools), however, typically operate on an 11–12–month academic calendar.  In these cases, the 9–10–month salaries can be converted to their 11–12–month equivalents by multiplying by 11/9.