Naval Academy Pay To Increase
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) _ Navy Secretary James H. Webb Jr. has approved measures designed to make salaries of civilian instructors at the Naval Academy and two other Navy centers competitive with other universities and private industry.
Jim Kiser, spokesman at the academy, said Thursday that officials learned of the pay hikes late Wednesday.
The initiatives allow salary increases in departments such as engineering, Kiser said. Previously, salaries for professors were the same throughout the academy, regardless of department, said another academy spokesman, Stephen Becker.
″The secretary felt strongly that the Naval Academy faculty pay should be comparable to the top tier colleges and universities,″ said Cmdr. Mark Neuhart, a spokesman for Webb. ″The secretary feels strongly that these pay initiatives should increase faculty recruiting and retention and also be a boost to the morale.″
William Garrett, associate dean for administration at the academy, said the increases mean professors at any level would be eligible for 10 extra pay steps.
An assistant professor now earning a maximum of $39,000 annually would be able to advance under the new system to $47,000, he said.
Other institutions involved in the salary revisions are the Navy Post Graduate School in Monterery, Calif., and the Naval War College in Newport, R.I.
Garrett said full professors at the academy earn an average of $43,200.
In comparison, Stanford University professors average $63,100 and Princeton University professors average $59,800.