Provost Salary

Average Provosts in the United States make around $140K annually. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. More than half of Provosts (67 percent) survey respondents are men. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$87,465 - $220,660
MEDIAN: $140,000

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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 79
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Job Description for Provost

Provosts are known as the senior academic administrators in many colleges and universities. They are often in charge of overseeing the planning and development of educational programs provided by the college and also ensure that academic integrity is upheld by providing leadership, guidance, and advocacy for student affairs. Many provosts are also responsible for the allocation of funds to various departments.


Provost Tasks

  • Chair academic councils and committees and work with external partners.
  • Manage departmental and organizational budgets.
  • Hire and oversee staff.
  • Review data, set goals, and identify strategies to reach those goals.
  • Represent the organization and its students.

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Pay by Experience Level for Provost

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

For Provosts, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Salaries can reach six figures almost right off the bat; beginning workers who have less than five years' experience bring in a median of $116K per year. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $146K. Provosts who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are no higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years.

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Experience Affects Provost Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 3 votes.


33 %
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
medical benefits
Vision: 82%
dental benefits
None: 5%