Median pay for Adjunct Professors in the United States is around $30K per year, but employers in San Francisco offer the biggest paychecks; average compensation in that city is approximately $102K. Adjunct Professors will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+117 percent), Miami (+100 percent), New York (+96 percent), and Dallas (+75 percent). The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$12,368 - $68,132
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$68K
MEDIAN: $30,478
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$19.57 - $67.23
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MEDIAN: $36.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$12,368 - $68,132  
   
Bonus
$500  
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$14,624 - $104,622  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 779
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$19.57 - $67.23  
   
Overtime
$29.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$500  
   
Total Pay (?
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$14,624 - $104,622  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 409
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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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Though it's uncommon, some Adjunct Professors move into roles as College Department Chairs, where pay is an average $80K per year. The most common next step for an Adjunct Professor is to become an Assistant Professor or an Associate Professor. The former position pays an additional $16K per year on average, and the latter position pays $27K more per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Adjunct Professor


Heading up the field in terms of compensation, University of Cincinnati (UC) offers the most; Adjunct Professors earn $42K on average there.

Popular Skills for Adjunct Professor


Survey results suggest that Adjunct Professors use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Spanish Language, Curriculum Planning, and Online Education are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 122 percent, 55 percent, and 27 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 skilled in English Language are similarly competent in Teaching.

Pay by Experience Level for Adjunct Professor

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


Adjunct Professors with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $40K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $41K. Adjunct Professors see a median salary of $49K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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 $57K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,668

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Experience Affects Adjunct Professor Salaries



National Average
$42,000



Skills That Affect Adjunct Professor Salaries

Spanish Language
up arrow 122%

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 55%


Graphic Design
up arrow 12%

English Language
up arrow 2%

National Average
$42,000

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 2%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 13%

Design
up arrow 21%

Public Speaking
up arrow 33%

Teaching
up arrow 39%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 105 votes.

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 24%
dental benefits
Dental: 15%
medical benefits
Vision: 13%
dental benefits
None: 75%
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