Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Salary

Professors who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up nearly four-fifths of Professors. Pay fluctuates from $50K to $155K per year, but expected earnings average $88K per year. The particular firm is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and years of experience are driving factors as well. Most Professors report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 64 percent of Professors are male. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$49,589 - $153,600
(Median)
$50K
$88K
$150K
MEDIAN: $88,175
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$16.94 - $72.72
(Median)
$17
$33
$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
$49,589 - $153,600  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,665  
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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$49,525 - $155,297  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,319
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$16.94 - $72.72  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $110.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,665  
   
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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$49,525 - $155,297  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 73
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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. The most common promotion for Professors is Dean of Graduate Studies, a position that typically pays $107K annually. Another standard transition for Professors seeking advancement is to assume a College Department Chair role, where pay is often $75K.

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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 among the top companies that take on many Professors. Although University of Southern California (USC) boasts the highest average salary in town at $156K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $109K or as much as $325K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Arizona State University (ASU), University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and University of Washington (UW), top-paying firms where Professors rake in a massive $146K, $141K, or $141K, respectively.

Known for its small paychecks, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) actually ranks last in the field for salary, reporting a median income of $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) are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($90K, $95K, and $99K respectively).

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, 35 percent, and 24 percent, respectively. Those listing Mathematica as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Counseling and Online Education also typically command lower compensation. A tool kit that includes Research Analysis also typically contains Administration and Writing Procedures & Documentation. Those proficient in Oral / Verbal Communication are, more often than not, 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.


For many Professors, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $70K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $58K. Professors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $87K. 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


For those looking to make money, Professors in Los Angeles enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 37 percent above the national average. Professors will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+28 percent), Philadelphia (+26 percent), Boston (+26 percent), and Columbus (+23 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Savannah, 19 percent below the national average. Workers in Miami and Houston earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (9 percent less).

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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

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 3%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 4%


Research
up arrow 5%

Teaching
up arrow 10%

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 739 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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