Adjunct Professor Salary

Median pay for Adjunct Professors in the United States is around $31K annually, but employers in New York offer the biggest paychecks; average compensation in that city is approximately $88K. Adjunct Professors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Miami (+88 percent), Los Angeles (+66 percent), Dallas (+58 percent), and Phoenix (+12 percent). The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$12,478 - $70,499
(Median)
$12K
$31K
$70K
MEDIAN: $31,357
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$18.84 - $66.69
(Median)
$19
$36
$67
MEDIAN: $35.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$12,478 - $70,499  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,054  
Profit Sharing
$1,250  
Total Pay (?
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$15,119 - $103,954  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 941
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Hourly Rate
$18.84 - $66.69  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $147.95  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,054  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,250  
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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$15,119 - $103,954  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 469
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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 who go on to become Professors may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Professors is $79K annually. It is quite typical for Adjunct Professors to transition into roles as Assistant Professors or Associate Professors, where reported median earnings are $15K and $26K higher per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Adjunct Professor


University of Cincinnati (UC) offers the largest salaries in town — $42K on average.

The pay scale is far from balanced at ITT Technical Institute. While salaries on one end can reach $71K, the company's median pay sits at $31K, the lowest in the field.

Popular Skills for Adjunct Professor


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, facility with Spanish Language and Curriculum Planning are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 61 percent and 52 percent, respectively. Those listing Writing Procedures & Documentation as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Public Speaking and Teaching also typically command lower compensation. Employees educated in English Language are typically practiced in Oral / Verbal Communication, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Adjunct Professor

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


For many Adjunct Professors, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Adjunct Professors in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $40K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $42K. Adjunct Professors see a median salary of $46K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $58K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $42,330

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Experience Affects Adjunct Professor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 38%


National Average
$42,000



Skills That Affect Adjunct Professor Salaries

Spanish Language
up arrow 61%

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 52%

Oral / Verbal Communication
0%

National Average
$42,000

English Language
up arrow 3%

Graphic Design
up arrow 6%

Teaching
up arrow 23%

Design
up arrow 23%

Public Speaking
up arrow 34%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 42%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 175 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 31%
dental benefits
Dental: 19%
medical benefits
Vision: 15%
dental benefits
None: 69%
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