Adjunct Professor Salary

Median pay for Adjunct Professors in the United States comes out to approximately $31K per year, but employers in New York pay the most, the average compensation in that city is around $88K. Adjunct Professors will also find cushy salaries in Miami (+88 percent), Los Angeles (+66 percent), Dallas (+58 percent), and Phoenix (+12 percent). The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$12,478 - $70,499
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$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
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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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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As Adjunct Professors transition into upper-level roles such as Professor, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Professors earn $79K on average per year. Typical career progression for an Adjunct Professor involves becoming an Assistant Professor or an Associate Professor, roles that pay $15K more and $26K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Adjunct Professor


Adjunct Professors flock to University of Cincinnati (UC) for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $42K lead the pack in compensation.

ITT Technical Institute offers the least money; the median income there is just $31K. The pay range is also pretty narrow, as compensation generally sits between $11K and $71K.

Popular Skills for Adjunct Professor


Survey results show that Adjunct Professors use a fair number of skills. 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. Many workers who know English Language also know Oral / Verbal Communication.

Pay by Experience Level for Adjunct Professor

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


For Adjunct Professors, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. 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. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $46K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Adjunct Professors with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $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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