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Adjunct Professor Salary

The median salary for Adjunct Professors in the United States is $31K annually, and compared to other cities, New York offers the biggest paychecks at around $81K on average. Adjunct Professors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+50 percent), Los Angeles (+48 percent), Miami (+24 percent), and San Diego (+17 percent). The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$12,875 - $74,040
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$13K
$31K
$74K
MEDIAN: $31,124
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$17.71 - $69.41
(Median)
$18
$38
$69
MEDIAN: $37.00
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Salary
$12,875 - $74,040  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,500  
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$15,286 - $105,431  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 721
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Hourly Rate
$17.71 - $69.41  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $147.95  
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Bonus
$0.00 - $2,500  
   
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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$15,286 - $105,431  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 342

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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 may progress into high-paying roles like Professor, where median compensation is $78K annually. It is quite typical for Adjunct Professors to transition into roles as Assistant Professors or Associate Professors, where reported median earnings are $14K and $26K higher per year.

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Adjunct Professors report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Curriculum Planning and Spanish Language are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 86 percent and 61 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. Aptitude in English Language tends to also indicate an understanding of Oral / Verbal Communication.

Pay by Experience Level for Adjunct Professor

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


Adjunct Professors who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $36K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $44K on average. Adjunct Professors see a median salary of $50K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Adjunct Professors who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $62K.

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Experience Affects Adjunct Professor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 45%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Adjunct Professor Salaries

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 86%

Spanish Language
up arrow 61%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 3%

National Average
$42,000

English Language
up arrow 3%

Teaching
up arrow 4%

Design
up arrow 23%

Public Speaking
up arrow 34%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 45%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 196 votes.

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 33% dental benefits Dental: 21%
vision benefits Vision: 15% employee benefits None: 67%