Department Chair (College / University) Salary

The average salary for a Department Chair (College / University) is $79,218 per year. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Research Analysis, Budget Management, and Program Management.

$49,431 - $174,235
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$49K
$79K
$170K
MEDIAN: $79,218
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$49,431 - $174,235  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $40,406  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $19,500  
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$49,501 - $177,905  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 362
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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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Experience Affects Department Chair (College / University) Salaries


Experienced
up arrow 1%

National Average
$79,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 18%

Entry-Level
up arrow 22%

Skills That Affect Department Chair (College / University) Salaries

Research Analysis
up arrow 52%

Budget Management
up arrow 48%

Program Management
up arrow 16%

Teaching
up arrow 4%

Project Management
0%

National Average
$79,000

People Management
up arrow 3%

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 3%

Scheduling
up arrow 23%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
39%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 4%
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