For a fourth consecutive year, Bowdoin professors’ salaries increased in 2014-2015, according to data collected by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP).

The average salary for full professors jumped 1.6 percent to $137,300 from the previous school year, while the average salary increased 2.5 percent to $99,300 for associate professors and 6.2 percent to $80,800 for assistant professors.

The College determines faculty salaries through its 4-5-6 policy, which was suspended during the recession and reinstated last year. Under this policy, the College determines salary increases at each level of professorship by looking at the three-year lagging average of percentage salary increases at the colleges ranked fourth, fifth and sixth by average salary in an 18-school peer group selected by the Board of Trustees.

 “Looking at the schools that are in the comparison group, we know who’s going to end up above us and we want to sit in that competitive place that means we’re still going to be there with schools with bigger endowments than we have,” said Dean for Academic Affairs Cristle Collins Judd.

Bowdoin ranks fifth in full professor salaries among the 11 schools in the New England Small Colleges Athletic Conference (NESCAC), third in associate professor salaries and fourth in assistant professor salaries.

The AAUP gathers salary data from over a thousand colleges annually and provides complete profiles of each college.