Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Salary

Professors in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent close to four-fifths of Professors. Salaries average out to around $89K annually and spread from $50K to $158K per year. The company is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and tenure are driving factors as well. The majority of Professors (64 percent) who took the survey are men. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Professors. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$50,416 - $155,909
(Median)
$50K
$89K
$160K
MEDIAN: $89,005
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50%
90%

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$16.42 - $87.43
(Median)
$16
$34
$87
MEDIAN: $33.00
10%
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$50,416 - $155,909  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,408  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $15,205  
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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$50,219 - $158,271  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 3,505
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$16.42 - $87.43  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.03  
Overtime
$0.00 - $132.77  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,408  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $15,205  
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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$50,219 - $158,271  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 84
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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.

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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 $148K per year. A College Department Chair role is the most common promotion for Professors moving up the ladder. Pay for this role tends to be $77K per year. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Professors is a Dean of Graduate Studies position, where earnings are usually $107K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Professors include University of Minnesota, University of Washington (UW), Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and University of Southern California (USC). 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. Professors will also find cushy salaries at Arizona State University (ASU) (+$141K), Emory University (+$140K), and University of California, San Diego (UCSD) (+$139K).

Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) lags the field greatly in terms of pay, offering a median salary less than half of the top paying company's rate ($77K). Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Indiana University (IU), Bloomington ($90K), San Diego State University (SDSU) ($95K), and New York University (NYU) ($99K).

Popular Skills for Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Engineering Design, People Management, and Molecular Biology are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 36 percent, 33 percent, and 27 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 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.


Professors generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. 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 $88K. 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

National Average: $88,976

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

For Professors, busy Los Angeles offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 35 percent above the national average. Professors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+25 percent), Columbus (+25 percent), Boston (+21 percent), and Philadelphia (+19 percent). Professors in Dallas report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 22 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Below-median salaries also turn up in Miami and Houston (5 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Salaries


National Average
$89,000




Skills That Affect Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Salaries

Engineering Design
up arrow 36%

People Management
up arrow 33%



Statistical Analysis
up arrow 18%



Research
up arrow 8%

National Average
$89,000

Teaching
up arrow 3%




Public Speaking
up arrow 16%

Online Education
up arrow 17%

Mathematica
up arrow 31%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 703 votes.

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
50%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
medical benefits
Vision: 54%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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