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Professors' Pay

This week, The Chronicle of Higher Education examines the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources' recently released salary survey data and finds that, on average and across disciplines, professors at public institutions saw no pay increases this year for the second on a row. Faculty at private institutions, however, "did slightly better, receiving an average raise of 2 percent, which kept their pay on pace with inflation," the Chronicle adds. According to the association's statistics for 2010-2011, engineering professors earn the second-highest salaries — $114,365 on average, beat out by law professors, whose 2010-2011 salaries average $134,162. In the biological and biomedical sciences, the association's data show that, on average, professors earn $92,505 per year; associate professors, $68,806; assistant professors, $58,709; new assistant professors, $57,272; and instructors, $45,049.