Updated with Florida and Illinois salaries on 6/25/09
This may be controversial, but I'm going to take the plunge. As a unrepentant aggregator, I think that one goal of blogging is to bring together public information in a useful manner. In this case, that useful data is (are?) salaries. Several states make their state university faculty salaries public. That doesn't mean they're easy to find. At the University of Alabama, for example, you have to stroll to the main library and ask. In many cases, the faculty compensation data is available on the web - but only to those with search savvy and some doggedness. The links here are only the beginning of the search for those with serious interest.
Still, this might be useful stuff. Potential employers and employees can benefit from some transparency. Both entry level and lateral candidates may gain leverage with this information. (OK. So might the institutions themselves.) Of course, these numbers are far from definitive. The data is sometimes old, you never know if summer money (or even private foundation money) is included, and significant non-salary benefits (such as retirement contributions) may be entirely invisible.
What is the downside to this aggregation? Information that we treat as private is now more visible than it used to be. But these salaries were already public, and based on my own experience at Alabama, I assume that most public university faculty have already absorbed that fact.
So here goes...a list of links that can lead to faculty compensation information from sixteen different schools. (We already posted the law faculty salaries from the University of Virginia here.) This material has a way of disappearing from cyberspace - so while it's here today...there are no guarantees it won't be gone tomorrow.
University of Michigan salaries here.
University of Iowa salaries here.
Indiana University (both campuses) salaries here.
University of South Carolina salaries here.
University of California salaries here (Hastings, Davis, Berkeley, and UCLA, for now).
University of Tennessee salaries here.
University of Kansas salaries here.
University of Colorado salaries here.
University of Georgia and Georgia State salaries here.
Rutgers University salaries here.
University of North Carolina, NC State, and North Carolina Central salaries here.
University of Illinois, Northern Illinois University, and SIU salaries here.
University of Florida salaries here.
Update: For those interested in faculty salaries outside of law, many of these links will provide far more data. For example, the North Carolina site lists the salary of every faculty member at every campus of every NC state university.