Sunday, May 21, 2017
Housing, Part II
(Why tech companies outsource to India rather than affordable college towns like ours is difficult for me to comprehend. Half of a Bay Area salary would look like a 50% raise where I live.)
Anyway, you have just described why national salary comparisons are pointless. At minimum they should be normed to the median price of a certain sized home.
No, there is no solution. It is probably the case that your starting salary is higher than ours, but either one is going to be inadequate to buy a house in the most desirable school zone in our respective areas. University faculty salaries price us out of those areas. Our junior faculty teach as many classes in the summer as possible, plus the max regular semester overload, to deal with loans and housing and kids. That is their solution. We can't even give a cost of living raise, let alone increase starting salaries, with our state budget and a tuition freeze.
BTW, an unusual side effect of this problem is that summer adjunct work has gone essentially to zero as older faculty retired and were replaced with young ones. Summer pay isn't very much (ours is higher than adjunct but not even close to pro rata on our regular pay at the prof level) so the people getting close to retirement didn't have much to gain. The young faculty max out in the summer.
I'm in a very similar boat as a high school teacher in an area with a lot of tech workers. I'm being priced out of even vaguely acceptable houses on my salary, even with substantial help from my parents. I'm considering moving to another state where houses are cheaper, since (unlike at the college level) there are generally openings for experienced high school math teachers in most parts of the country. With a little research I could probably find someplace where they pay teachers enough for them to buy houses if I go rural enough. (In the extremely rural parts of Alaska they provide teacher housing as part of the job, but that's a different thing entirely...)
The rental market is also very expensive and very tight here, partly from rapid growth in number of students, partly from (illegal) conversions to short-term vacation rentals.
UCSC has built some faculty housing on campus (some rental, some purchase---but the land is only leased) which is a drop in the bucket. I have no idea how the local community college faculty are managing. I suspect a lot of shared homes and commuting from rural areas—living like students.
Dean Dad - if you read this, you now know of a community college that offers housing for faculty.
The bigger problem here is that the housing market in general is broken in many places, for reasons that Matt Yglesias describes in The Rent is Too Damn High and that I describe here. Unless and until we get substantial zoning reform, these problems are going to continue.
Colleges can try to attack the cost part of the equation, but when every other employer is doing the same thing we see the property and rent lines rise. We really have to attack the supply part of the equation.
That hasn't been an issue for the last decade, but I suspect it will become one again after the next election. (The Conservatives are very good at pitting rural against Toronto.)
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