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Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Salary

Professors in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with more than three-quarters bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $87K per year on average but can range from $49K to $154K per year. The range in cash compensation to Professors ($49K to $154K) includes potential earnings of $14K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the company, though career duration and geography have a (lesser) impact as well. Male Professors are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 65 percent of professionals. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Professors. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
$48,899 - $151,860
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49K
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MEDIAN: $86,798
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$15.63 - $68.39
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MEDIAN: $30
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$48,899 - $151,860  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,230  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $14,795  
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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$48,872 - $153,607  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,341
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Hourly Rate
$15.63 - $68.39  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $104.16  
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,230  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $14,795  
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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$48,872 - $153,607  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 65
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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 on average earn $145K per year. The most common promotion for Professors is Dean of Graduate Studies, a position that typically pays $106K annually. Another standard transition for Professors seeking advancement is to assume a College Department Chair role, where pay is often $74K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education


Dominating the field, University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Arizona State University (ASU), University of Minnesota, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), and University of Washington (UW) are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Professors. University of Southern California (USC) pays the most with a median salary of $156K, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $122K to a high of $323K. Other leaders in compensation levels are University of California, San Diego (UCSD) at $141K, Emory University at $140K, and Arizona State University (ASU), where Professors annually earn $138K.

Relative to other names in the field, compensation is very low at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) — the median salary comes to just $77K, less than half of the top paying employer's rate. Florida Agricultural and Mechanical (A&M) University (famu), San Diego State University (SDSU), and New York University (NYU) also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $90K, $95K, and $99K-paychecks on average.

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 39 percent, 37 percent, and 22 percent, respectively. Those listing Mathematica as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Counseling and Public Speaking also typically command lower compensation. It is often found that people who know Research Analysis are also skilled in Administration and Writing Procedures & Documentation. It is often found that people who know Oral / Verbal Communication are also skilled in 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 generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $68K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $56K. Professors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $88K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $100K.

Pay Difference by Location


Los Angeles is home to an above-average pay rate for Professors, 38 percent higher than the national average. Professors will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+29 percent), Philadelphia (+26 percent), Boston (+25 percent), and San Diego (+23 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Miami, 8 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Salaries



National Average
$87,000



Skills That Affect Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Salaries

Engineering Design
up arrow 39%





Statistical Analysis
up arrow 15%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 1%

Curriculum Planning
0%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
0%

National Average
$87,000

Research
up arrow 1%

Teaching
up arrow 11%

Online Education
up arrow 13%

Public Speaking
up arrow 14%

Counseling
up arrow 29%

Mathematica
up arrow 30%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 906 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
48%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 6%