Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Salary

An average Assistant Professor in the United States can expect to take home roughly $64K per year. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but the particular city and tenure are influential factors as well. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 52 percent.

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MEDIAN: $64,222
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$15.59 - $72.72
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$47,797 - $98,071  
   
Bonus
$1,168 - $27,546  
Profit Sharing
$10,174  
Total Pay (?
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$47,799 - $99,224  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,908
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$15.59 - $72.72  
   
Overtime
$25.78 - $121.64  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$1,168 - $27,546  
   
Profit Sharing
$10,174  
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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$47,799 - $99,224  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 43

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Job Description for Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education

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Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Tasks

  • Advise and mentor students.
  • Teach courses in a specific field.
  • Develop and modify curriculum in coordination with committees.

Common Career Paths for Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education


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Assistant Professors who transition into a Psychiatrist role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $170K per year. A common career progression for an Assistant Professor is to become an Associate Professor or a Professor. Compared to Assistant Professors, the first group earns $5K more on average, and the second group earns $14K more.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education


Known for taking on a considerable number of Assistant Professors, City University of New York (CUNY), South University, University of Cincinnati (UC), New York University (NYU), and University of Southern California (USC) are leading firms in the industry. Those at Ohio State University (OSU) can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $91K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include New York University (NYU), University of Southern California (USC), and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), where Assistant Professors typically earn around $88K, $86K, or $83K, respectively.

Known for its small paychecks, South University actually ranks last in the field for salary, reporting a median income of $46K — just about half of the top paying company's median. Also approaching the lower end are George Mason University at $62K, University of Cincinnati (UC) at $63K, and University of Kentucky (UK) at $68K.

Popular Skills for Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education


Survey results imply that Assistant Professors deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Engineering Design, Clinical Research, Molecular Biology, and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 11 percent and 18 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Counseling, Oral / Verbal Communication, and Curriculum Planning. Those proficient in Grant Writing are, more often than not, also skilled in Data Analysis and Oral / Verbal Communication.

Pay by Experience Level for Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education

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


People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $64K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $65K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $66K in this role. Assistant Professors who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $64K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $64,492

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Assistant Professors in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 30 percent above the national average. Assistant Professors will also find cushy salaries in Baltimore (+29 percent), Boston (+26 percent), Los Angeles (+19 percent), and Washington (+18 percent). Trailing the national average by 10 percent, Columbia is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers pay around 7 percent less in St. Louis and 3 percent less in Pittsburgh, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education?

Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education in Iowa City:
"Self-directed and flexible."
Pros: I love that I serve as my own boss. Besides my teaching assignments, I direct my own schedule for writing, researching, and meeting with people. I enjoy that my work schedule is flexible and that the atmosphere is casual.
Cons: Despite a 9-month contract, I work full-time in the summer. I do so because of the pressure to publish and secure funding. My position carries a fair amount of stress. As a top-tier research institution, my university pays me approx $4,000 below the average. Worse, salaries and raises differ wildly based on the professor's home department and college. Finally, my university offers zero maternity leave.

Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education in Greensburg:
Pros: Work from home often. Teach on campus two days/week about interesting things. Get to go on research and conference trips of my own choosing and design.
Cons: The commute is not great. I would like to be paid more. I would like to teach less and research more.

Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education in Riverside:
"Great To Inspire New Leaders And Share From My Own Experience."
Pros: Ability to make a difference with students. Great colleagues to collaborate with and pursue joint research and work. Time to think.
Cons: Pressure to get enrollment up. Lack of funding to keep up facilities. Slow response by administration to needs of the department.

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Key Stats for Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 294 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Salaries

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National Average
$64,000

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Skills That Affect Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 294 votes.

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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