2016 ISU Professor/Administrator Pay Breakdown

Illinois State University - FIREI was doing a little research on teacher pay and came across the Illinois Board of Higher Education site, which lists the compensation of all professors and many administrators.  With is in hand, I through it into Tableau and profiled Illinois State University (ISU.)



ISU is top heavy.  It pays the administrators and unit directors more than other institutions.  They also tend to pay their professors and adjuncts less than most other institutions. 



ISU also uses many more atypical (likely adjunct) teachers.  There are almost twice as many part time instructors than other public universities.  This is likely because it is a teaching college as well as having a vocational/technical bent.  Bringing in people with real world experience can improve learning.  It is also why the pay for instructors/lecturers’ pay is low. 



Excluding the lower paid people, the mix is fairly typical with a few more associate professors on average.  With instructors removed, the median salary is $80,700 vs other universities $83,400. 



When looking at a Pareto chart of compensation, there is a budge of low paid instructors with compensation in the $10 to $30K range.  There is another bulge around $80 to 120K.

Overall, the administrators and high positioned people at ISU are well paid compared to other universities.  It also relies on part-time and adjuncts more than others.

Want to play with the data and compare it to other schools?  Go here: 2016 ISU Professor Pay Visualization.

Never Let the Consitution or Rational Thought Get in the Way of a Good Story


The House of Representatives wants to pass a “no budget, no pay” bill that encourages the Senate to pass a budget, something that it hasn’t done since the 2008 budget, less they forgo paychecks.  However, there is a slight Constitutional problem in that it likely violates the 27th amendment governing congressional pay.  I enjoy watching the hypocrisy.  Many of the same lawmakers are scare mongering that our 2nd amendment rights are about to be curtailed post Sandy Hook, but I digress.

This tiny issue aside, my interest is thinking about the behavioral motivation this will unleash.  Is the loss of some of a $174,000 yearly salary motivation enough for people with a average net worth of about 14 million

For those poorer congress people, the main incentive will be to pass something fast, not something good.  For instance, if Ford said to its workers, “no paycheck until you build 10,000 cars,” would you buy any of the resulting Pintos?  The would likely mean lots of pet projects inserted the final bill in a effort to bride enough lawmakers to vote yes.

If anyone did run short of money, there is always a trusted fallback, lobbyists.  These helpful people help write the laws anyway, I am sure many of them would pony up to pay for personal expenses, if the need should arrive.

The whole idea is good theater, but little substance since it fixes a non-existent issue.  Depending on your point of view, we spend too much or tax too little and a budget would fix this problem.