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Market Inequities in Faculty Salaries at FSU

The UFF believes market inequity is a very serious problem at FSU. 75% of the 2004-2005 FSU faculty salaries reported to the Oklahoma State University (OSU) salary survey are below the 2003-2004 average reported by OSU for the same rank and discipline. The chart below shows the gaps (positive or negative) between each individual FSU faculty member's salary and the average salary reported by OSU for the corresponding rank and discipline. In this and the other charts below, each data point (vertical bar) corresponds to one faculty member. If the value is above zero, it is the amount by which that individual's salary exceeds the OSU average for the corresponding rank and discipline. If the value is below zero, it is the amount by which that individual's salary falls below the OSU average for the corresponding rank and discipline.

Note that the OSU averages are based on the data FSU and other schools turned in the previous year. Therefore, this data makes FSU salaries look closer to those at other OSU survey schools than they actually are.

In case anyone thinks market inequity is only a problem for "unproductive" or "weak" members of the faculty, the two charts below show the same data as above, but restricted to just the recipients of the President and Provost's Named Professorships (72% below market), and the recipients of University Teaching Awards (81% below market), respectively.

The data seem to bear out the hypothesis that "no good deed goes unpunished" when it comes to excellence in teaching. That is, the market gap for teaching award recipients seems to be greater than for the faculty as a whole.

The data seem to bear out the hypothesis that the longer a person works for FSU the farther the person's salary falls below the marketplace. While FSU generally pays competitive salaries to new hires, and has given excellent raises to a few favored stars and individuals who threatened to leave for another university, faculty members who work faithfully many years for FSU are repaid by negative salary discrimination. The following chart shows all the same data as in the first char, this time sorted into cohorts by the number of years of service at FSU. Though there is a wide degree of variation above and below the market place within each annual cohort, the downward trend is clear.

An extreme manifestation of market inequity is salary inversion (where a person at higher rank receives a lower salary than another person with lower rank in the same discipline). At FSU, 36% of associate and full professors suffer salary inversion. The average amount of the inversion is $9,800 and the maximum amount is $50,500. The chart below shows the amount of salary inversion for each of the associate and full professors at FSU.