Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Salary

Professors who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up more than three-quarters of Professors. Pay fluctuates from $49K to $154K per year, but expected earnings average $86K per year. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by the particular city and experience level. Men make up a slight majority of Professors (58 percent) who responded to the survey. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$49,618 - $152,340
$50K
$86K
$150K
MEDIAN: $85,697
10%
50%
90%

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$12.77 - $100.17
$13
$31
$100
MEDIAN: $30.78
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$49,618 - $152,340  
   
Bonus
$982 - $41,217  
Profit Sharing
$10,000  
Total Pay (?
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$49,207 - $153,960  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,833
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$12.77 - $100.17  
   
Overtime
$10.21 - $127.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$982 - $41,217  
   
Profit Sharing
$10,000  
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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$49,207 - $153,960  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 62

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education


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Professors who transition into a Chairman role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $149K per year. As Professors progress in their field, many go on to become College Department Chairs. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and median pay for the role is $80K. Another common career choice for Professors is to move into a Dean of Graduate Studies role — this promotion usually pays $107K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Professors include University of Washington (UW), Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), University of California, San Diego (UCSD), University of Southern California (USC), and Cornell University. North Carolina State University (NCSU) offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $161K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider University of Southern California (USC), Arizona State University (ASU), and Emory University, top-paying firms where Professors rake in a very impressive $156K, $141K, or $140K, respectively.

With a reported median salary of only $77K, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) easily takes the cake for lowest-paying firm in town; earnings are less than half of the top paying employer's rate. University of Florida (UF), Florida Agricultural and Mechanical (A&M) University (famu) and San Diego State University (SDSU) are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $89K, $90K, and $95K.

Popular Skills for Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Engineering Design, Research, and Statistical Analysis are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 42 percent, 29 percent, and 23 percent, respectively. Those listing Mathematica as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Online Education and Public Speaking also typically command lower compensation. Most people who know Research Analysis also know Administration and Writing Procedures & Documentation. Those educated in Oral / Verbal Communication tend to be well versed in Writing Procedures & Documentation and Administration.

Pay by Experience Level for Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education

Pay by Experience for a Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education has a positive trend. An entry-level Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 332 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $71,000 based on 272 salaries. An experienced Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $86,000 based on 723 salaries. A Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $99,000 based on 876 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $85,283

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Professors, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 52 percent greater than the national average. Professors will also find cushy salaries in Berkeley (+50 percent), Boston (+35 percent), Los Angeles (+24 percent), and Indianapolis (+22 percent). Houston is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 9 percent. Employers in Dallas and Baltimore also lean toward paying below-median salaries (6 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 236 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
49%
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Experience Affects Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Salaries

▲17%

▲1%

National Average
$85,000

▼17%

▼30%

Skills That Affect Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Salaries

Engineering Design
▲42%

▲29%

Statistical Analysis
▲23%



▲18%


Scientific Research
▲12%


National Average
$85,000




Online Education
▼13%

Public Speaking
▼13%

Mathematica
▼28%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 236 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
49%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 57%
no benefits
None: 7%
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