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How much are professors paid?

16 Jun 2019, 23:39 UTC
How much are professors paid?
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The Washington State employee salary archive that I featured in my last post is a fascinating dataset to explore... including 432k entries for more than 244k people (actually unique names, so likely many more!). There is much you could do with this data, e.g. exploring gender distributions, infer the age distribution by matching the names to the US "Baby Names" data, comparing salaries for similar jobs around the state...Last time we were looking at salaries for people with the job I have, and comparing them to expectations one might reasonably infer from reading the University's HR website.Today I'm going to look at the job (notionally) I want: University Professor.There are 5 publicly funded universities in Washington State. Here is how the 2017 salaries for people whose job contains the word "Professor" compare:There's a lot to unpack in this graph, even with just 5 curves...UW is the clear "winner", with a median salary (vertical bar) far above any of its "peers"UW has a TON of faculty (and/or their faculty have more line-items in the budget - i.e. a single Prof having multiple entries)The 4 other schools are quite closely clustered around $80k-ishThe 3 schools located east of the Cascade mountains (i.e ...

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