Full-time instructors in Wisconsin technical colleges took home an average of $90,000 last year in base pay and overages, slightly more than the $86,000 in compensation for professors at the 13 University of Wisconsin universities, according to a published report.
Overages, which refer to additional teaching assignments, averaged about $12,000 for technical-college professors but only $1,400 per UW professor, according to a Gannett Wisconsin Media report.
Terry Fleischman, an instructor at Fox Valley Technical College, nearly doubled his $88,000 salary through overages. And Deb Seline, who teaches at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay, supplemented her $85,000 base salary with nearly $121,000 in overage pay, according to the report.
Some argue that allowing professors to accumulate overages saves money by avoiding the need to hire additional workers. Others say the system limits staff diversity and allows for out-of-line compensation packages.