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Adjunct Professor Salary

The median salary for Adjunct Professors in the United States is approximately $32K per year, but employers pay the most in San Francisco, offering around $100K on average. Adjunct Professors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+89 percent), Los Angeles (+58 percent), Dallas (+49 percent), and Miami (+23 percent). The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$12,984 - $72,806
(Median)
$13K
$32K
$73K
MEDIAN: $31,559
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$18.64 - $69.79
(Median)
$19
$38
$70
MEDIAN: $37.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$12,984 - $72,806  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,050  
Total Pay (?
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$15,296 - $105,780  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 736
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Hourly Rate
$18.64 - $69.79  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $147.95  
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,050  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$15,296 - $105,780  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 353

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Job Description for Adjunct Professor

Adjunct professors serve as instructors and/or researchers for the institution at which they teach. Most often, adjunct professors are not full-time professors seeking a tenured position at a university. Rather, they are typically professionals working in a particular field who have part-time professor status teaching within that same field at a university; universities benefit because these professors have real-world experience working in the field and do not require the same employment benefits of full-time professors.

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Adjunct Professor Tasks

  • Develop the syllabus and prepare and lead discussions, lectures, tests, and assignments.
  • Grade assignments and provide students with timely feedback.
  • Teach on a contractual basis at one or more colleges.

Common Career Paths for Adjunct Professor


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Adjunct Professors may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Professor. The latter position pays an average of $78K annually. When Adjunct Professors are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Assistant Professors or Associate Professors. Those roles pay an additional $14K and $25K, respectively.

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Adjunct Professors report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Curriculum Planning, Spanish Language, and Oral / Verbal Communication are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 91 percent, 59 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Those listing Writing Procedures & Documentation as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Public Speaking and Design also typically command lower compensation. Those with knowledge of English Language tend to be skilled in Oral / Verbal Communication as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Adjunct Professor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $38K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $44K. Adjunct Professors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $50K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $60K.

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Experience Affects Adjunct Professor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 41%



National Average
$43,000


Skills That Affect Adjunct Professor Salaries

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 91%

Spanish Language
up arrow 59%


National Average
$43,000

English Language
up arrow 4%

Teaching
up arrow 5%

Design
up arrow 23%

Public Speaking
up arrow 35%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 48%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 186 votes.

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 33% dental benefits Dental: 21%
vision benefits Vision: 15% employee benefits None: 67%
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