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Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Salary

Pay for Assistant Professors in the United States sits in the ballpark of $62K per year. The bottom of the pay range sits near $45K, and the top verges on $96K per year. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the company, followed by the particular city and tenure. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Men working as Assistant Professors who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 51 percent. Most Assistant Professors report high levels of job satisfaction.

$44,616 - $94,560
(Median)
$45K
$62K
$95K
MEDIAN: $61,792
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$14.79 - $76.92
(Median)
$15
$37
$77
MEDIAN: $37.00
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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
$44,616 - $94,560  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,857  
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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$44,709 - $96,437  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 5,136
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$14.79 - $76.92  
   
Overtime
$10.21 - $122.34  
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 - $9,857  
   
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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$44,709 - $96,437  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 37

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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 experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Senior Research Scientist. The latter position pays an average of $98K annually. Career advancement for the typical Assistant Professor often leads to becoming an Associate Professor or a Professor; median salaries in these positions are $6K higher and $16K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education


Assistant Professors flock to University of Washington (UW), City University of New York (CUNY), South University, New York University (NYU), and University of Cincinnati (UC), highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Although University of Washington (UW) boasts the highest average salary in town at $91K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $67K or as much as $138K. New York University (NYU), University of Illinois at Chicago, and University of Southern California (USC) also offer top salaries for Assistant Professors. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $88K, $82K, and $79K, respectively.

The smallest paychecks in the field are found at South University, where the median salary is a mere $46K, just about half of the top paying company's median. 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


Survey results imply that Assistant Professors deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. 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, 19 percent, and 15 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Spanish Language, Public Speaking, and Teaching. The majority of those 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.


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $61K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $63K. Assistant Professors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $64K. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $63K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Seattle offers some of the highest pay in the country for Assistant Professors, 37 percent above the national average. Assistant Professors will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+24 percent), Pittsburgh (+20 percent), Philadelphia (+18 percent), and New York (+15 percent). St. Louis is the lowest-paying area, 5 percent south of 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 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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Counseling
0%

National Average
$62,000

Oral / Verbal Communication
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Accounting
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Teaching
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Public Speaking
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 814 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: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 6%
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