Adjunct Professor Salary

The average salary for Adjunct Professors in the United States is $31K per year, and pay runs especially high in San Francisco, where the average is $103K. Adjunct Professors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+82 percent), Los Angeles (+60 percent), Dallas (+55 percent), and Miami (+47 percent).

$12,644 - $72,448
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$13K
$31K
$72K
MEDIAN: $31,316
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$18.70 - $69.28
(Median)
$19
$38
$69
MEDIAN: $37.00
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$12,644 - $72,448  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,490  
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$15,112 - $105,713  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 768
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Hourly Rate
$18.70 - $69.28  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $148.99  
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Bonus
$0.00 - $3,490  
   
Total Pay (?
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$15,112 - $105,713  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 365
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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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As Adjunct Professors transition into upper-level roles such as Professor, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Professors earn $78K on average per year. The most common next step for an Adjunct Professor is to become an Assistant Professor or an Associate Professor. The former position pays an additional $15K per year on average, and the latter position pays $26K more per year.

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Adjunct Professors report using a wide range of professional skills. 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 93 percent, 61 percent, and 11 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.


Adjunct Professors with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $39K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $43K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $49K in this role. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $56K.

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Experience Affects Adjunct Professor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 33%



National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Adjunct Professor Salaries

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 93%

Spanish Language
up arrow 61%


National Average
$42,000

English Language
up arrow 3%

Teaching
up arrow 4%

Design
up arrow 23%

Public Speaking
up arrow 34%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 48%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 171 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

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: 20%
vision benefits Vision: 14% employee benefits None: 67%
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