Top Earners at Private US Colleges and Universities

25 February 2009 at 7:48 am 3 comments

| Peter Klein |

Some interesting factoids in this Chronicle of Higher Ed. story on compensation at 600 private US colleges and universities (via Gary Peters):

  • Of the 88 employees earning more than $1 million in 2006-07, only 11 were chief executives. Most were coaches or medical school faculty.
  • Median salary for full professors with MDs in the clinical sciences: $238,000
  • Median salary for full professors in all other disciplines: $122,159
  • Highest-paid employee: USC football coach Pete Carroll ($4.4 million)
  • Second highest-paid employee: Columbia University dermatologist David Silvers ($4.3-million)
  • Highest-paid economist: Columbia’s Henry Levin ($302,053)
  • Highest-paid film-studies professor: Wesleyan’s Jeanine Basinger ($250,854)

No information given on marginal revenue products. I imagine Pete Carroll’s is at least $4.4 million. Don’t know about the rest.

See also the graphic below (click to enlarge):

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Rafe Champion  |  25 February 2009 at 12:33 pm

    “Second highest-paid employee: Columbia University dermatologist David Silvers ($4.3-million)”

    A cynical medical administrator said “Son, be a dermatologist, your patients never die and they never get better”.

  • 2. Todd Mumford  |  27 February 2009 at 12:15 am

    What is interesting to me is the rate of return on the sheer amount of work involved with achieving this high of a level in academics versus the amount of earnings the average online business owner can make in one year being a C+ student :(

  • […] 3. Over at Orgs and Markets,  two posts on university salaries. This one on public schools and this one on private schools. […]

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