Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Salary

Average Assistant Professors in the United States make around $62K per year. Compensation ranges from $45K on the lower end to $97K per year on the higher end. The company is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and years of experience are driving factors as well. Men working as Assistant Professors who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 50 percent. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most Assistant Professors like their work and job satisfaction is high. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$44,956 - $95,119

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$14.79 - $76.92

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$44,956 - $95,119  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,810  
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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$45,050 - $96,676  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 5,100
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$14.79 - $76.92  
   
Overtime
$10.30 - $121.20  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,810  
   
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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$45,050 - $96,676  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 37
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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 may progress into high-paying roles like Senior Research Scientist, where median compensation is $98K annually. Assistant Professors most often move into positions as Associate Professors or Professors; those groups report median salaries that are $6K higher and $16K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Assistant Professors include University of Washington (UW), City University of New York (CUNY), South University, New York University (NYU), and University of Cincinnati (UC). The biggest paychecks can be found at University of Washington (UW) — the median salary there is $91K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $67K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $138K. New York University (NYU), University of Southern California (USC), and Drexel University are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Assistant Professors earning around $88K, $79K, or $78K at each firm, respectively.

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. George Mason University, University of Cincinnati (UC), and Georgia State University also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $62K, $63K, and $64K.

Popular Skills for Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Lucky workers who know Clinical Research can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 21 percent above average. Data Analysis and Grant Writing are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 14 percent and 21 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Spanish Language, Teaching, and Public Speaking. Those educated in Grant Writing tend to be well versed in Data Analysis.

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 $62K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $63K. Assistant Professors bring in $64K after working for 10 to 20 years. For some reason, Assistant Professors with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $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 (+26 percent), Pittsburgh (+21 percent), Philadelphia (+18 percent), and New York (+15 percent). With compensation 7 percent below the national average, St. Louis is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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
$62,000


Skills That Affect Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Salaries









Clinical Supervision
0%

Counseling
0%

National Average
$62,000

Accounting
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Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 2%

Public Speaking
up arrow 4%

Teaching
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 726 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: 57% employee benefits None: 6%
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