Provosts in the United States take home approximately $149K per year on average. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Making up 72 percent of those who took the survey, male Provosts greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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.Read More...
Provosts should have exceptional knowledge of each department of their university and be able to solve a variety of on-campus problems which may arise. Candidates for this position should have excellent leadership skills and be able to plan, execute, and deliver on their plans and ideas for the university. Provosts must have excellent written and verbal communication skills and be organized, good listeners, able to handle stress, and able to multitask.
Those in this position should also work well with people of different cultures, races, and diverse backgrounds and treat everyone with equal respect. Most provosts are required to have a master's degree in an educational field, though a doctorate degree is often preferred by employers. Provosts must also have had a tenure as a professor in an academic department of their college.
- 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.
Annually raking in $116K, the average professional in this position sees a six-figure salary within the first five years. Provosts claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $162K. For some reason, Provosts with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $150K.