Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Salary

Assistant Professors in the United States can expect to earn an average of $63K annually. Earnings sit near $46K on the lower side but can approach $98K per year on the higher side. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the company, though geography and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 51 percent. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. For the most part, Assistant Professors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$45,423 - $96,694
(Median)
$45K
$63K
$97K
MEDIAN: $62,713
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$14.95 - $75.50
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$15
$38
$76
MEDIAN: $38.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$45,423 - $96,694  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,036  
Profit Sharing
$2.14 - $14,795  
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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$45,537 - $98,092  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 5,306
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$14.95 - $75.50  
   
Overtime
$19.27 - $138.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,036  
   
Profit Sharing
$2.14 - $14,795  
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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$45,537 - $98,092  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 42
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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 advance into the role of a Senior Research Scientist are fairly uncommon. Senior Research Scientists on average earn $98K per year. It is quite typical for Assistant Professors to transition into roles as Associate Professors or Professors, where reported median earnings are $6K and $16K higher per year.

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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 some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Assistant Professors. For Assistant Professors, comfortable salaries can be found at University of Washington (UW); in fact, average earnings are around $94K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($69K versus $174K) is great. Soaring salaries can also be found at Ohio State University (OSU), New York University (NYU), and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), where earnings of $91K, $88K, or $83K are standard for Assistant Professors.

The smallest paychecks in the field are found at South University, where the median salary is a mere $46K, less than half of the top paying company's rate. Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at George Mason University ($62K), University of Cincinnati (UC) ($63K), and City University of New York (CUNY) ($70K).

Popular Skills for Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education


Assistant Professors report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Clinical Research, Data Analysis, Grant Writing, and Molecular Biology are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 12 percent and 20 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like People Management, Teaching, and Oral / Verbal Communication. Most people skilled in Grant Writing are similarly competent 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.


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $62K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $64K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Assistant Professors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $64K. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $63K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $62,994

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

San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Assistant Professors, 40 percent above the national average. Assistant Professors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+36 percent), Boston (+28 percent), Pittsburgh (+23 percent), and Philadelphia (+18 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in St. Louis, 5 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 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
$63,000


Skills That Affect Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Salaries








Clinical Psychology
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 727 votes.

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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