Department Chair (College / University) Salary (United States)

The average salary for a Department Chair (College / University) is $77,594 per year. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Budget Management, Research Analysis, and Teaching.
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$46,484 - $158,927
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$46,511 - $158,599  
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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
  • Lead curriculum revision and updating processes, including reviewing syllabi and textbooks.
  • Coordinate flow of information across departments and deans.
  • Interview and lead hiring process for faculty, including checking eligibility.
  • Teach courses, advise students, and work with new hires.

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Pay Difference By Location

Washington
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Chicago
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Seattle
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Los Angeles
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National Average
$77,000
Tampa
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Experience Affects Department Chair (College / University) Salaries

Experienced
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National Average
$77,000
Entry-Level
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Mid-Career
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Skills That Affect Department Chair (College / University) Salaries

Budget Management
up arrow 70%
Research Analysis
up arrow 55%
Teaching
up arrow 19%
Project Management
up arrow 2%
National Average
$77,000
People Management
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
49%
female alumni
 
Male
51%
male alumni

Years of Experience

1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 95% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 4%
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