Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Salary

Assistant Professors in the United States can expect to earn an average of $62K per year. Pay generally varies between $45K and $97K per year. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but the particular city and years of experience are influential factors as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Male Assistant Professors are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 50 percent of the field. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance.

$44,791 - $95,312
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$45K
$62K
$95K
MEDIAN: $61,999
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$14.77 - $77.28
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MEDIAN: $36.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$44,791 - $95,312  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,802  
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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$44,882 - $96,825  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 5,107
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Hourly Rate
$14.77 - $77.28  
   
Overtime
$10.07 - $124.16  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,802  
   
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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$44,882 - $96,825  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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.

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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. Assistant Professors typically move into roles as Associate Professors or Professors, and those positions pay $6K more and $16K more, respectively.

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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 leaders in the field that employ a large number of Assistant Professors. Employees of University of Washington (UW) can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $91K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $67K to $138K. Assistant Professors will also find cushy salaries at New York University (NYU) (+$88K), Drexel University (+$78K), and University of Southern California (USC) (+$78K).

The lowest pay by far can be found at South University — this employer offers a median salary of $46K, just about half of the top paying company's median. Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at George Mason University ($62K), University of Cincinnati (UC) ($63K), and Georgia State University ($64K).

Popular Skills for Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education


Assistant Professors report using a deep pool of skills on the job. 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, 18 percent, and 14 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Spanish Language, Public Speaking, and Teaching. It is often found that people who know Grant Writing are 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.


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $61K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $63K. For Assistant Professors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $64K. 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


For those looking to make money, Assistant Professors in Seattle enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 37 percent above the national average. Assistant Professors will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+26 percent), Pittsburgh (+21 percent), Philadelphia (+17 percent), and New York (+15 percent). Trailing the national average by 7 percent, St. Louis is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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
0%

National Average
$62,000

Counseling
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Accounting
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Oral / Verbal Communication
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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 744 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

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: 58% employee benefits None: 6%
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