Results of first survey of hourly workers on US campuses released

April 22, 2014

A first-of-its-kind survey by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) has gathered information on the non-exempt staff members in higher education—workers who are paid an hourly rate and are eligible for overtime pay. According to the survey, hourly positions that require some training beyond high school are paid the best, including firefighters, police officers, paralegals, and electrician supervisors, with electrician supervisors topping the list with a median base salary of $54,828. Custodian/housekeeper and food server are the 2 lowest paid positions at $24,760 and $24,213, respectively. The new survey is also the first to produce reliable data on the incomes of research and lab assistants, positions that only exist on college and university campuses; the survey showed that assistants typically earned $35,000 to $40,000 in 2013–14. The results of the survey reflect the salaries of 177,165 non-exempt staff in 118 positions at 807 public and private colleges and universities across the US. The Chronicle of Higher Education | CUPA-HR Press Release