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Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Salary (United States)

An average Assistant Professor in the United States can expect to take home roughly $61K per year. The pay spectrum stretches from $44K to $95K per year. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the particular firm, followed by the particular city and years of experience. Men make up a slight majority of Assistant Professors (51 percent) who responded to the survey. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Assistant Professors. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority.
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$43,823 - $92,809
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MEDIAN: $60,740
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$14.38 - $75.00
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MEDIAN: $33.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$43,823 - $92,809  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,904  
Profit Sharing
$2.30 - $15,998  
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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$43,916 - $94,627  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 5,199
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Hourly Rate
$14.38 - $75.00  
   
Overtime
$2.14 - $123.29  
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,904  
   
Profit Sharing
$2.30 - $15,998  
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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$43,916 - $94,627  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 44
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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 experience if they take an upper-level role like Psychiatrist. The position pays an average $162K annually. A common career progression for an Assistant Professor is to become an Associate Professor or a Professor. Compared to Assistant Professors, the first group earns $7K more on average, and the second group earns $17K more.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education

Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Assistant Professors include University of Washington (UW), New York University (NYU), City University of New York (CUNY), South University, and University Of Notre Dame. Although University of Washington (UW) heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $93K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $72K to $140K. Assistant Professors will also find cushy salaries at University of Illinois at Chicago (+$82K), New York University (NYU) (+$82K), and University of Southern California (USC) (+$78K).
The consistently lowest paying firm on the list is South University, where the median salary is just $47K — just about half of the top paying company's median. Also approaching the lower end are University of Kansas, George Mason University, and University of Cincinnati (UC), each paying $62K.

Popular Skills for Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education

Survey results imply that Assistant Professors deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Engineering Design, Clinical Research, and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent, 21 percent, and 19 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Spanish Language. Those educated in Grant Writing tend to be well versed 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 $60K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $62K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Assistant Professors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $63K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $62K.

Pay Difference By Location

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For those looking to make money, Assistant Professors in Seattle enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 41 percent above the national average. Assistant Professors will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+21 percent), Houston (+20 percent), Pittsburgh (+18 percent), and Philadelphia (+17 percent). In Denver, salaries are 8 percent below the national average and represent 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 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
$61,000

Skills That Affect Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Salaries

Engineering Design
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$61,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 1080 votes.

Gender

Female
49%
female alumni
 
Male
51%
male alumni

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: 56% employee benefits None: 6%