Salary Equity Review for Tenure / Tenure Eligible Faculty

Last updated June 16, 2020


The University of Arizona is deeply committed to paying comparable salaries for comparable work for all of its employees, regardless of gender, race and ethnicity. Accordingly, we have recently completed a comprehensive review of base salary among tenured and tenure-eligible (T/TE) faculty. To begin, we engaged an external law firm and further retained a nationally recognized labor economist to guide a legal review of compensation of T/TE faculty, from which no findings were found of systemic issues in compensation with respect to gender or race / ethnicity. Upon conclusion of that review we reviewed base salaries at the unit-level to ascertain through near-peer comparisons if there are instances of salary disparities that could not reasonably be attributed to performance or some other legitimate, non-discriminatory, factor. The near-peer comparison process revealed instances of correctable salary disparities which have been addressed by making adjustments in 12.1% of cases, totaling $885,659, equivalent to an approximate 0.5% increase in the total salary pool for this faculty population.  The notices of salary adjustments were issued to affected faculty directly during the week of 9 March 2020.  We are working towards similar reviews of salary among career track and continuing status faculty in the near future.

Read the Report on 2020 Salary Equity Review Tenure/Tenure Eligible Faculty

A note: Equity vs. Market

The purpose of this review was to establish if there are base salary disparities that do not appear to be explained by non-discriminatory job-related factors within the colleges at the University of Arizona.  This review did not address possible differences in salary between the University of Arizona and other institutions of higher education (i.e., “market rates”).

Elective Review Request

Deadline for requests was April 30, 2020.

Any current Tenure and Tenure Eligible faculty member who has been on the University of Arizona payroll since at least the start of the Fall 2019 semester may request an equity review of their base salary using the same analytical process developed for the 2020 Salary Equity Review for Tenure / Tenure Eligible Faculty. The outcome of the elective review will be shared by the end of June 2020.

Please share any information that you believe should inform the elective review process, such as corrections to the data used in the equity review (refer to the report to see the data types used), or other salient information relating to salary equity concerns (max 200 words).