What am I worth?
Get a free salary report »
What should I pay?
Pay the right way »

Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Salary

Assistant Professors in the United States take home an average $61K annually. The bottom of the pay range sits near $44K, and the top verges on $96K per year. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the particular firm, followed by geography and tenure. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Work is enjoyable for Assistant Professors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Assistant Professors making up 51 percent of survey respondents. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$44,345 - $93,786
(Median)
$44K
$61K
$94K
MEDIAN: $61,475
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$14.82 - $76.60
(Median)
$15
$36
$77
MEDIAN: $36.00
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

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.
)
$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$44,345 - $93,786  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,849  
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).
)
$44,448 - $95,821  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 5,149
National Hourly Rate 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.
)
$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$14.82 - $76.60  
   
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.
)
$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,849  
   
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).
)
$44,448 - $95,821  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 38

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)

- OR -

Log in with LinkedIn

Comp Managers Click Here »

Job Description for Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education

Assistant Professor, Postsecondary/Higher Education Job Description

Read More...

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


Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px


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. Typical career progression for an Assistant Professor involves becoming an Associate Professor or a Professor, roles that pay $6K more and $16K more on average.

Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Job Listings

Search for more jobs:

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 leaders in the field that employ a large number of Assistant Professors. Assistant Professors seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at University of Washington (UW), where the median salary comes to $91K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($70K) and those starting out ($139K) creates a rather diverse pay scale. Also paying near the top of the field are New York University (NYU) at $88K, University of Illinois at Chicago at $82K, and University of Southern California (USC), where Assistant Professors annually earn $79K.

The smallest paychecks in the field are found at South University, where the median salary is a mere $46K, about half the top paying employer's rate. University of Kansas, George Mason University, and University of Cincinnati (UC) also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $62K, $62K, and $63K.

Popular Skills for Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education


Assistant Professors seem to wield many skills on the job. Lucky workers who know Engineering Design can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 20 percent above average. Clinical Research and Grant Writing are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 15 percent and 20 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Spanish Language. Most people experienced in 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.


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $61K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $62K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $63K in this role. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn any more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Assistant Professors that is 38 percent greater than the national average, Seattle offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Assistant Professors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+25 percent), Philadelphia (+18 percent), Pittsburgh (+17 percent), and Washington (+16 percent). With compensation 7 percent below the national average, Minneapolis is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in St. Louis and San Antonio (5 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively).

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.

Related Job Salaries

United States (change)

Experience Affects Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Salaries




National Average
$62,000


Skills That Affect Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Salaries









Clinical Supervision
up arrow 1%

Oral / Verbal Communication
0%

Counseling
0%

National Average
$62,000

Accounting
up arrow 1%

Public Speaking
up arrow 2%

Teaching
up arrow 3%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 894 votes.

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
42%
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%