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Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Salary

Around four-fifths of Professors in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $49K to $155K per year, and the average comes out to $88K annually. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by geography and years of experience. The majority of Professors (64 percent) survey respondents are male. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$49,388 - $153,474
(Median)
$49K
$88K
$150K
MEDIAN: $87,841
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90%

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$16.89 - $73.40
(Median)
$17
$34
$73
MEDIAN: $33.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$49,388 - $153,474  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,813  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $14,899  
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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$49,369 - $155,185  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,317
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$16.89 - $73.40  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $105.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,813  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $14,899  
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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$49,369 - $155,185  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 72
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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

  • Publish research findings.
  • Prepare lectures, exercises and laboratory experiments; grade exams and papers; advise and work with students individually.
  • Supervise graduate students' teaching and research.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education


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As Professors transition into upper-level roles such as Chairman, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Chairmans earn $147K on average per year. More often than not, a Dean of Graduate Studies role is the next step for Professors moving up in the field. Dean of Graduate Studiess usually make $107K per year. Many other Professors choose to take on a College Department Chair role, where salaries are typically $76K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education


University of California, San Diego (UCSD), University of Minnesota, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), University of Southern California (USC), and University of Washington (UW) are top-notch employers for Professors in this area. University of Southern California (USC) offers the largest salaries in town ($156K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $109K to $325K. Other big spenders include Arizona State University (ASU), University of Washington (UW), and Emory University, top-paying firms where Professors see paychecks nearing $146K, $141K, or $140K.

Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) pays significantly less than other places with a median salary of $77K, less than half of the top paying company's rate. Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Florida Agricultural and Mechanical (A&M) University (famu) ($90K), San Diego State University (SDSU) ($95K), and New York University (NYU) ($99K).

Popular Skills for Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Engineering Design, Molecular Biology, and Clinical Research are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 38 percent, 35 percent, and 23 percent, respectively. Those listing Mathematica as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Counseling and Online Education also typically command lower compensation. It is often found that people who know Research Analysis are also skilled in Administration and Writing Procedures & Documentation. The majority of those who know Oral / Verbal Communication also know Writing Procedures & Documentation and Administration.

Pay by Experience Level for Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education

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


Professors who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $58K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $69K. On average, Professors make $87K following one to two decades on the job. Professors who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $101K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Professors that is 38 percent greater than the national average, Los Angeles offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Professors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+28 percent), Philadelphia (+26 percent), Boston (+25 percent), and Columbus (+24 percent). Falling short of the national average by 19 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Savannah. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Miami and Houston (10 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Salaries


National Average
$88,000




Skills That Affect Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Salaries

Engineering Design
up arrow 38%



Statistical Analysis
up arrow 19%



National Average
$88,000

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 4%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 4%

Research
up arrow 4%


Teaching
up arrow 10%

Public Speaking
up arrow 15%

Online Education
up arrow 16%

Counseling
up arrow 30%

Mathematica
up arrow 31%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 774 votes.

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
49%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 6%
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