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Mace & Crown | February 19, 2018

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ODU Faculty Salaries

ODU Faculty Salaries


Visualization below produced by: Avinash Gosavi, Prasanna Sajjan
Design: Jugal Patel, Avinash Gosavi, Prasanna Sajjan

Note: The data visualization includes data from the 2014-2015 year. Salaries for adjunct faculty are also not included in the visualization below, but are available in the adjunct salaries link below. The project will be updated to include the most recent data.



Source: Old Dominion University


  • Salary of the teaching faculty is not directly proportional to their tenure. Some faculty with less tenure earned much more than faculty with more tenure.
  • In some cases, Eminent Scholars and Professors earned more than the department’s chair.
  • In almost all the fields of study, industry salary was much higher than the academic salary.
  • Salary of a faculty member varies from location to location, maybe due to factors such as cost of living, student to faculty ratio, quality of education, etc.



The Mace & Crown partnered with the Computer Science Department in an unprecedented effort to visualize faculty salaries at Old Dominion University (ODU). Two graduate students studying information visualization worked with the Mace Digital team. To obtain the data, the Mace used the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to request faculty salaries from the University’s Human Resources Department. Other information was obtained from the ODU Staff Directory, and Average salaries for other universities included below were obtained from the Chronicle of Higher Education. The graduate students used a ruby script to extract data for additional fields that were not included via FOIA. The visualization as a whole was produced using Tableau and the JavaScript library, d3.js.