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Adjunct Professor Salary

Adjunct Professors in the United States earn an average of $32K per year, and top pay can be found in New York, where the average is $83K. Adjunct Professors will also find cushy salaries in Miami (+68 percent), Los Angeles (+46 percent), Dallas (+36 percent), and Columbus (+20 percent). The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
$12,947 - $73,643
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MEDIAN: $31,773
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$19.02 - $69.66
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MEDIAN: $37.00
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National Salary Data

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$12,947 - $73,643  
   
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$0.00 - $3,600  
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$15,263 - $106,317  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 684
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$19.02 - $69.66  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $125.00  
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$0.00 - $3,600  
   
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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$15,263 - $106,317  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 328
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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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At the upper end, Adjunct Professors who move into a Professor role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Professors is $78K per year. Typical career progression for an Adjunct Professor involves becoming an Assistant Professor or an Associate Professor, roles that pay $13K more and $25K more on average.

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Adjunct Professors report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Curriculum Planning and Spanish Language are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 83 percent and 58 percent, respectively. Those listing Public Speaking as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Teaching and Design also typically command lower compensation. English Language and Oral / Verbal Communication are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

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 tend to enjoy higher earnings. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $39K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $45K on average. Adjunct Professors bring in $50K after working for 10 to 20 years. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $60K on average.

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Experience Affects Adjunct Professor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 39%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$43,000


Skills That Affect Adjunct Professor Salaries

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 83%

Spanish Language
up arrow 58%

National Average
$43,000

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 1%

English Language
up arrow 4%

Design
up arrow 4%

Teaching
up arrow 5%

Public Speaking
up arrow 36%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 226 votes.

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 33% dental benefits Dental: 22%
vision benefits Vision: 16% employee benefits None: 67%