Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Salary

Assistant Professors in the United States take home an average $63K per year. Earnings sit near $46K on the lower side but can approach $98K per year on the higher side. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and years of experience. Most Assistant Professors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 51 percent. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance.

$45,423 - $96,694
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MEDIAN: $62,713
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$14.95 - $75.50
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MEDIAN: $38.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$45,423 - $96,694  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,036  
Profit Sharing
$2.14 - $14,795  
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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$45,537 - $98,092  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 5,306
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Hourly Rate
$14.95 - $75.50  
   
Overtime
$19.27 - $138.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,036  
   
Profit Sharing
$2.14 - $14,795  
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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$45,537 - $98,092  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 42
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Job Description for Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education

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Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Tasks

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

Common Career Paths for Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education


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There are some Assistant Professors — though it's uncommon — that transition into Senior Research Scientists, where earnings are an average $98K annually. 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 $6K more on average, and the second group earns $16K more.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education


University of Washington (UW), City University of New York (CUNY), South University, New York University (NYU), and University of Cincinnati (UC) are top-notch employers for Assistant Professors in this area. Although University of Washington (UW) leads the field in pay with a median salary of $94K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $69K on the low end all the way up to $174K at the top. Assistant Professors will also find cushy salaries at Ohio State University (OSU) (+$91K), New York University (NYU) (+$88K), and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) (+$83K).

Less than half of the top paying employer's rate, South University offers a median salary of just $46K, consistently last on the pay scale ladder by far. Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are George Mason University ($62K), University of Cincinnati (UC) ($63K), and City University of New York (CUNY) ($70K).

Popular Skills for Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education


Assistant Professors report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Clinical Research, Data Analysis, Grant Writing, and Molecular Biology are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 12 percent and 20 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like People Management, Teaching, and Oral / Verbal Communication. Most people skilled in Grant Writing are similarly competent 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.


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $62K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $64K on average — a distinctly larger sum. On average, Assistant Professors make $64K following one to two decades on the job. For some reason, Assistant Professors with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $63K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $62,994

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

Surpassing the national average by 40 percent, Assistant Professors in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Assistant Professors will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+36 percent), Boston (+28 percent), Pittsburgh (+23 percent), and Philadelphia (+18 percent). With compensation 5 percent below the national average, St. Louis is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Reviews

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

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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Experience Affects Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Salaries




National Average
$63,000


Skills That Affect Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Salaries








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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 727 votes.

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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