Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Salary

The average Assistant Professor in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $65K annually. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the company, though geography and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. Most Assistant Professors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Women Assistant Professors who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$48,036 - $98,682
$48K
$65K
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MEDIAN: $64,708
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$15.23 - $72.72
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MEDIAN: $35.84
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$48,036 - $98,682  
   
Bonus
$1,030 - $27,873  
Profit Sharing
$17,500  
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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$48,000 - $99,898  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,660
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$15.23 - $72.72  
   
Overtime
$25.69 - $122.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$1,030 - $27,873  
   
Profit Sharing
$17,500  
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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$48,000 - $99,898  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 43

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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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At the upper end, Assistant Professors who move into a Psychiatrist role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Psychiatrists is a much higher $170K per year. When Assistant Professors are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Associate Professors or Professors. Those roles pay an additional $4K and $14K, respectively.

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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 City University of New York (CUNY), South University, University of Cincinnati (UC), New York University (NYU), and University Of Notre Dame. Ohio State University (OSU) offers the largest salaries in town — $91K on average. Assistant Professors can also look forward to large paychecks at New York University (NYU) ($88K), Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) ($83K), and University of Southern California (USC) ($83K).

About half the top paying employer's rate, South University offers a median salary of just $46K, consistently last on the pay scale ladder by far. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include George Mason University at $62K, University of Cincinnati (UC) at $63K, and University of Kentucky (UK), where $68K is the norm.

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, skills in Clinical Research, Molecular Biology, Data Analysis, and Clinical Education are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 17 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Oral / Verbal Communication, Counseling, and Course Design. Those familiar with Grant Writing also tend to 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: $64,990

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

For those looking to make money, Assistant Professors in Baltimore enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 32 percent above the national average. Assistant Professors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+28 percent), Boston (+25 percent), Los Angeles (+19 percent), and New York (+16 percent). With compensation 10 percent below the national average, Columbia is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are St. Louis (7 percent less) and Pittsburgh (4 percent less).

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 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 283 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
26%
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
$65,000

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Skills That Affect Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 283 votes.

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
no benefits
None: 7%