Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Salary

Over three-fourths of Professors in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $49K to $152K per year, but median earnings come to around $85K annually. While geography and experience level impact pay for this group, the specific employer is the most influential factor. Work is enjoyable for Professors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Men working as Professors who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 58 percent. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$49,655 - $150,809
$50K
$85K
$150K
MEDIAN: $84,990
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50%
90%

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$12.77 - $100.17
$13
$31
$100
MEDIAN: $30.78
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$49,655 - $150,809  
   
Bonus
$989 - $49,405  
Profit Sharing
$10,000  
Total Pay (?
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$49,180 - $152,328  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,752
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$12.77 - $100.17  
   
Overtime
$10.14 - $128.22  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$989 - $49,405  
   
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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$49,180 - $152,328  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 62

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Job Description for Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education

The job of a professor at the postsecondary or higher education level involves not only lecturing and teaching students in the classroom, but working with them to develop research, dissertations, or thesis-based papers as well. A professor also must be able to perform research, collect and analyze data, and examine original documents, literature, and other source material.

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Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Tasks

  • Perform research to expand knowledge by performing experiments, collecting and analyzing data, or examining original documents, literature, and other source material.
  • Keep up with developments in an academic field.
  • Supervise graduate students' teaching and research.
  • Publish research findings.
  • Prepare lectures, exercises and laboratory experiments; grade exams and papers; advise and work with students individually.

Common Career Paths for Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education


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Professors who go on to become Chairmans may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Chairmans is $149K annually. Given that the median pay is $80K, it may be surprising to find that a College Department Chair is the most common role for Professors to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Dean of Graduate Studies role — which pays $107K — is also typical for Professors, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education


Professors fill the offices of leading firms University of Washington (UW), Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), University of California, San Diego (UCSD), University of Southern California (USC), and Cornell University. North Carolina State University (NCSU) offers the largest salaries in town — $161K on average. Other employers shelling out big bucks include University of Southern California (USC), Arizona State University (ASU), and Emory University, where Professors typically earn around $156K, $141K, or $140K, respectively.

Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) reports the lowest median salary in the area by far — it's only $77K, less than half of the top paying company's rate. University of Florida (UF), Florida Agricultural and Mechanical (A&M) University (famu), and San Diego State University (SDSU) are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($89K, $90K, and $95K respectively).

Popular Skills for Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education


Survey results imply that Professors deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Engineering Design, Research, and Statistical Analysis are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 43 percent, 30 percent, and 24 percent, respectively. Those listing Mathematica as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Online Education and Public Speaking also typically command lower compensation. The majority of those who know Oral / Verbal Communication also know Writing Procedures & Documentation and Administration. It is often found that people who know Research Analysis are also skilled in Administration and Writing Procedures & Documentation.

Pay by Experience Level for Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education

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


Professors with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $60K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $71K. Professors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $86K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $99K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $84,610

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

For Professors, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 54 percent greater than the national average. Professors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Berkeley (+51 percent), Boston (+36 percent), Los Angeles (+25 percent), and Indianapolis (+23 percent). Houston is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 8 percent. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Dallas (5 percent lower) and Baltimore (3 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 219 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
48%
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Experience Affects Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Salaries

▲17%

▲2%

National Average
$85,000

▼16%

▼30%

Skills That Affect Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Salaries

Engineering Design
▲43%

▲30%

Statistical Analysis
▲24%



▲19%


Scientific Research
▲13%


National Average
$85,000




Public Speaking
▼12%

Online Education
▼13%

Mathematica
▼28%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 219 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
48%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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