A report penned by Eduardo Cabrera in Chilean newspaper La Tercera (28/1/2013, p.7) shows that academics in the country receive some of the highest salaries in Latin America. Chilean academics working in state universities earned an average monthly salary of $3,700 USD (around £28,000 per annum); a rate higher than most in the region including Brazil, Mexico and Colombia. only surpassed by Argentina. Nevertheless the average academic salary for Chile was found to be a full 6% below the international average.
The analysis was based on a joint study, carried out by the Boston College Center for International Higher Education (CIHE) and the Laboratory for Institutional Analysis (LIA) at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, in which 28 countries were surveyed. The study included all lecturers, both full and part-time and considered academic remuneration in terms of basic gross salaries in 2008 but incentives or bonuses were excluded from the analysis.
The figures are standardised using purchasing powerparity (PPP).
Top paying Chilean universities included Talca, Tecnológica Metropolitana and Tarapacá, awarding average monthly salaries of $5,725 USD, $4,564 USD and $4,283 USD, respectively. Surprisingly, the average salary at the highly regarded Universidad de Chile in Santiago was only slightly higher than the average for the country at $3,796 USD. The worst payers were Valparaíso and Playa Ancha, dolling out a mere average of $2,600 USD (less than an annual salary of £20,000).
The full international comparison data can be seen in the table below
|Country||Average monthly gross salary (PPP) USD
||Estimated annual gross salary in sterling GBP|
Source: La Tercera.