Adjunct Professor Salary

The median pay for Adjunct Professors comes out to approximately $30K annually in the United States, but employers in Los Angeles offer the most; the average salary in that city is around $90K. Adjunct Professors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Miami (+103 percent), New York (+47 percent), Dallas (+46 percent), and Chicago (+29 percent). Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$12,296 - $69,588
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$30K
$70K
MEDIAN: $30,363
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90%

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$19.62 - $66.61
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$67
MEDIAN: $35.26
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$0$103K
Salary $12,296 - $69,588
Bonus $750
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$14,333 - $103,004
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 747
Hourly Data $0$66
Hourly Rate $19.62 - $66.61
Overtime $20.12
Annual Data $0$103K
Bonus $750
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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$14,333 - $103,004
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 403

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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 sometimes assume positions such as College Department Chairs. That role pays $80K per year on average. It is quite typical for Adjunct Professors to transition into roles as Assistant Professors or Associate Professors, where reported median earnings are $15K and $27K higher per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Adjunct Professor


Many Adjunct Professors can be found at Brown Mackie College, ITT Technical Institute, Grand Canyon University, ECPI College of Technology, and University of Cincinnati (UC), firms that are at the top of the field. ECPI College of Technology offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $51K.

Popular Skills for Adjunct Professor


Survey results imply that Adjunct Professors deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, facility with Spanish Language, Masters degree, and Curriculum Planning are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 117 percent, 63 percent, and 51 percent, respectively. Those listing Teaching as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Public Speaking and Design also typically command lower compensation. Most people who know English Language also know Teaching.

Pay by Experience Level for Adjunct Professor

Pay by Experience for an Adjunct Professor has a positive trend. An entry-level Adjunct Professor with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 587 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Adjunct Professor with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 316 salaries. An experienced Adjunct Professor which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 322 salaries. An Adjunct Professor with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $54,000 based on 198 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $42,682

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Adjunct Professor Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Adjunct Professor?

Adjunct Professor in Valrico:
"Rewarding, but not in a monetary sense."
Pros: I love the connections with students, and the availability of collective knowledge, and the ability to build my own syllabus.
Cons: No stability. Don't know my schedule from semester to semester.

Adjunct Professor in Chicago:
"Adjunct Professor Reflection."
Pros: I have schedule flexibility and the students are great to work with. The material is inline with my passion.
Cons: The pay is horrible and I can't live off it. I don't have any job security or benefits.

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Key Stats for Adjunct Professor

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 111 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Adjunct Professor Salaries

▲28%

▲15%

National Average
$43,000

▼3%

▼4%

Skills That Affect Adjunct Professor Salaries

Spanish Language
▲117%

Masters degree
▲63%

Curriculum Planning
▲51%


Graphic Design
▲9%

National Average
$43,000



Adobe Photoshop
▼11%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
▼15%

Design
▼23%

Public Speaking
▼35%

▼37%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 111 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 20%
dental benefits
Dental: 14%
vision benefits
Vision: 13%
no benefits
None: 78%
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