The median salary for Adjunct Professors in the United States is $31K annually, and compared to other cities, Los Angeles offers the biggest paychecks at around $90K on average. Adjunct Professors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Miami (+99 percent), Dallas (+64 percent), Houston (+62 percent), and New York (+47 percent). The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$12,349 - $69,534
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MEDIAN: $30,622
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$19.49 - $67.70
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MEDIAN: $35.00
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$12,349 - $69,534  
   
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$500  
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$14,527 - $103,986  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 798
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$19.49 - $67.70  
   
Overtime
$29.00  
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$0$60K$120K$180K
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$14,527 - $103,986  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 414

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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 advance into the role of a College Department Chair are fairly uncommon. College Department Chairs on average earn $80K per year. When Adjunct Professors are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Assistant Professors or Associate Professors. Those roles pay an additional $16K and $27K, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Adjunct Professor


Adjunct Professors flock to Grand Canyon University for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $43K lead the pack in compensation.

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 121 percent, 67 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. Most people experienced in English Language also know Teaching.

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. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $41K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $41K. Adjunct Professors bring in $49K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $57K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,825

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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 107 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Adjunct Professor Salaries



National Average
$42,000



Skills That Affect Adjunct Professor Salaries

Spanish Language
up arrow 121%

Masters degree
up arrow 67%

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 54%


Graphic Design
up arrow 11%

English Language
0%

National Average
$42,000


Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 9%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 13%

Design
up arrow 22%

Public Speaking
up arrow 33%

Teaching
up arrow 36%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 107 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
22%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 23%
dental benefits
Dental: 15%
vision benefits
Vision: 12%
dental benefits
None: 76%
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