Adjunct Professor Salary

Median pay for Adjunct Professors in the United States is around $31K annually, but employers in San Francisco offer the biggest paychecks; average compensation in that city is approximately $103K. Adjunct Professors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+82 percent), Los Angeles (+63 percent), Dallas (+55 percent), and Miami (+48 percent). The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$12,474 - $72,897
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$73K
MEDIAN: $31,437
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$18.77 - $69.20
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$69
MEDIAN: $37.00
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$0.00 - $3,551  
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$15,013 - $105,563  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 772
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$18.77 - $69.20  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $148.99  
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$0.00 - $3,551  
   
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$15,013 - $105,563  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 367
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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. Adjunct Professors moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Assistant Professors or Associate Professors. The median paychecks in those roles are $15K higher and $26K higher, respectively.

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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 94 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. Oral / Verbal Communication is a skill commonly found among those who know English Language.

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. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $39K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $42K. Adjunct Professors see a median salary of $49K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $59K.

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Experience Affects Adjunct Professor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 38%



National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Adjunct Professor Salaries

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 94%

Spanish Language
up arrow 61%


National Average
$42,000

English Language
up arrow 3%

Teaching
up arrow 4%

Design
up arrow 22%

Public Speaking
up arrow 34%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 48%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 168 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: 67%
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