With over three-fourths of Professors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $49K to $154K per year and averages out to $84K annually. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the particular firm, though geography and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Most Professors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Professors making up 57 percent of survey respondents. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$49,774 - $152,017
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$50K
$84K
$150K
MEDIAN: $84,157
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$14.44 - $99.50
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$14
$32
$99
MEDIAN: $32.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$49,774 - $152,017  
   
Bonus
$991 - $50,167  
Profit Sharing
$10,000  
Total Pay (?
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$49,478 - $153,564  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,916
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$0$60$120$180
Hourly Rate
$14.44 - $99.50  
   
Overtime
$12.37 - $164.83  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$120K$240K$360K
Bonus
$991 - $50,167  
   
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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$49,478 - $153,564  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 64
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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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While Professors do not often become Chairmans, the job pays $149K per year on average. Becoming a College Department Chair is, more often than not, the most common role that Professors move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. A median salary for a College Department Chair is $80K. Another frequent advance is for Professors to assume a Dean of Graduate Studies role; in this role, workers often take home $107K.

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Many Professors can be found at 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, firms that are at the top of the field. Although University of Southern California (USC) leads the field in pay with a median salary of $156K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $109K on the low end all the way up to $325K at the top. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Arizona State University (ASU), Emory University, and University of California, San Diego (UCSD), where Professors typically earn around $141K, $140K, or $139K, 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 company's rate. Employees at University of Florida (UF), Florida Agricultural and Mechanical (A&M) University (famu), and San Diego State University (SDSU) can also expect below-average earnings of $89K, $90K, and $95K.

Popular Skills for Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education


Professors report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Engineering Design, Clinical Research, and Research are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 44 percent, 42 percent, and 31 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. Those proficient in Research Analysis are, more often than not, also skilled in 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

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Professors with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Professors in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $60K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $69K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Professors make a median salary of $85K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $99K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $83,903

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

Raleigh is home to an above-average pay rate for Professors, 41 percent higher than the national average. Professors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+40 percent), Los Angeles (+29 percent), Seattle (+25 percent), and Philadelphia (+22 percent). The lowest-paying market is Fort Lauderdale, which sits 20 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Dallas and Houston are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 8 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Salaries



National Average
$84,000



Skills That Affect Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Salaries

Engineering Design
up arrow 44%


Research
up arrow 31%

Statistical Analysis
up arrow 25%


Teaching
up arrow 19%


Scientific Research
up arrow 14%


National Average
$84,000

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 4%



Public Speaking
up arrow 11%

Online Education
up arrow 12%

Mathematica
up arrow 27%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 231 votes.

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
48%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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