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Science  19 Jul 1929:
Vol. 70, Issue 1803, pp. 47-56
DOI: 10.1126/science.70.1803.47


A comparison of salary scales of trained men shows rather clearly at the present time that

(1) The pay scale of endowed and state universities and agricultural colleges is approximately like that of the commissioned officers of the army and the navy, but lacks the advantage of the retiring pension of three fourths pay. This pension often relieves the military and naval officer of the necessity of saving for old age. The saving required of the academic man to give him an equivalent retiring fund is not practicable at the present salary scale.

(2) It shows that the academic salary scale is appreciably lower than that of the professional and scientific services of the national government at Washington. The retiring allowance of the government employee, though small, and in part contributed by the employee himself, gives him a distinct advantage.

(3) The salaries of all groups above mentioned are very much lower than those paid in manufacturing enterprises to positions above the wage-earners.

In order to make a concrete comparison, I will enumerate the positions that on the average command salaries of $3,000, $6,000 and $9,000 respectively in these different lines of work.