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

The average salary for a Department Chair (College / University) is $78,140 per year. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Budget Management, Research Analysis, and Teaching.
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$45,786 - $157,076
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$45,716 - $156,771  
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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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Washington
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Los Angeles
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$78,000
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Experience Affects Department Chair (College / University) Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 3%
National Average
$78,000
Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Department Chair (College / University) Salaries

Budget Management
up arrow 69%
Research Analysis
up arrow 54%
Teaching
up arrow 18%
Project Management
up arrow 1%
National Average
$78,000
People Management
up arrow 4%
Job Satisfaction
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Gender
Female
49%
female alumni
 
Male
51%
male alumni
Years of Experience
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
38%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 4%
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