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December 2015


Following are the results of the twenty-third annual BEA national salary survey conducted in Fall, 2015.  Respondents encompassed all types of institutions ranging from small, private, 4-year liberal arts colleges to major public universities offering the doctorate in the field.

Please note the following:

1. All salaries are base salaries — they do not reflect fringe benefits.
2. All have been adjusted to an academic year (9/10 mos.) basis.
3. Only faculty teaching electronic media courses are included.
4. The survey includes only full-time faculty — both temporary/fixed-term and tenure-track.


—————————————LOW          HIGH        MEDIAN    MEAN*           SCHOOLS———————————–


Instructor/Lecturer                    $30,144      $79,687      $53,067      $53,212                  20

Asst. Prof.                                      $45,411      $80,100      $63,379      $63,093                 21

Assoc. Prof.                                   $50,000     $112,355     $75,258      $75,500                 22

Full Prof.                                       $63,000     $204,779    $92,669      $97,657                 20

*Average of means compiled by each respondent for each rank

Salary most likely to be paid to an incoming INSTRUCTOR/LECTURER without prior full-time teaching experience (mean of those responding):

$47,134   (26 schools responding)

Most likely salary for an incoming ASSISTANT PROFESSOR who has just completed the terminal degree (mean of those responding):

$59,739 (28 schools responding)


Data compiled and reported by Peter B. Orlik, Central Michigan University, under authority of the Broadcast Education Association Board of Directors.