Adjunct Professor Salary

Salaries for Adjunct Professors in the United States average out at around $31K per year, but Los Angeles employers pay the most, offering approximately $90K on average. Adjunct Professors will also find cushy salaries in Miami (+107 percent), New York (+49 percent), Dallas (+49 percent), and Chicago (+31 percent).

$12,223 - $68,894
$12K
$31K
$69K
MEDIAN: $30,618
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50%
90%

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$19.65 - $68.13
$20
$36
$68
MEDIAN: $35.79
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$12,223 - $68,894  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,068  
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$14,268 - $104,559  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 763
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$19.65 - $68.13  
   
Overtime
$29.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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Bonus
$0.00 - $5,068  
   
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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$14,268 - $104,559  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 396

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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

  • Teach on a contractual basis at one or more colleges.
  • Grade assignments and provide students with timely feedback.
  • Develop the syllabus and prepare and lead discussions, lectures, tests, and assignments.

Common Career Paths for Adjunct Professor


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Though not the most common occurrence, Adjunct Professors sometimes become College Department Chairs, where the average income is $80K per year. Career advancement for the typical Adjunct Professor often leads to becoming an Assistant Professor or an Associate Professor; median salaries in these positions are $16K higher and $27K higher, respectively.

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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. Adjunct Professors seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at ECPI College of Technology, where the average salary comes to $51K.

Popular Skills for Adjunct Professor


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Spanish Language, Masters degree, and Curriculum Planning are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 121 percent, 66 percent, and 54 percent, respectively. Those listing Teaching as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Public Speaking and Design also typically command lower compensation. It is often found that people who know English Language are also skilled in 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: $41,934

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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.

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Key Stats for Adjunct Professor

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 101 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Adjunct Professor Salaries

▲30%

▲17%

National Average
$42,000

▼2%

▼3%

Skills That Affect Adjunct Professor Salaries

Spanish Language
▲121%

Masters degree
▲66%

Curriculum Planning
▲54%


Graphic Design
▲11%

National Average
$42,000



Adobe Photoshop
▼9%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
▼14%

Design
▼22%

Public Speaking
▼34%

▼36%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 101 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 22%
dental benefits
Dental: 14%
vision benefits
Vision: 12%
no benefits
None: 77%