UW–Madison giving 20% of faculty merit-based raises

The University of Wisconsin–Madison announced it will provide up to 20% of its faculty in each unit at the university with merit- and market-based pay increases this academic year in an effort to retain and reward excellence.

UW–Madison reallocated $3 million in campus funds for individual faculty pay increases and tabbed an additional $1 million in funds for pay increases to eligible academic and university staff. According to a 2014–15 survey by the American Association of University Professors, the average salary for a full professor at UW–Madison is about $14,000 lower than the average at peer universities.

UW Chancellor Rebecca Blank has repeatedly expressed her concerns about the university’s ability to retain top faculty in a competitive market.

As part of its salary increase plan, UW deans and directors will propose which faculty and staff members should receive increases.