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Administrative Salaries Bump Up

University Business, Apr 2006

Following a pattern that has continued for several years, median senior-level administrative salaries outpaced inflation in the last year, growing by 3.5 percent from the 2004 to 2005 school years, according to a new survey from the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR).

CEOs at private universities did particularly well, seeing a median increase of 4.3 percent compared to 3.9 percent for CEOs at public IHEs. "If universities do not find ways to at least match the rate of inflation, they lose valuable employees to other types of employers," says Andy Brantley, CEO of CUPA-HR.

The association's survey questioned nearly 68,000 administrators at 1,345 institutions and drew out salary differences among doctoral, master's, bachelor's, and two-year institutions. It also, for the first time, explored salaries for department-specific assistant and associate dean positions. The results? Schools of medicine and dentistry are the places to be.

The highest-paid administrators work at schools of medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, agriculture, and public health. Those at the low end of the scale include assistant/associate deans of special programs, undergraduate programs, instruction, and occupational studies/vocational education/technology and continuing education. For more on the survey results, visit -C.M.F.

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