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Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Salary

With about four-fifths of Professors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $49K to $155K per year and averages out to $88K per year. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the particular firm, followed by the particular city and years of experience. Almost all enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little more than half. Male Professors are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 64 percent of professionals. Work is enjoyable for Professors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$49,410 - $153,443
(Median)
$49K
$88K
$150K
MEDIAN: $87,634
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$16.29 - $73.40
(Median)
$16
$33
$73
MEDIAN: $32.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$49,410 - $153,443  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,735  
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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$49,368 - $155,189  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,300
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$16.29 - $73.40  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $105.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,735  
   
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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$49,368 - $155,189  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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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Professors' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Chairman. The average Chairman brings home $147K per year. A Dean of Graduate Studies role is the most common promotion for Professors moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $107K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Professors is a College Department Chair position, where earnings are usually $76K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education


Professors fill the offices of leading firms 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). Employees of University of Southern California (USC) can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $156K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $109K to $325K. Arizona State University (ASU), University of Washington (UW), and Emory University also offer top salaries for Professors. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $146K, $141K, and $140K, respectively.

With a median salary of only $77K (less than half of the top paying employer's rate), Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) lags significantly in the earnings department. Employees at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical (A&M) University (famu), San Diego State University (SDSU), and New York University (NYU) can also expect below-average earnings of $90K, $95K, and $99K.

Popular Skills for Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education


Survey takers working as Professors report using a large range of professional skills. 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 22 percent, respectively. Those listing Mathematica as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Counseling and Online Education also typically command lower compensation. Those proficient in Oral / Verbal Communication are, more often than not, also skilled in 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.


For many Professors, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $58K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $68K on average. Professors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $87K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $101K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Professors will find that Los Angeles offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 37 percent. Professors will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+29 percent), Boston (+25 percent), Philadelphia (+25 percent), and Columbus (+23 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 18 percent south of the national average, can be found in Savannah. Employers pay around 11 percent less in Miami and 8 percent less in Houston, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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
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Statistical Analysis
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National Average
$88,000

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 3%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 3%

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 4%

Research
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Teaching
up arrow 9%

Public Speaking
up arrow 15%

Online Education
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Mathematica
up arrow 30%

Counseling
up arrow 30%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 781 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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