Average Assistant Professors in the United States make around $64K per year. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the company, followed by the particular city and experience level. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 52 percent.

$47,739 - $98,061
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MEDIAN: $64,240
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$16.00 - $71.88
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$47,739 - $98,061  
   
Bonus
$986 - $26,425  
Profit Sharing
$17,500  
Total Pay (?
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$47,713 - $99,172  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,960
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$16.00 - $71.88  
   
Overtime
$25.97 - $120.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$986 - $26,425  
   
Profit Sharing
$17,500  
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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$47,713 - $99,172  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 44
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Job Description for Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education

Assistant Professor, Postsecondary/Higher Education Job Description

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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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Assistant Professors may progress into high-paying roles like Psychiatrist, where median compensation is $169K annually. Assistant Professors typically move into roles as Associate Professors or Professors, and those positions pay $5K more and $14K more, respectively.

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Assistant Professors flock to City University of New York (CUNY), South University, New York University (NYU), University of Cincinnati (UC), and University of Southern California (USC), highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. For Assistant Professors, comfortable salaries can be found at Ohio State University (OSU); in fact, median earnings sit around $91K, the highest in the area. New York University (NYU), Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), and University of Southern California (USC) are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Assistant Professors earning around $88K, $83K, or $83K at each firm, respectively.

The consistently lowest paying firm on the list is South University, where the median salary is just $46K — just about half of the top paying company's median. West Virginia University (WVU), George Mason University, and University of Cincinnati (UC) are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($61K, $62K, and $63K respectively).

Popular Skills for Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education


Assistant Professors report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Clinical Research, Molecular Biology, Data Analysis, and Statistical Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 19 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Oral / Verbal Communication, Counseling, 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.


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $64K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $65K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $66K. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $65K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $64,489

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

With a pay rate for Assistant Professors that is 29 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Assistant Professors will also find cushy salaries in Baltimore (+26 percent), Boston (+25 percent), Washington (+19 percent), and New York (+17 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in St. Louis, 7 percent below the national average.

Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Reviews

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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Experience Affects Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Salaries




National Average
$64,000


Skills That Affect Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Salaries







Clinical Supervision
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Research Analysis
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National Average
$64,000

Public Speaking
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 284 votes.

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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