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Pennsylvania Schools

The field of academia is a thriving field in Pennsylvania. Below are statistics, charts and analysis on trends in the academic community in Pennsylvania.


Professional Trends

Faculty Employment Growth in Pennsylvania By Profession

3,856 4,118 4,268 4,330
1,276 1,388 1,381 1,396
8,110 8,101 8,370 8,465
6,960 7,091 7,341 7,484
7,385 7,495 7,474 7,577
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Yellow: Instructors
  • Blue: Lectures
  • Light blue: Assistant Professors
  • Red: Associate Professors
  • Grey: Professors

There are 401 colleges and universities in Pennsylvania. In 2006 there were 27,587 higher education faculty at these institutions. In 2009 there were 29,252 higher education faculty at these institutions.

This shows a 7% increase in the number of higher institution faculty in Pennsylvania.

Average faculty salaries in Pennsylvania

Assistant Professors
Associate Professors

The average salary of higher education faculty in Pennsylvania is $61,523 per year. This is greater than faculty salaries in the rest of the country, which average $57,293 per year. In Pennsylvania, there is a 5% difference in salaries for male and female faculty. Male faculty earn more than their female counterparts.

Tenure status for instructors & Researchers in Pennsylvania

No data at this time.

Of Pennsylvania's 26,204 higher education faculty members, 50% have tenure and 21% are on the tenure track.

Tenure Status for Instructors & Researchers in Pennsylvania by gender

Tenured On Tenure Track Not On Tenure Track
Men 0%
Women 0%
Men 0%
Women 0%
Men 0%
Women 0%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

National Vs. Pennsylvania Full Time Faculty Employment Growth

0% 1.37% 3.4% 4.8%
0% 3.73% 3.6% 7.47%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Pennsylvania
  • Light Blue: National

Interestingly, in Pennsylvania the number of part-time faculty has grown from 2006 to 2009 by 8%. Similarly, the number of full-time faculty in the state has also grown by 8%. This shows that in academia in Pennsylvania, working full-time is becoming less popular.

National Vs. Pennsylvania Part Time Faculty Employment Growth

0% 2.99% 5.2% 8.39%
0% 6.27% -0.1% 9.48%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Pennsylvania
  • Light Blue: National

Full time faculty minorities in Pennsylvania

No data at this time.

In 2009 9% of part-time faculty were from an ethnic or racial minority background. In the same year, 15% of the state's full-time faculty were from an ethnic or racial minority background.

Part time faculty minorities in Pennsylvania

No data at this time.

National Vs. Pennsylvania Faculty employment Growth of Minorities

0% 6.56% 11.13% 18.21%
0% 4.82% 5.85% 12.52%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Grey: Pennsylvania
  • Yellow: National

From 2006 to 2009, the total number of minority faculty in Pennsylvania has increased by 17%. The state statistics are consistent with national statistics. In 2006, there were 788,996 higher education faculty working nationally, of which 134,815 were from a minority background. And in 2009, there were 855,625 faculty working around the nation, of which 151,691 were from a minority background.

Full Time Faculty Minorities at Pennsylvania by Gender

Native American Asian African American Hispanic
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
  • Blue: Men
  • Pink: Women

Part Time Faculty Minorities at Pennsylvania by Gender

Native American Asian African American Hispanic
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
  • Blue: Men
  • Pink: Women

National Vs. Pennsylvania Faculty Employment growth of men

0% 0.35% 1.47% 3.01%
0% 4.12% -0.48% 4.71%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Pennsylvania
  • Light Blue: National

The percentage of women working in academia in Pennsylvania has also increased over the past few years. And the number of women faculty at colleges and universities around the nation has also increased. Between 2006 and 2009, there has been a 9% change.

National Vs. Pennsylvania Faculty Employment growth of women

0% 4.24% 7.65% 10.49%
0% 6% 4.61% 13.02%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Pennsylvania
  • Light Blue: National

National Vs. Pennsylvania Faculty employment by Gender

National Pennsylvania
Men 46%
Women 54%
Men 48%
Women 52%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

Educational Trends

Student enrollment in Pennsylvania


Consistent with the growth in the number of higher education faculty in Pennsylvania, the number of students studying in colleges or universities has also increased in Pennsylvania.

There are currently 653,867 undergraduate students in the state and 134,580 graduate students.

Student Enrollment Growth by degree in Pennsylvania

25867 26177 26707 27637 25893
76174 76137 79905 79500 81927
3224 3348 5270 6374 8812
26819 27357 28642 30015 32880
24471 24932 24185 24357 28074
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate
  • Blue: Bachelor
  • Light blue: Master
  • Red: Doctorate
  • Grey: Certificate

Student Completed Degrees in Pennsylvania


In 2009, 56,235 students graduated from colleges and universities in Pennsylvania. Approximately 23% of these students graduated from masters and doctoral degree programs. Another 46% graduated from bachelors-level programs.

Programs available for each degree type for all schools in Pennsylvania


These numbers are fairly consistent with the number and level of degree programs offered at the institutions of higher learning in Pennsylvania.

Retention rates in Pennsylvania

Returning Students 63%
  • Yellow Returning Students
  • Yellow Pattern Non Returning Students

In Pennsylvania state, 63 of every 100 first time students that enroll in undergraduate programs return to school the following year. And only 56 of every 100 students who start an undergraduate degree eventually graduate. National trends are consistent with this. At a national level, schools have an average retention rate of 59% and graduation rate of 45%.

Graduation rates in Pennsylvania

Graduation Students 56%
  • Blue Pattern Non Graduated Students
  • Pink Graduated Students

National Vs. Pennsylvania Students By Gender

National Pennsylvania
Men 43%
Women 57%
Men 42%
Women 58%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

Similar to the faculty population in Pennsylvania, the student population is not very diverse. Of the 788,447 students studying in Pennsylvania's institutions of higher learning, 58% are female, and 19% are from an ethnic or racial minority. National statistics are consistent with these numbers. Around the country, 58% of the student population is female and 28% belong to a racial or ethnic minority group.

National Vs. Pennsylvania Students Minorities

National Pennsylvania
Minorities 29%
Minorities 19%
  • Yellow Pattern Minorities
  • YellowNon Minorities

Faculty Salaries in Pennsylvania

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  1. Pennsylvania Business Schools386,780 Employed
  2. Pennsylvania Teaching Schools249,100 Employed
  3. Pennsylvania Engineering Schools209,714 Employed
  4. Pennsylvania Biology Schools123,308 Employed
  5. Pennsylvania Art Schools117,762 Employed
  6. Pennsylvania Psychology Schools116,205 Employed
  7. Pennsylvania Law Schools105,537 Employed
  8. Pennsylvania Nursing Schools105,375 Employed
  9. Pennsylvania Liberal Arts Schools103,671 Employed
  10. Pennsylvania Music Schools94,759 Employed
  11. Pennsylvania Information Systems Schools85,740 Employed
  12. Pennsylvania Math Schools82,488 Employed
  13. Pennsylvania Business Administration Schools82,465 Employed
  14. Pennsylvania Management Schools81,483 Employed
  15. Pennsylvania English Schools73,482 Employed
  16. Pennsylvania Information Technology Schools72,252 Employed
  17. Pennsylvania Design Schools72,242 Employed
  18. Pennsylvania Health Science Schools65,206 Employed
  19. Pennsylvania Educational Leadership Schools63,768 Employed
  20. Pennsylvania Counseling Schools57,167 Employed
  21. Pennsylvania Finance Schools56,928 Employed
  22. Pennsylvania Physics Schools54,514 Employed
  23. Pennsylvania Communications Schools53,049 Employed
  24. Pennsylvania Accounting Schools52,936 Employed
  25. Pennsylvania History Schools51,799 Employed
  26. Pennsylvania Chemistry Schools48,378 Employed
  27. Pennsylvania Architecture Schools46,585 Employed
  28. Pennsylvania MBA Schools46,429 Employed
  29. Pennsylvania Criminal Justice Schools43,733 Employed
  30. Pennsylvania Public Health Schools42,486 Employed
  31. Pennsylvania Human Resources Schools39,871 Employed
  32. Pennsylvania Political Science Schools39,695 Employed
  33. Pennsylvania Theology Schools37,242 Employed
  34. Pennsylvania Forensic Nursing Schools37,160 Employed
  35. Pennsylvania BSN Schools36,759 Employed
  36. Pennsylvania RN to BSN Schools36,759 Employed
  37. Pennsylvania Elementary Education Schools35,731 Employed
  38. Pennsylvania Human Services Schools34,280 Employed
  39. Pennsylvania Visual Communications Schools33,901 Employed
  40. Pennsylvania Sociology Schools33,664 Employed
  41. Pennsylvania International Business Schools33,436 Employed
  42. Pennsylvania Marketing Schools31,472 Employed
  43. Pennsylvania Mechanical Engineering Schools30,210 Employed
  44. Pennsylvania Social Work Schools30,058 Employed
  45. Pennsylvania Biochemistry Schools29,874 Employed
  46. Pennsylvania Healthcare Administration Schools29,702 Employed
  47. Pennsylvania Special Education Schools28,610 Employed
  48. Pennsylvania Graphic Design Schools27,511 Employed
  49. Pennsylvania Civil Engineering Schools25,861 Employed
  50. Pennsylvania Public Administration Schools25,653 Employed
  51. Pennsylvania Computer Engineering Schools25,410 Employed
  52. Pennsylvania Hospitality Schools24,869 Employed
  53. Pennsylvania Computer Science Schools24,432 Employed
  54. Pennsylvania Biomedical Engineering Schools23,401 Employed
  55. Pennsylvania Nutrition Schools23,224 Employed
  56. Pennsylvania Computer Networking Schools22,617 Employed
  57. Pennsylvania Culinary Schools20,459 Employed
  58. Pennsylvania Early Childhood Education Schools20,378 Employed
  59. Pennsylvania Property Management Schools19,193 Employed
  60. Pennsylvania Construction Management Schools18,814 Employed
  61. Pennsylvania Risk Management Schools18,385 Employed
  62. Pennsylvania Business Management Schools17,977 Employed
  63. Pennsylvania School Psychology Schools17,712 Employed
  64. Pennsylvania Film Schools17,585 Employed
  65. Pennsylvania Video Production Schools17,212 Employed
  66. Pennsylvania Small Business Schools16,747 Employed
  67. Pennsylvania Journalism Schools16,588 Employed
  68. Pennsylvania Speech Therapy Schools15,786 Employed
  69. Pennsylvania Organizational Psychology Schools15,293 Employed
  70. Pennsylvania Drafting Schools13,949 Employed
  71. Pennsylvania Radiology Technology Schools13,287 Employed
  72. Pennsylvania Electrical Engineering Schools12,607 Employed
  73. Pennsylvania Web Development Schools12,210 Employed
  74. Pennsylvania Public Relations Schools11,813 Employed
  75. Pennsylvania Web Design Schools11,678 Employed
  76. Pennsylvania Advertising Schools11,000 Employed
  77. Pennsylvania Computer Programming Schools10,874 Employed
  78. Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Schools10,863 Employed
  79. Pennsylvania Creative Writing Schools10,547 Employed
  80. Pennsylvania Healthcare Management Schools10,055 Employed
  81. Pennsylvania Clinical Psychology Schools10,042 Employed
  82. Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Schools9,897 Employed
  83. Pennsylvania Forestry Schools8,961 Employed
  84. Pennsylvania Sports Medicine Schools8,775 Employed
  85. Pennsylvania Criminology Schools8,698 Employed
  86. Pennsylvania Forensic Science Schools8,421 Employed
  87. Pennsylvania Sports Management Schools8,411 Employed
  88. Pennsylvania Hotel Management Schools8,365 Employed
  89. Pennsylvania Veterinary Schools8,060 Employed
  90. Pennsylvania Respiratory Therapy Schools8,052 Employed
  91. Pennsylvania Paralegal Schools7,834 Employed
  92. Pennsylvania Software Engineering Schools7,134 Employed
  93. Pennsylvania Fire Science Schools6,965 Employed
  94. Pennsylvania Dental Hygienist Schools6,813 Employed
  95. Pennsylvania Fashion Schools6,693 Employed
  96. Pennsylvania Interior Design Schools6,246 Employed
  97. Pennsylvania X Ray Technician Schools6,021 Employed
  98. Pennsylvania Physician Assistant Schools5,742 Employed
  99. Pennsylvania Gerontology Schools5,558 Employed
  100. Pennsylvania Surgical Technology Schools5,549 Employed
  101. Pennsylvania Restaurant Management Schools5,242 Employed
  102. Pennsylvania Health Information Schools4,737 Employed
  103. Pennsylvania Health Information Management Schools4,658 Employed
  104. Pennsylvania Medical Coding Schools4,526 Employed
  105. Pennsylvania Music Production Schools4,463 Employed
  106. Pennsylvania Music Therapy Schools4,209 Employed
  107. Pennsylvania Homeland Security Schools4,145 Employed
  108. Pennsylvania Sonography Schools3,620 Employed
  109. Pennsylvania Ultrasound Technology Schools3,620 Employed
  110. Pennsylvania Fashion Design Schools3,458 Employed
  111. Pennsylvania Fashion Marketing Schools3,430 Employed
  112. Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Assistant Schools3,230 Employed
  113. Pennsylvania Video Game Design Schools3,211 Employed
  114. Pennsylvania Animation Schools3,211 Employed
  115. Pennsylvania Court Reporter Schools2,933 Employed
  116. Pennsylvania Supply Chain Management Schools2,874 Employed
  117. Pennsylvania Carpentry Schools2,844 Employed
  118. Pennsylvania Christian Counseling Schools2,270 Employed
  119. Pennsylvania Computer Animation Schools2,193 Employed
  120. Pennsylvania Industrial Design Schools1,801 Employed
  121. Pennsylvania Fashion Merchandising Schools1,759 Employed
  122. Pennsylvania Ministry Schools1,457 Employed
  123. Pennsylvania Mental Health Schools1,152 Employed
  124. Pennsylvania Medical Billing Schools1,117 Employed
  125. Pennsylvania Game Design Schools1,018 Employed
  126. Pennsylvania Game Development Schools1,018 Employed
  127. Pennsylvania Project Management Schools700 Employed
  128. Pennsylvania Emergency Management Schools401 Employed
  129. Pennsylvania Computer Forensics Schools94 Employed

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