Is there any research/study/survey/... that looked at the difference of professor salaries between different department in the United States?

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Here's one that's readily accessible, though the full data isn't public (but can be obtained). Here's another one in a much more concise format, though a bit older.

At least for public universities, it's not too hard to do such a survey since our salaries are public record. I haven't actually checked but I would imagine that the groups that have done these surveys keep them updated every so many years so you can use the ones I linked to to find more.

  • Note that sometimes the salaries you find online are not accurate. My university's salaries were once posted by a 3rd party site in a very misleading manner to make the salaries seem higher than they are.
    – Kimball
    Nov 26, 2016 at 16:14
  • I'm skeptical the data in the second link is not misleading. (Though +1--it's not your fault!) It tells you something, but the variance among schools for a fixed department is so large (e.g., compare research vs teaching, and public vs private) that this should be controlled for to get a better sense of things. E.g., the variance at my school among certain departments is much larger than what that aggregate data would indicate.
    – Kimball
    Nov 26, 2016 at 16:21

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