Current Issue

July7, 2010

Vol. 110, No. 16

Pay for professors

In response to: In Brief

In reading the May 12 Notebook section, I was more than a little amazed by the sentence: “The average salary for full professors at Princeton increased just 0.4 percent this year (from $180,300 last year to $181,000), reflecting a trend of low salary increases for university faculty, according to the American Association of University Professors.”

What percentage of Americans were lucky enough to get any salary increases last year? I would contend that a much larger percentage got salary decreases instead or got laid off. With almost 10 percent unemployment nationwide, $181,000 per year is not too shabby by any measure. I think that one of the reasons why university professors are out of touch with the rest of the country is because, with their tenure and salaries, they are insulated from the version of life that ordinary Americans face.

Aaron Alter *77
Carlsbad, Calif.

Post Comments
Tell us what you think about
Pay for professors
Enter the word as it appears in the picture below
Send
By submitting a comment, you agree to PAW's comment posting policy.
CURRENT ISSUE: July7, 2010

Inbox Search:

Keyword:
Date:

to
* Online archives date back to Sept. 1995. The date filters only work for content posted after December 2007.

Browsing Letters 2009-2010

Inbox (Archives)

PAW welcomes letters on its contents and topics related to Princeton University. We may edit them for length, accuracy, clarity, and civility; brevity is encouraged. As a general guideline, letters should not exceed 275 words. Due to the volume of correspondence, we are unable to publish all letters received. Letters, articles, photos, and comments submitted to PAW may be published in print, electronic, or other forms. Write to PAW, 194 Nassau St., Suite 38, Princeton, NJ 08542; send email to paw@princeton.edu; or call 609-258-4885.