So you have a PH.D. in Economics and You Get Offered A Full-Time Non-Tenure-Track Teaching Position: What Can You Expect?
We examine AY2013 annual salaries, annual teaching assignments, and career publishing histories for more than 700 full-time lecturers and tenure-track faculty at 37 public Ph.D.-granting departments of economics. The roughly 15 percent of teaching faculty who were full-time lecturers were younger, more likely to be female and to teach at the program from which they received their Ph.D., and were assigned to teach both more courses and many more students. While lower than those for tenure-track faculty, the annual salaries paid to full-time lecturers (with a mean of $76,227) compare favorably to those of tenure-track economics faculty at Master’s- and Bachelor’s-granting institutions. Regression results suggest that full-time lecturer salaries are determined by teaching assignments rather than research productivity while tenure-track salaries are determined by research productivity rather than teaching assignments.
Keywords – Economics Labor Market; Full-time Lecturers; Academic Compensation