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Department Chair (College / University) Salary

The average salary for a Department Chair (College / University) is $78,218 per year. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Research Analysis, Budget Management, and Program Management.
$47,967 - $178,925
MEDIAN: $78,217

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$47,706 - $182,049  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 275
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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.


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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Experience Affects Department Chair (College / University) Salaries


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Skills That Affect Department Chair (College / University) Salaries

Research Analysis
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Budget Management
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Program Management
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Project Management
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People Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 56 votes.


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Years of Experience

1-4 years
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10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 4%