Sonoma State University Faculty are among the Lowest Paid in the State University System

Sonoma State University Faculty are among the Lowest Paid in the State University System

The National Education Association Faculty Pay Salary Survey for 2008-09 shows that SSU Tenure/Track Faculty are still at the bottom of the salary table among
their peers within the California State University system. Full Professors rank next to last, above only Humboldt State. Associate Professors rank next to last above only Stanislaus State. Assistant Professors rank in the bottom third, and all Tenure/Track positions pay below the system-wide average, despite SSU’s higher than average cost of living and student fees that rank near the top in the CSU system.

The average SSU full professor makes $3400 less per year than the average full professor in the entire CSU system. SSU Associate Professors average $6,600 less per year than counterparts on other CSU campuses.

Source: NEA Higher Education Advocate, Faculty Pay 2008-09. Spring 2010.

7 Responses for “Sonoma State University Faculty are among the Lowest Paid in the State University System”

  1. The SSU 2009-10 Expenditure Plan lists Ruben Arminana’s salary at $291,179.

  2. Noel Byrne says:

    I believe that the SSU 2009-10 Expenditure Plan does not include in its listing of Ruben Arminana’s salary the sum of $60,000/annually that he receives as a “housing allowance”, nor the $12,000 annual “car allowance”. With these, the total is in excess of $360,000.

    Otherwise put, a large number of SSU faculty receive an annual salary that is significantly less than the total sums granted to President Arminana only for his housing and car allowances.

  3. Dan Karner says:

    Dear Peter and Noel,

    Several things to note about statistics:
    1) When comparing SSU’s salaries to the other CSU campuses’, you should not include the SSU entry in the CSU average. This is because including the same data on both sides of the equation introduces a bias that minimizes the difference. So, when you want to find out how low SSU’s salaries are versus other campuses’, you need to calculate the other campuses’ average excluding the SSU information. Hence, the average for the CSU for Associate Professors is $76.9 thousand, not $76.6 thousand. The change is small, but important.

    2) The averages reported above do not take into account the number of faculty members at each campus. This is a bigger concern than is point 1) above. SSU is one of the smallest faculty in the CSU. When you look at this table, which is ordered in descending full professor salary, note that the smallest campuses all almost all at the bottom. This means that the average for this column, when number of faculty are taken into consideration, would be higher than you calculate. Once adjusted, this would also increase the difference in salary between the SSU faculty and the others in the CSU.
    3) There appears to be one or two typos in the assistant professor column (Los Angeles and possibly Fresno). These should be double-checked to make sure that the averages you report are including all the data entries.

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