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ADEA Releases New Research on Faculty Salary and Compensation at U.S. Dental Schools

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ADEA has released new research findings on the 2018–19 guaranteed annual salary and total compensation of full- and part-time U.S. dental school faculty. Fifty-seven schools (86%) of the 66 accredited dental schools in the United States during the 2018-2019 academic year provided faculty compensation data for the 2018–19 ADEA Survey of Dental School Faculty, the source of this analysis. Overall, 63 schools (95%) participated in the underlying survey that collects other information besides faculty compensation data such as faculty vacancies.

The report presents information about guaranteed annual salary and total compensation categorized by administrative title, primary appointment, primary discipline and academic rank of faculty members. The categories are grouped and presented by school type: public or private and private state related. Salary and compensation information is also displayed by U.S. region. The underlying survey collected also demographic information on faculty at U.S. dental schools.

Guaranteed Annual Salary of Full-time Faculty at U.S. Dental Schools by Academic Rank and Gender, 2018-2019

Notes: The displayed average salary data reflect guaranteed annual salary of full-time faculty who are not primarily in administrative positions, and from whom their dental school provided their gender information and salary data in the 2018–19 ADEA Survey of Dental School Faculty. This graphic analysis excludes salary information for lecturers, teaching/research associates or assistants, and other academic ranks due to the small number of observations collected in the survey.

Source: ADEA analysis of Survey of Dental School Faculty, 2018–19 data

The full report can be purchased in ADEA bookstore. Information on faculty employment characteristics and demographics may be freely accessed here.

ADEA is assessing the collection of the faculty salary data moving forward. Over the next 12 months, a workgroup will be convened to examine the nature of this survey, to standardized employment categories, improve the data collection process, and expand accessibility to findings. The overall goal is to ensure the information from this survey is useful and beneficial to ADEA members.

For any questions/comments about this project, feel free to contact Emilia Istrate, Ph.D., ADEA Senior Vice President of Policy and Educational Research at istratee@adea.org.

Published on June 10, 2020

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