Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Salary

The majority of Professors in the United States — about four in five — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $50K to $155K per year, and the median is $88K annually. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and experience level. Men make up the majority of Professors (64 percent) survey respondents. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and more than half earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$49,681 - $153,513

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$17.00 - $71.88

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$49,681 - $153,513  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,795  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $14,899  
Total Pay (?
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$49,624 - $155,227  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,319
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Hourly Rate
$17.00 - $71.88  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $110.74  
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,795  
   
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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$49,624 - $155,227  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 74
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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 $148K on average per year. The most common career progression for Professors leads to becoming a Dean of Graduate Studies, where average pay is $107K annually. However, many Professors also opt to become College Department Chairs. Typically, a College Department Chair brings home $76K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Professors include University of Minnesota, University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), University of Southern California (USC), and University of Washington (UW). The biggest paychecks can be found at University of Southern California (USC) — the median salary there is $156K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $109K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $325K. Soaring salaries can also be found at University of Washington (UW), Arizona State University (ASU), and Emory University, where earnings of $141K, $141K, or $140K are standard for Professors.

Earnings fall especially short at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), where the median salary of $77K is the lowest in the field, less than half of the top paying company's rate. Florida Agricultural and Mechanical (A&M) University (famu), San Diego State University (SDSU) and New York University (NYU) are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $90K, $95K, and $99K.

Popular Skills for Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, facility with Engineering Design, Molecular Biology, and Clinical Research are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 37 percent, 32 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. Most people experienced in Oral / Verbal Communication also know Writing Procedures & Documentation and Administration. Most people skilled in Research Analysis are similarly competent 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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Professors. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $70K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $59K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Professors make a median salary of $87K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $101K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


For Professors, busy Los Angeles offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 37 percent above the national average. Professors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+31 percent), Philadelphia (+26 percent), Boston (+25 percent), and Columbus (+23 percent). Savannah is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 19 percent. Employers also pay below the national average in Miami (10 percent lower) and Houston (9 percent lower).

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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 37%



Statistical Analysis
up arrow 19%



National Average
$88,000

Research
up arrow 3%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 4%



Teaching
up arrow 7%

Online Education
up arrow 16%

Public Speaking
up arrow 16%

Counseling
up arrow 30%

Mathematica
up arrow 31%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 713 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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