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TABLE 3: SALARY TRENDS IN U.S. ARL UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES*
Salary figures for the current year are displayed in the context of previous years and
compared to the changes in the U.S. Consumer Price Index (CPI) to show trends in the
purchasing power of median and beginning professional salaries. Salary figures and CPI
numbers have been converted to adjusted indexes, using July 1984 as the base. Actual CPI
data retrieved from the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price
Index for All Urban Consumers - (CPI-U), located at http://146.142.4.24/cgi-
bin/surveymost?cu.
Fiscal No. of Total Median Median Median Actual Adjusted CPI
Year Libs. Staff Salary Salary Salary CPI CPI Change
Change Index
2005-06 99 8,700 $57,173 2.8% 220.4 195.4 188.1 3.2%
2004-05 99 8,581 55,600 3.2 214.3 189.4 182.3 3.0
2003-04 100 8,581 53,859 2.0 207.6 183.9 177.0 2.1
2002-03 100 8,544 52,789 1.9 203.5 180.1 173.3 1.5
2001-02 99 8,337 51,806 4.1 199.7 177.5 170.8 2.7
2000-01 99 8,127 49,753 3.7 191.8 172.8 166.3 3.7
1999-2000 98 7,858 48,000 4.1 185.0 166.7 160.4 2.1
1998-99 97 7,671 46,130 3.6 177.8 163.2 157.1 1.7
1997-98 97 7,682 44,544 3.4 171.7 160.5 154.5 2.2
1996-97 96 7,562 43,084 3.4 166.1 157.0 151.1 3.0
1995-96 95 7,435 41,651 2.7 160.5 152.5 146.8 2.8
1994-95 95 7,401 40,573 3.4 156.4 148.4 142.8 2.8
1993-94 95 7,390 39,257 3.0 151.3 144.4 139.0 3.0
1992-93 95 7,375 38,124 3.0 146.9 140.2 134.9 2.9
1991-92 94 7,408 37,009 3.5 142.6 136.2 131.1 4.2
1990-91 94 7,543 35,761 5.2 137.8 130.7 125.8 5.4
1989-90 94 7,344 34,000 5.8 131.0 124.0 119.3 4.8
1988-89 94 7,252 32,149 5.4 123.9 118.3 113.9 4.1
1987-88 93 7,145 30,492 5.1 117.5 113.6 109.3 3.6
1986-87 92 6,886 29,021 6.5 111.9 109.6 105.5 1.9
1985-86 91 6,707 27,249 5.0 105.0 107.6 103.6 3.6
1984-85 91 6,456 25,946 6.9 100.0 103.9 100.0 -
* Includes medical and law libraries in median salary.
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