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IU faculty salary analysis finds Kelley School of Business on top



IU spends millions each year paying the faculty who teach and research across its Bloomington campus. Salary data for all these faculty members is available online, so reporters from the Indiana Daily Student analyzed this data to better understand how IU divvies up its money. 

To perform this analysis, reporters downloaded the salary data for 2018-19 from IU’s website, codified it into a spreadsheet and used Microsoft Excel and online data tool Flourish to break it down.

Eight major academic bodies on IU’s campus were included in the analysis: The College of Arts and Sciences, the Jacobs School of Music, the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, the School of Public Health, the School of Nursing, the Kelley School of Business, the School of Education and the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering. 

Any faculty member in those bodies listed as a lecturer, senior lecturer, associate professor, assistant professor or professor on the Bloomington campus were included in the analysis. Individuals listed as professors who are also deans or have other positions were included.

The School of Social Work was excluded because none of its faculty are listed as employees of the Bloomington campus. Additional programs, including graduate schools such as the Maurer School of Law and School of Optometry, were excluded. Individuals who are strictly staff, librarians, scientists, scholars or administrators were excluded as well.

Below are interactive graphics and key findings from the IDS analysis. Most graphics show more information when a cursor hovers over or clicks on different features.

Students with an IU CAS login can download the full spreadsheet of faculty salaries here.

Faculty in the Kelley School of Business have the overall highest median salary at $155,350.

The lowest salary median overall is in the School of Nursing at $66,000. However, for each individual category of faculty — lecturer, senior lecturer, associate professor, assistant professor and professor — the median is lowest in the Jacobs School of Music.

The School of Nursing employs no professors or senior lecturers on the Bloomington campus, just assistant professors, associate professors and lecturers. The School of Education employs no senior lecturers. 

The highest paid faculty member among all eight bodies is the dean of the School of Public Health, David Allison. He is also considered a professor and has a salary of $434,000 for 2018-19.

The biggest difference in median salaries across schools is among assistant professors. The median for the Kelley School of Business is much higher at $171,670. The next highest median for this position is for SPEA at $110,001. The lowest is for the Jacobs School of Music at $60,750.


Median pay is most comparable across schools for lecturers. Median salary for each of the eight schools is between $51,000 and $66,000.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the College of Arts and Sciences dominates in the number of faculty employed. It employs more than the other seven schools combined.

Within the college, the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies has the most faculty. The Media School, the School of Art, Architecture + Design and the departments of biology, English and mathematics also have some of the highest number of faculty.

Laurel Demkovich, Christine Fernando, Luna Sun and Peter Talbot contributed to data analysis. Nyssa Kruse and Vivek Rao made this story's graphics and text.

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