Apr 6, 2018 at 12:00am ET By Alyssa Walker

Some heartening news for college and university professors: your pay is up. Before you get too excited though, it's only up slightly.

The College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPAHR) recently released a press release detailing the success.

They report that faculty salaries increased b 1.7 percent over the past year. Non-tenure research faculty saw the highest increases, and tenure-track saw the lowest. 

Tenure-track faculty have seen the sharpest decline in salary increases over the past three years, while yearly salary increases for non-tenure track research faculty have seen steadier increases--around 2 percent--over the same amount of time.

CUPAHR also reports that adjuncts earn the least at two-year institutions, but they comprise nearly two-thirds of the faculty. At doctoral institutions, they comprise about one-third.

Faculty who serve as department heads at public or doctoral institutions are also more likely to receive increases in pay in the forms of salary supplements and summer salaries. Not so for faculty at master's and bachelor's institutions.

Despite the work towards leveling the gender pay gap, female faculty continue to earn less than men.  In disciplines with strong female representations, the gender pay gap is the highest.

The biggest new faculty hires in 2017-2018? Nursing and other health professions.

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Alyssa Walker is a freelance writer, educator, and nonprofit consultant. She lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her family.

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