ERIC Number: ED336017
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-May
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Diagnosing and Dealing with Salary Compression. AIR 1991 Annual Forum Paper.
Snyder, Julie K.; And Others
This paper examines the phenomenon of salary compression (the demand by newly hired university faculty members for salaries that approach or exceed those of existing faculty at the same or higher ranks) and reports on a phone survey of 10 university provosts. It presents methods to determine if salary compression exists and its extent. Considered first are the justification of professional maturity as a measure of faculty capability and salary, market conditions, and the pervasiveness of salary compression over the past decade. A two-phase approach to diagnosing salary compression is recommended, including examining salary consistency with external labor markets and examining internal salary consistency. Comparison of salary compression at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with peer institutions is reported. The survey of provosts at 10 major research universities across the nation found salary compression most common in business, engineering, and the hard sciences. The most common solution reported was the allocation of more funds to correct resulting salary inequities. Includes 11 references. (DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: AIR Forum; Salary Compression; Virginia Polytechnic Inst and State Univ
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (31st, San Francisco, CA, May 26-29, 1991).