Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Salary

Assistant Professors in the United States can expect to earn an average of $62K per year. Pay ranges from $45K on the low end to $97K per year on the high end. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the particular firm, followed by the particular city and experience level. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. 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.

$44,785 - $94,883
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$45K
$62K
$95K
MEDIAN: $61,969
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$14.77 - $77.28
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$15
$36
$77
MEDIAN: $36.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$44,785 - $94,883  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,795  
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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$44,875 - $96,575  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 5,096
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 (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,795  
   
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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$44,875 - $96,575  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Senior Research Scientist. The average Senior Research Scientist brings home $98K per year. 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, University of Cincinnati (UC), and New York University (NYU) are among the top companies that take on many Assistant Professors. Assistant Professors flock to University of Washington (UW) for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $91K lead the pack in compensation; however, University of Washington (UW) also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $67K at one end to $138K at the other end. Assistant Professors will also find cushy salaries at New York University (NYU) (+$88K), University of Southern California (USC) (+$78K), and University Of Notre Dame (+$73K).

South University offers the lowest pay in the industry by far, with a median salary just about half of the top paying company's median ($46K). Employees at University of Kansas, George Mason University, and University of Cincinnati (UC) can also expect below-average earnings of $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, 18 percent, and 14 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Spanish Language, Public Speaking, and Teaching. Most people familiar with 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.


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $61K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $63K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $64K in this role. 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


Assistant Professors will find that Seattle offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 37 percent. Assistant Professors will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+27 percent), Pittsburgh (+20 percent), Philadelphia (+17 percent), and New York (+15 percent). St. Louis is the lowest-paying area, 7 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
0%

National Average
$62,000

Counseling
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Oral / Verbal Communication
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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 751 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: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 6%
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