Following up on Saturday's post on the SALT (Society of American Law Teachers) Faculty Salary Survey, I want to talk a little more about differences between salaries at tiers of schools (as measured by U.S. News' law school rankings). You may recall that Saturday's post discussed the differences between the median salaries of tenured faculty at four tiers of law schools (1-49, 50-99, 101-145, and not ranked). It showed that there was a statistically significant difference between the median salary at tier 1 schools and the remaning schools. Let's turn to a similar analysis of the salary of assistant professors by tier. (Apparently a number of schools have no assistant professors (they start entry-level untenured faculty at the associate level -- or they haven't done entry-level hiring in some years).)
Salary of Assistant Professors by Tier
Tier N M SD
1 4 113,489 4,912
2 16 102,224 13,927
3 14 100,770 9,313
4 15 92,395 7,919
All 49 99,719 11,785 Median = 99,000
Salary differs by tier: F(3, 45) = 5.05, p < .004
According to the Tukey multiple comparison procedure, only Tier 1 and Tier 4 salaries differ significantly.
Salary of Pre-Tenure Associate Professors by Tier
Tier N M SD
1 7 126,203 4,820
2 15 111,264 15,655
3 17 109,112 9,914
4 15 107,838 13,013
All 54 111,571 13,265 Median = 111,081
Salary differs by tier: F(3, 50) - 4.02, p = .01
According to the Tukey multiple comparison procedure, Tier 1 salaries differ significantly from those in the other tiers, and salaries in the other tiers do not differ significantly.
These findings are in keeping with the findings for tenured faculty at each tier. Now this opens a question, what to make of this data? And are they what you'd expect? Starting with just a simple observation, it confirms one thing I'd expect -- that the top tier schools have more money than the other schools.