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Which law schools pay tenured profs the most and least? Survey has 68 median salaries

Posted May 9, 2013 5:39 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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If you are a tenured law professor, the University of California at Hastings may be a good place to teach.

UC Hastings paid its tenured law profs the highest reported median salary among 68 schools responding to a survey by the Society of American Law Teachers. UC Hastings paid a median base salary of $187,221 to its tenured profs. TaxProf Blog charted the results for responding schools in the top 102 of U.S. News rankings.

Among the schools that did not respond to the SALT survey (PDF) are those that hold the top five U.S. News rankings: Yale, Harvard, Stanford, Columbia and Chicago.

UC Hastings is ranked 48th by U.S. News. Iowa, North Carolina, Georgia, Ohio State and Florida pay a little less, though they hold higher rankings. Rutgers-Newark, ranked 86th by U.S. News, pays the second-highest median salary to its tenured profs, $186,000, among survey respondents.

Southern Illinois paid its tenured profs the least among survey respondents, a median base salary of $115,308. Fringe benefits were not included in the totals.

Meanwhile, Above the Law has posted salary figures for several elite schools that didn’t respond to the SALT survey, including Virginia, Michigan and the University of California at Berkeley.

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