Administrators in Higher Education Salary Survey

The Administrators in Higher Education Salary Report contains detailed aggregate salary information from 1,125 institutions for 191 executive and senior-level administrative positions. The overall median base salary increase for higher ed administrators increased by 2.2% in 2016-17.

Overview of Report Content

(highlights, list of data tables, and participating institutions)

Survey Participation Integrated Template

(position descriptions, upload directions, and survey instructions)

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