It is not quite so simple as putting together a list of job classifications
and salaries.

Think about when you sell your home or buy a house---the agent and the loan
officier will look at the comparables in the area.  Whenever an institution
of higher education does a salary -- equity adjustment, it is done based on
the comparables for that school (perhaps other land grant schools, perhaps
schools in the same football conference, etc.).  Such a procedure helps you
to know if you are underpaid compared to folks in like jobs (well-somewhat
akin) at like schools.

Of course--the more likely you are to be in a position that is student
oriented--the more likely your salary will be at the low end.

But then as Jerry "Moonbean" Brown said as the governor of California---we
don't do it for the money as we get all the psychic benefits.    So I want
all of you to go out tonight---order a great psychic meal with a fine
bottle of psychic wine and start the weekend off psychically correct.  And
since it is a psychic benefit there are no calories, no fat, and no
cholesterol.  And if you feel hungry --- it's the buzz. Wow---far
out---dude.  And to think that "Moonbean" is only the mayor of Oakland.

Norman A. Stahl, Acting Chair
Department of Literacy,
Intercultural and Language Education
GH 223c
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL  60115

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