Read: Average Salaries of Art school professors


The Chronicle of Higher Education’s edition for faculty salaries came out.What is interesting is that most universities with strong research departments pay their professors more than just masters level institutions ( 90K vs 75K). I was checking, however, the average salaries of professors at some selected art schools,which I found very illuminating. I also did some research on the web for schools not mentioned by the Chronicle of Higher Education:
1.Carnegie Mellon $136,000 ( but would doubt that art professors are paid same as other professors)
2. RISD about $82,000
Rochester Institute of Technology $73,012
3. Calarts $63,400
4. Pratt Institute $62,900
5. Ringling $61,900
6.SCAD $61,055
7. Academy of Art University $57,581
8. Otis $56,741
9. Digital Media Arts college $56,000
10. Digipen Institute of Technology ~ $54,000
11. Laguna College of Art $54,276
12. School of Visual Arts: a horrible $47,800. In fact, most “for profit” schools pay their faculty much less than that of non-profits.
13.Ex’pression College For Digital Arts $33,777
14. Full Sail: $ A horrible $31,540

Also, these numbers should be factored in with cost of living. For example, Florida has no income tax, which makes Ringling’s salaries a lot better than it looks. Calarts is in an expensive area as is Academy of Art University, etc.

I have published this list because, in theory, the more well-known teachers will probably gravitate to the better paying institutions. I would think that if an institution pays well below the national average, a more intensive scrutiny should occur before enrolling there.


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