Department Chair (College / University) Salary

The average salary for a Department Chair (College / University) is $84,207 per year. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Leadership and Research Analysis.

$51,606 - $153,907
$52K
$84K
$150K
MEDIAN: $84,207
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$51,606 - $153,907  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,760  
Profit Sharing
$600  
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$51,519 - $157,500  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 309
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Job Description for Department Chair (College / University)

Colleges and universities comprise many departments, each with its own area of focus. Department chairs hold a leadership role over their department, working to implement the university's vision by shaping the department's curriculum and goals. They supervise professors, instructors, and assistants, as well as communicate and collaborate with university administration to promote the university's goals and maximize their department's work. The department chair also manages the department's finances, working with instructors to acquire necessarily materials within a reasonable budget. They also play a role in hiring for their department, as well as serve on university committees as needed.

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Department Chair (College / University) Tasks

  • Interview and lead hiring process for faculty, including checking eligibility.
  • Teach courses, advise students, and work with new hires.
  • Lead curriculum revision and updating processes, including reviewing syllabi and textbooks.
  • Coordinate flow of information across departments and deans.

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Pay by Experience Level for Department Chair (College / University)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $84,339

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Key Stats for Department Chair (College / University)

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 36 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
41%
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Experience Affects Department Chair (College / University) Salaries

▲16%

▲7%

National Average
$84,000

▼16%

▼23%

Skills That Affect Department Chair (College / University) Salaries

Leadership
▲14%

Research Analysis
▲11%

Budget Management
▲10%

National Average
$84,000



Project Management
▼6%

Teaching
▼13%

Scheduling
▼15%

Program Management
▼23%

Program Development
▼29%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 36 votes.

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
41%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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