This question is related to this question Academic position salaries in the UK (and to some extent to this question too: Academic rank equivalence between the UK and the US systems), but my question is more specific. What salary bands in http://www.ucu.org.uk/index.cfm?articleid=2210, for example, corresponds to that for a lecturer, senior lecturer, reader and professor positions? In the salary scales in this website, the grading just runs from 1 to 51, but doesn't specify what positions they correspond to.

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How the titles map onto the grading is not fixed precisely - I've seen it vary by a couple of points across the country, but my institution has lecturer as 30-43, SL/Reader as 44-52 (yes, 52 - not covered by that UCU scale). Professors are not on that scale.

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    What is the fine grading between Senior Lecturer and Reader scales? According to an answer to this question: academia.stackexchange.com/questions/48977/…, these two positions are different in the UK. Or, is the grading for a Senior Lecturer somewhere inside 30-43?
    – John
    Jul 19, 2015 at 21:39
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    Again this is institution dependent, but at most places I know the only distinction is in role (Readers are more research focused), not in salary.
    – Ian
    Jul 20, 2015 at 6:30
  • But there should be salary difference between lecturer and senior lecturer? 30-43 seems a long range compared to 44-52.
    – John
    Jul 20, 2015 at 15:21
  • There's a split (often informal, again institution dependent) between "Lecturer A" and "Lecturer B", with the former covering 30-34 and the latter 35-43. A number of places only appoint at Lecturer B and above. There's a substantial salary difference between L and SL.
    – Ian
    Jul 20, 2015 at 20:17
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    Beginning L either point 30 (L "A") or point 35 (L "B"). Beginning SL point 44. At present there's a roughly 30% pay increase from point 35 to point 44.
    – Ian
    Jul 21, 2015 at 18:56

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