…the numbers reflect is a situation I’ve heard is
fairly common: in the College of Business & Economics, the 26 full
professors’ listed salaries have a median of $86,155; the 15 assistant
professors’ listed salaries have a median of $86,802. One of the
assistant professors has a reported salary higher than any of the full
professors. Another assistant professor has a reported salary higher
than all but one of the full professors.
That’s for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater; it’s not true for the University of Michigan or for that matter Harvard.