Adjunct Professor Salary

Adjunct Professors earn around $31K annually on average in the United States, but employers pay the most in New York, offering approximately $77K at the median. Adjunct Professors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+72 percent), Dallas (+55 percent), Miami (+25 percent), and San Diego (+18 percent).

$12,451 - $72,398

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$18.39 - $69.76

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$12,451 - $72,398  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,534  
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$15,012 - $106,661  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 775
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$18.39 - $69.76  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $146.81  
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Bonus
$0.00 - $2,534  
   
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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$15,012 - $106,661  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 374
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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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For Adjunct Professors, progressing to a Professor role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Professor can earn $78K annually. Typical career progression for an Adjunct Professor involves becoming an Assistant Professor or an Associate Professor, roles that pay $15K more and $26K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Adjunct Professor


University of Cincinnati (UC) attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $42K.

Offering a median salary of only $30K, ITT Technical Institute gives out the smallest paychecks. Furthermore, the earnings range of $11K to $52K isn't that wide, either.


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. 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 94 percent, 62 percent, and 13 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. Competency in English Language frequently indicates knowledge of Oral / Verbal Communication.

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. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $39K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $42K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Adjunct Professors make a median salary of $49K. As Adjunct Professors reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $57K.

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Experience Affects Adjunct Professor Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Adjunct Professor Salaries

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 94%

Spanish Language
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National Average
$42,000

English Language
up arrow 2%

Teaching
up arrow 4%

Design
up arrow 22%

Public Speaking
up arrow 34%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 47%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 165 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
21%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 32% dental benefits Dental: 20%
vision benefits Vision: 14% employee benefits None: 68%
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