Is there a website where I can see the standard salaries for recently hired tenure track Assistant Professors in California State University system? I am on the job market and almost in the process of getting an offer. I wanted to get an idea of what to expect and negotiate.

EDIT: it is California State University system.

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    What's CSU? California State? Colorado State? Cleveland State? – user71659 Jan 2 '19 at 21:30
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    @SolarMike: Does that mean if I develop a huge ego I get a pay raise? – einpoklum Jan 2 '19 at 22:17
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    @SolarMike Not only are public schools in the US required to publish a pay scale, they usually a required to publish individual salaries. This is a result of being a government institution funded by tax dollars. – user71659 Jan 2 '19 at 22:25
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    @SolarMike It's a matter of state law and how the institution is set up with regards to being a government organization. There is also an interaction with student privacy rights. See the answers for a link to California's disclosure. – user71659 Jan 2 '19 at 22:31
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    @SolarMike Nope, nearly all non-student salaries are published. Go see the link. I stand by what I say, "many places won’t always publish that information" is simply incorrect for public US schools due to government disclosure requirements in this country. – user71659 Jan 2 '19 at 22:37

I'm just assuming you mean California State University since it's the largest system among the states starting with "C", which can be found here:


You can search individuals by name. If the university or university system is public, then the information for faculty/staff salaries is usually posted on some government or independent auditing site.

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  • 1. You cannot find standard salaries there, only individual salaries. 2. They don't sort academic faculty by rank or status. 3. For 2017, you see a scale of figures from 0 to 274,088 USD / annum - as the base pay. What does this tell you? Not much... -1 on this answer. – einpoklum Jan 2 '19 at 22:09
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    OP can look at the desired department's faculty directory, look for tenure-track assistant professors, and search them up on the database. There are large discrepancies in Assistant Prof positions among departments (e.g., English vs. Business), so standard salaries won't tell you much either and may even result in OP under or overestimating their projected salary. – ssjjaca Jan 2 '19 at 22:30
  • Absolutely agree with @ssjjaca . Should base this on professors that are "like them", hired in the same departments or similar, etc. A "standard" won't tell them important information. – Fomite Jan 2 '19 at 23:56
  • @ssjjaca What do they mean by "other pay"? Any idea? – math Jan 3 '19 at 16:03
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    @math Summer pay. You only get 9 regular paychecks for an academic year appointment. Grant support or summer teaching optionally covers the rest. For medical faculty, it includes the money they receive from patients for performing procedures. It may also include certain pay increments/bonuses for administrative duties. – user71659 Jan 3 '19 at 17:01

TL;DR It's between $4,923 and $10,924 USD / month

I'm also assuming you mean the California State University system.

Well, CSU have a Salary Schedule database, which you can search. The appropriate search term seems to be FACULTY. This gets you a whole number of records, with different qualifications for programs, disciplines etc. But the basis-of-the-basis is:

Class Range   Effective Date  Class Title                             Min Salary  Max Salary  CBID    Status
2360  3       2018-10-31      INSTRUCTIONAL FACULTY - ACADEMIC YEAR   $4,923.00   $10,924.00  R03 Active

and if you click through the position code, as @user71659 suggests, you get to this page. It tells you this position is that of an Assistant Professor for the Academic Year. It also has the pay scale.

Note that even then the database shows a salary range, i.e. a minimum and maximum salary. I have no idea what determines where in the range you end up. Perhaps it's managerial flexibility in hiring? Who knows.

You can also contact their (general) HR department and verify, or be more specific (department, program etc.): Their phone is (562) 951-4411 and there's also a web contact form.

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  • Normal professors are "INSTRUCTIONAL FACULTY - ACADEMIC YEAR", you can see how they map to assistant/associate/full via the Abbreviated Class Title. Like most positions, note that you only get paid 9 months of the year. – user71659 Jan 2 '19 at 22:30
  • @user71659: 1. What is the "abbreviated class title?" 2. There are multiple qualifications for programs, disciplines etc. so it's difficult (for me) to tell that there's an obvious default OP is interested in. – einpoklum Jan 2 '19 at 22:33
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    The question is missing information (even what "C" means), but this is the "normal" professorship. Click through on a class and you see "abbreviated class title" in the upper right, i.e. 2360 range 4 is "ASSOC PROF AY" [Academic Year] – user71659 Jan 2 '19 at 22:38
  • @user71659: Right you are. – einpoklum Jan 2 '19 at 23:06
  • @einpoklum This range from $4,923 to $10,924, seems very wide. What determines where one stands in this range? – math Jan 3 '19 at 16:06

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