How does collective bargaining affect faculty salaries?
1 College and University Professional Association for Human Resources [CUPA-HR], (2015). Faculty in Higher Education Salary Survey for the 2014-15
Academic Year: By Discipline, Rank and Tenure Status in Four-Year Colleges and Universities. Knoxville, TN: Author.
2 Collapsed across all academic ranks, such as professor, associate professor, assistant professor and new assistant professor.
3 CUPA-HR defines a new assistant professor as a new hire for the academic year being surveyed.
News from APA’s Center for Workforce Studies
Psychology professors at public institutions that
have collective bargaining units earned more
than those at nonunionized institutions, according
to the results of a survey by the College and
University Professional Association for Human
The mean salary for psychology faculty at public
institutions with collective bargaining units was
$80,653 — nearly 12 percent higher than the mean
salary psychology faculty earn at public institutions
without collective bargaining units ($72,044).
In addition, the mean salary for psychology
faculty2 at private institutions — which do not
generally allow for collective bargaining — was
$73,711, or 2. 3 percent greater than psychology
faculty at public institutions without collective
bargaining units, but 8. 6 percent less than
faculty at public universities with collective
— Peggy Christidis, PhD, Karen Stamm, PhD, and Luona Lin, MPP
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Percent differences in mean salaries between tenured/tenure-track psychology faculty employed
at public institutions with and without collective bargaining units, 2014–15
No collective bargaining Collective bargaining
Professor Associate professor Assistant professor New assistant professor3 All ranks combined