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


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 '16 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 '16 at 16:21

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