Department Chair (College / University) Salary

The average salary for a Department Chair (College / University) is $79,403 per year. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Budget Management, Research Analysis, and Program Management.

$49,213 - $165,082
MEDIAN: $79,402

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$49,299 - $167,588  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 400
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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 Salaries

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National Average

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Skills That Affect Salaries

Budget Management
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Research Analysis
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Program Management
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Project Management

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People Management
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Job Satisfaction

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based on 57 votes.


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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 3%