Oregon Professors Are Among Lowest Paid in U.S.

March 04, 2015 / Phil Lesch

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March 3rd, 2015

The average salary for tenured professors at Oregon’s colleges and universities is $30,000 less than their peers across the United States.

Many schools in Oregon are replacing tenured staff with part-time or associate professors, according to Jose Padin, sociology professor at Portland State University and President of the Oregon American Association of University Professors (AAUP). Padin said lack of full-time professors is damaging the quality of education. 

The average tenured professor in Oregon was paid $89,163 during the 2013-2014 school year, which is not only $30,000 below the national average, but $100,000 less than professor salaries at some of the nation’s highest paying universities.

Of the eleven universities in Oregon that reported their salaries in an AAUP survey, Willamette University paid the most for full professors, an average of $115,000 a year. In contrast, Columbia University and Stanford University pay full time professors approximately $215,000 annually. The national average salary for a full professor is $119,282.

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