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Lecturer / Speaker Salary

Lecturers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $46K per year. Earnings sit near $29K on the lower side but can approach $72K per year on the higher side. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Lecturers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women Lecturers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$28,909 - $69,071
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MEDIAN: $46,472
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$9.84 - $148.99
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MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$28,909 - $69,071  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,966  
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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$28,596 - $71,726  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 533
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$100$200$300
Hourly Rate
$9.84 - $148.99  
   
Overtime
$10.17 - $291.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$200K$400K$600K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,966  
   
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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$28,596 - $71,726  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 32
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Job Description for Lecturer / Speaker

Being a lecturer/speaker means more than just talking. A lecturer/speaker has a responsibility to his or her student, as any professor would, as well as to his or her fellow instructors. Lecturers/speakers will spend a considerable amount of their time teaching students and building curricula. In addition to these tasks, they will need to develop course materials, attend faculty meetings, and generally test and evaluate students as needed. Once lecturers/speakers become more experienced at their work, they will have to help new instructors by showing them how to be successful and by demonstrating their responsibilities firsthand. If a student should ever need help, a lecturer/speaker must be available by having office hours so that students can reach him or her.

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Lecturer / Speaker Tasks

  • Research relevant subjects and design lectures around them.
  • Provide follow-up answers to the audience supported by research.
  • Lead oral presentations of a given subject to a group or class.

Common Career Paths for Lecturer / Speaker


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Lecturers who transition into an upper level Associate Professor role may receive a large increase in pay as the position pays an average $68K per year. Assistant Professors or Senior Lecturers are common next-step roles for Lecturers moving up in their careers; annual pay for Assistant Professors is $9K higher on average, and it's $11K higher for Senior Lecturers.

Lecturer / Speaker Job Listings

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Lecturers who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Those who have experience with Teaching, Public Speaking, and Oral / Verbal Communication can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Oral / Verbal Communication and Public Speaking.

Pay by Experience Level for Lecturer / Speaker

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Lecturers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. During the first five years of their careers, Lecturers see a median income of $45K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $46K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $50K in this role. As Lecturers reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $53K.

Lecturer / Speaker Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Lecturer / Speaker in Chicago:
"In the end it doesn't matter what you say only what you do."
Focus on your work. Leave the politics behind and be good at what you do. You are not entitled to anything, so don't compare yourself to others. In the end, people will judge you on what you do and if that happens to be political hand wringing or constantly clamoring for what you "deserve" (or worse yet putting others down for your benefit) you won't get far. There is virtue in this line of work, you must work to find it and work harder still to cultivate it.

Lecturer / Speaker in Danbury:
"Be Creative, Cooperative And Unique."
Learn what you can through observation, study and self improvement daily. Know that you are taking "baby steps" and you are growing within the field. Be patient and know your purpose is to help others not to use the platform as a "poor me" session.

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Experience Affects Lecturer / Speaker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$47,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Skills That Affect Lecturer / Speaker Salaries

Teaching
up arrow 16%

National Average
$47,000

Public Speaking
up arrow 13%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 130 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 17%