MLA Recommendation on a Minimum Wage for Full-Time Entry-Level Faculty Members

The following policy statement grew out of a motion approved by the MLA Delegate Assembly in 2000. At its May 2002 meeting, the MLA Executive Council approved the statement for publication in the 2002 issue of Profession and asked the MLA Committee on Academic Freedom and Professional Rights and Responsibilities to update the statement annually. These recommendations were most recently updated in April 2015.

The minimum salary range for full-time appointments at the entry level should be at least $48,180 to $52,540 for those at the rank of instructor and at least $61,000 to $65,810 for those at the rank of beginning assistant professor. Health care benefits and shared contributions to a portable retirement plan should also be provided.