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Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Salary

Assistant Professors in the United States can expect to earn an average of $62K annually. Compensation ranges between $45K and $96K per year. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and years of experience. Male Assistant Professors are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 51 percent of the field. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$44,574 - $94,431
(Median)
$45K
$62K
$94K
MEDIAN: $61,749
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$14.77 - $77.28
(Median)
$15
$38
$77
MEDIAN: $38.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$44,574 - $94,431  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,847  
Profit Sharing
$2.21 - $16,149  
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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$44,681 - $96,367  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 5,124
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$14.77 - $77.28  
   
Overtime
$10.07 - $124.16  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,847  
   
Profit Sharing
$2.21 - $16,149  
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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$44,681 - $96,367  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 36

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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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Assistant Professors who go on to become Senior Research Scientists may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Senior Research Scientists is $98K annually. Associate Professors or Professors are common next-step roles for Assistant Professors moving up in their careers; annual pay for Associate Professors is $6K higher on average, and it's $16K higher for Professors.

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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, University of Cincinnati (UC), and New York University (NYU) are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Assistant Professors. Although University of Washington (UW) leads the field in pay with a median salary of $91K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $70K on the low end all the way up to $139K at the top. Other big spenders include New York University (NYU), University of Illinois at Chicago, and University of Southern California (USC), top-paying firms where Assistant Professors see paychecks nearing $88K, $82K, or $79K.

South University pays significantly less than other places with a median salary of $46K, about half the top paying employer's rate. University of Kansas, George Mason University and University of Cincinnati (UC) are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $62K, $62K, and $63K.

Popular Skills for Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education


Assistant Professors seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with Clinical Research, Engineering Design, and Grant Writing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 20 percent, and 15 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Spanish Language, Public Speaking, and Teaching. Most people who know Grant Writing also know 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 $61K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $63K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Assistant Professors see a median salary of $64K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $63K.

Pay Difference by Location


Seattle offers some of the highest pay in the country for Assistant Professors, 38 percent above the national average. Assistant Professors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+25 percent), Pittsburgh (+20 percent), Miami (+18 percent), and Philadelphia (+17 percent). Minneapolis is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 6 percent.

Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Reviews

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

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
$62,000


Skills That Affect Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Salaries









Clinical Supervision
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National Average
$62,000

Oral / Verbal Communication
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Counseling
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Accounting
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Public Speaking
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Teaching
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 835 votes.

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 6%
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