Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Salary

Median pay for Assistant Professors in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $65K per year. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the specific employer, though the particular city and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Women Assistant Professors who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$48,122 - $99,843
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MEDIAN: $65,205
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$15.50 - $73.97
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$0$101K
Salary $48,122 - $99,843
Bonus $1,007 - $20,568
Profit Sharing $10,000
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$48,046 - $101,145
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,807
Hourly Data $0$123
Hourly Rate $15.50 - $73.97
Overtime $27.56 - $123.65
Annual Data $0$101K
Bonus $1,007 - $20,568
Profit Sharing $10,000
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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$48,046 - $101,145
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 51

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Job Description for Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education

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Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Tasks

  • Advise and mentor students.
  • Teach courses in a specific field.
  • Develop and modify curriculum in coordination with committees.

Common Career Paths for Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education


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For Assistant Professors, progressing to a Psychiatrist role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Psychiatrist can earn $170K annually. Assistant Professors most often move into positions as Associate Professors or Professors; those groups report median salaries that are $4K higher and $13K higher, respectively.

Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education


City University of New York (CUNY), South University, University of Cincinnati (UC), New York University (NYU), and University Of Notre Dame are top-notch employers for Assistant Professors in this area. The biggest paychecks can be found at Ohio State University (OSU) — the median salary there is $91K. New York University (NYU), Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), and University of Southern California (USC) also offer top salaries for Assistant Professors. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $88K, $83K, and $83K, respectively.

With a reported median salary of only $46K, South University easily takes the cake for lowest-paying firm in town; earnings are just about half of the top paying company's median. A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include George Mason University ($62K), University of Cincinnati (UC) ($63K), and University of Kentucky (UK) ($68K).

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, Molecular Biology, Data Analysis, and Clinical Education are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 16 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Oral / Verbal Communication, Counseling, and Course Design. Most people experienced in Grant Writing also know Data Analysis and Oral / Verbal Communication.

Pay by Experience Level for Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education

Pay by Experience for an Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education has a negative trend. An entry-level Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $65,000 based on 1,553 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $65,000 based on 909 salaries. An experienced Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $67,000 based on 586 salaries. An Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 246 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $65,503

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

Home to some of the best pay for Assistant Professors, Baltimore offers exceptional salaries, 31 percent above the national average. Assistant Professors will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+27 percent), Boston (+24 percent), Los Angeles (+18 percent), and New York (+16 percent). Columbia ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 11 percent below the national average. St. Louis and Pittsburgh are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 8 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively.

Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education?

Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education in Iowa City:
"Self-directed and flexible."
Pros: I love that I serve as my own boss. Besides my teaching assignments, I direct my own schedule for writing, researching, and meeting with people. I enjoy that my work schedule is flexible and that the atmosphere is casual.
Cons: Despite a 9-month contract, I work full-time in the summer. I do so because of the pressure to publish and secure funding. My position carries a fair amount of stress. As a top-tier research institution, my university pays me approx $4,000 below the average. Worse, salaries and raises differ wildly based on the professor's home department and college. Finally, my university offers zero maternity leave.

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 Columbia:
"Stressful, Overwhelmed, Too Many Deadlines."
Pros: Working with students.
Cons: The ever increasing workload with no increase in salary and impossible deadlines. Lack of full-time assistant.

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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Key Stats for Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 304 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Salaries

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National Average
$66,000

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Skills That Affect Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 304 votes.

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
no benefits
None: 7%
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