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Teacher College/University (Unknown Type) Salary

College and University Teachers in the United States can expect wages of $46K per year on average. The pay spectrum stretches from $30K to $80K per year. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 58 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — nearly one in four lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and over one-half receive dental plans. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
$28,983 - $71,288
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46K
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71K
MEDIAN: $46,358
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$16.20 - $55.02
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MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$28,983 - $71,288  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,400  
Total Pay (?
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$30,171 - $79,653  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 619
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$16.20 - $55.02  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $73.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,400  
   
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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$30,171 - $79,653  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 129
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Job Description for Teacher College/University (Unknown Type)

Teachers at colleges and universities (unknown type) serve as leaders and instructors for a wide variety of students. They must develop lesson plans and deliver lectures and lessons to their students. When not instructing, their days (and often evenings) consist of grading and reviewing papers, exams, and tests. They may also use their time outside of class for research and other academic work. Teachers at colleges and universities work with other instructors on committees, research, and brainstorming teaching techniques as well. They generally report to their departmental dean. Teachers at colleges and universities usually work exclusively indoors unless it is deemed necessary for a class or lecture to be held outside due to its theme or requirements for understanding. They may work full time or part time, with day and/or evening hours required depending on the needs of the position.

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Teacher College/University (Unknown Type) Tasks

  • Conduct research—review literature, conduct experiments—and come to conclusions that expand knowledge in their field; publish findings in academic journals and books.
  • Design syllabus; prepare and lead discussions, lectures, tests and assignments; grade assignments and provide students with timely feedback.
  • Teach one or more classes of varying sizes and levels.
  • Attend administrative meetings with other faculty to deal with policy and department matters, including: budget, hiring and student organizations.

Common Career Paths for Teacher College/University (Unknown Type)


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At the upper end, College and University Teachers who move into a Professor role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Professors is $78K per year. College and University Teachers moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Assistant Professors or Associate Professors. The median paychecks in those roles are $8K higher and $19K higher, respectively.

Teacher College/University (Unknown Type) Job Listings

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College and University Teachers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Graphic Design and Oral / Verbal Communication are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 30 percent and 14 percent, respectively. Writing Procedures & Documentation and Public Speaking as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. Many workers who know English Language also know Online Education.

Pay by Experience Level for Teacher College/University (Unknown Type)

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


For College and University Teachers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $44K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $48K on average. On average, College and University Teachers make $52K following one to two decades on the job. After two decades in the workforce, the average College or University Teacher generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $58K.

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Experience Affects Teacher College/University (Unknown Type) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$48,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Teacher College/University (Unknown Type) Salaries

Graphic Design
up arrow 30%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 14%

Online Education
up arrow 3%

English Language
up arrow 2%

National Average
$48,000

Mathematica
up arrow 2%

Public Speaking
up arrow 17%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 27%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 216 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 27%