Information Item# 3 – Submitted By the Budget Advisory Committee (2014/2015- Dec)

 

UNF Faculty Salaries Comparisons 

 

Employing salary data for all in-unit faculty (including tenured, tenure-track, and non-tenure-track visiting faculty) for spring 2008 through spring 2014 we assessed the salaries of UNF faculty relative to the College and University Professions Association  (CUPA) salaries for 2012-13 (the latest available to us), employing the 2 digit codes closest to each UNF discipline, rank, and permanency status. In general, the analysis confirms that UNF faculty salaries are well below their national averages by discipline, rank, and years in rank.  


We chose to perform three primary comparisons:  between the spring 2014 UNF salaries and the 2012-13 CUPA salaries, between the spring 2014 UNF salaries and the 2013-2014 estimated, inflation-adjusted salaries from CUPA, and finally after adjusting for relative costs of living between Jacksonville and the nation as a whole.  We also investigated salary deficiencies by rank and across the colleges.  Ultimately, we chose not to compare 2012-13 UNF salaries to 2012-13 CUPA salaries because rank changes and position changes made the data acquisition difficult. 

 

Our findings are summarized below, first with pie charts, then text.

 

Faculty Salaries Comparison

 

  1. Four hundred and thirty-two of the 523 (82.6%) in-unit faculty as of spring 2014 had salaries below the CUPA averages for one year prior.  The group of 91 above their CUPA averages includes numerous former administrators who received out-of-unit raises to their base salaries during their time as administrators. Interestingly, the relatively higher paid faculty members also include many senior instructors and lecturers (no doubt because CUPA has no categories for senior instructors or lecturers, only instructors).  Additionally, many of the 91 are in fields like accounting, transportation and logistics (T&L), and engineering for which the CUPA fields do not align particularly well (e.g., general engineering for specific fields in that discipline and general business for accounting and T&L). If visitors are excluded, 369 of the 454 faculty (81.3%) are below their CUPA averages.  
      
  2. Following recommendations from Monster.com and Indeed.com suggesting 3% increases in wages for salaried workers in both 2013 and 2014, we also compared UNF in-unit salaries for spring 2014 to CUPA adjusted salaries to compare at the same moment in time.  Eighty-six point four percent of UNF in-unit faculty has salaries below CUPA for a direct comparison between spring 2014 in Jacksonville and the national CUPA averages for 2013-14 (85.7% without visitors).

  3. As we await our raises for 2014-15, it is uncertain what the average raise will be.  Therefore, we considered how the difference between 4% and 6.5% average raises (the latter number communicated to one of us by President Delaney) would affect the percentage of faculty who would exceed or be below the CUPA averages.  If the average raise is 4%, 85.5% of the faculty will be below the CUPA averages after their raises; but at 6.5% that number falls to 81.5% below the 2014-15 inflation-adjusted CUPA values.  Without visitors the corresponding numbers are 84.6% and 80.4%, respectively.

  4. The average UNF in-unit faculty member has an adjusted 2014-15 salary (employing the 6.5% raise criterion) that is $8,879 below the projected 2014-15 CUPA salaries for the same time period, with an average of $11,063 below just counting those who are below (omitting the approximately 18.6%  with salaries above these CUPA averages).  The corresponding salary deficiency numbers without visitors are $8,642 and $11,051 respectively with 19.5% above.

  5. Those searching for a silver lining may correctly argue that the cost of living in Jacksonville is lower than the national average. Data available from two cost of living calculators suggests that Jacksonville’s cost of living is about 7% below the national average. After adjustment for relative costs of living, 68.3% of the UNF faculty has salaries for 2014-15 below the projected CUPA averages.

  6. The reader may wonder if there is a predominance of low salaries by rank.  We made this comparison as well.  Employing the latter cost of living adjustment across the colleges, 72% of instructors/lecturers are below the CUPA averages for 2014-15, 57% of assistant professors, 68% of the associate professors, and 80% of professors.
     

  7. Are faculty members in some of the UNF colleges more underpaid than in other colleges?  The data suggest that 91.2% of the COAS faculty is below their 2014-15 CUPA averages with a 6.5% raise on average; while the corresponding values for the other colleges are 83.8% for the Brooks College of Health, 78.7% for COEHS, 61.5% for CCEC, and 45.8% for CCB.

 In summary, these data suggest that even with a 6.5% average raise for 2014-15 the in-unit faculty is a long way from receiving salaries that would put our compensation on par with national norms, even adjusted for cost of living.  A copy of the data spreadsheet can be acquired by emailing n00002980@unf.edu.