I tell ya, these guys are non-stop fun. In a post today complaining about the number of state employees making more than $100,000, which has risen 10 fold in the past decade (not adjusted for inflation, mind), they pointed out that universities weren’t included in the totals…

Just imagine if it included public universities.

Well, I dared to imagine. On the face of it, that struck me as incredibly silly. And guess what – it is. And if my browser hadn’t crashed, I would have a fully documented rebuttal to this poppycock (Did I just say another bad word?).

In short: Of Ohio’s 11 doctoral granting institutions, just 2 have average salaries for full professors north of $100k. One of those is CWRU (private), and the other is a national flagship university (OSU). 7 of the 11 have average salaries at or below $90k. Averaging all professors at OSU, the average salary drops to $86k. Why full professors at doctoral granting institutions? I wanted to stack the deck in RABid’s favor. If you include universities which only grant Bachelor’s degrees, average salaries for full professors plummet to the $60k-$70k range. Include associate professors and the like, and it drops further.

Of course, this doesn’t take into account the fact that highly paid professors at major research institutions like Ohio State don’t get the bulk of their salary from the state’s tax coffers – they get it from research grants. This is probably more true in Ohio than other states, given the fact that per-student state funding of higher education is frozen at roughly 1991 levels.

Are some professors making more than $100,000? Yes, of course. Most of them are not making nearly as much as RABid would have you believe.

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