How much should I get paid?

The thorny question of how much a university lecturer is worth…

Scholars’ remuneration packages fail to match pay in many other professions. Jack Grove reports

Academic salaries are no longer sufficient to attract the brightest and best into the sector, according to the co-author of a new global survey of higher education pay.

Philip Altbach, director of the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College, said that academic pay lagged behind that of many other professionals, with pay gaps most pronounced in senior posts.

His comments preface the publication next month of a report on academic pay in 28 countries, titledPaying the Professoriate, jointly authored by academics at Boston College and the Higher School of Economics in Russia.

The study considered average salaries for academics in full-time permanent posts at public universities worldwide, adjusted to reflect the cost of living in each country. It indicated whether an academic salary was enough to allow scholars to live a “middle-class” lifestyle.

Read full story, where we see that UK comes 7th in the list… but try being an hourly paid lecturer – get nowhere near (and no job stability). See also related editorial.