This survey was conducted to analyze the general job satisfaction and compensation trend and create a national benchmarking report for salary and other benefits that faculty members receive in the U.S. Some may say job satisfaction is an elusive, even mythical concept, and an abundance of research has been dedicated towards it. The current report mainly focused on job satisfaction amongst academic staff in the U.S. We were particularly interested in understanding both the general level of satisfaction and different factors that seemed to account for satisfaction and dissatisfaction. In addition, we were interested to see if there was any difference between male and female faculty members' salaries.
Interesting patterns emerged from the survey participants that are not only very interesting but also very instructive. Several researchers have found that job satisfaction is an important predictor of intention to leave. Other studies pointed out that salary or economic resources did not seem to impact the intention to stay or go. However, 'climate' or 'culture', or as we call it, the workplace atmosphere has a bigger impact on the feeling of satisfaction.
Cobanoglu, C., Shahtakhtinskaya, K., Nanu, L., Ali, F., Mistry, T., & Munkhtuya A. (2021). U.S. Faculty Salary and Satisfaction Report. University of South Florida M3 Center Publishing. https://www.doi.org/10.5038/M3-HTIR.004
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