these salary data got you blue?

From the ASA Faculty Salary Brief:

US Salaries

Perhaps you need to relocate to Canada, where we don’t necessarily collect data on sociologists’ salaries, but the Ontario Sunshine List gives us a hint that there are plenty of sociologists up here who break the six-figure barrier. Plus, a real pension, all the snowballs you can throw, and summer breaks that run April-August. It’s a northern paradise! Tempting? I hope so, because my department is hiring a Chair.

Here is the job ad. Please contact me if you have any questions:

Department of Sociology

Applications are invited for the position of Chair, Department of Sociology at McMaster University, commencing July 1, 2014.  We seek a candidate with demonstrated leadership abilities and, ideally, previous experience as a department chair. The area of expertise is open. The successful candidate will have a PhD in sociology and will hold the rank of Professor or senior Associate Professor at the time of their application. The candidate will also have established a strong record of sociological research, and will have the ability to teach effectively in undergraduate courses and engage in the teaching and supervision of master’s and doctoral students. The Department seeks a Chair with a demonstrated commitment to inclusion and to developing strategies to enhance and support the diversity of our faculty.

The Department of Sociology is a research-oriented department with a large undergraduate program and an active graduate program leading to the degrees of MA and PhD in Sociology. Further information on the Department of Sociology can be found at

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be considered first for this position.  McMaster University is strongly committed to employment equity within its community, and to recruiting a diverse faculty and staff.  The University encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, members of sexual minorities, and persons with disabilities.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until a successful applicant is selected. Applications should be sent by post or courier to:

Charlotte Yates, Dean
Faculty of Social Sciences (KTH 132)
McMaster University
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, L8S 4M4

An application should include a letter outlining the candidate’s contributions to leadership in the areas of teaching, research and administration; a curriculum vitae; and names and contact information of three referees.


4 thoughts on “these salary data got you blue?”

    1. It certainly could be much worse in this terrible economy. With all the furloughs and wage freezes, it is surprising that it isn’t a drop.


  1. The ASA salary report doesn’t include standard deviations, but the (very crude) measure of the ratio of the mean to the median (appendix A) shows a pretty clear upward trend for Full and Assistant professors, and a slight upward trend for Associates. This is pretty consistent with my reading of the field, which is of widening inequality between public and private universities as well as within them.


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