Teacher College/University (Unknown Type) Salary

Median pay for College and University Teachers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $48K annually. Earnings generally vary between $30K and $81K per year. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Women make up a slight majority of College and University Teachers (58 percent) survey respondents. Health benefits are not claimed by all — nearly one in four lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and slightly more than half have dental, too. The majority of College and University Teachers claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$29,598 - $74,437
(Median)
$30K
$48K
$74K
MEDIAN: $47,527
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90%

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$15.97 - $57.30
(Median)
$16
$26
$57
MEDIAN: $25.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$29,598 - $74,437  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,360  
Profit Sharing
$3,444  
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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$30,437 - $81,057  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 547
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$15.97 - $57.30  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $77.27  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,360  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,444  
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).
)
$30,437 - $81,057  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 111
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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 a much higher $79K per year. The most common next step for a College or University Teacher is to become an Assistant Professor or an Associate Professor. The former position pays an additional $8K per year on average, and the latter position pays $20K more per year.

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Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, facility with Graphic Design and Oral / Verbal Communication are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent and 12 percent, respectively. Those listing Writing Procedures & Documentation as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Public Speaking and Mathematica also typically command lower compensation. English Language and Online Education are also commonly seen together.

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. The average beginner in this position makes around $44K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $50K. College and University Teachers bring in $53K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $56K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Experience Affects Teacher College/University (Unknown Type) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$49,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

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

Graphic Design
up arrow 28%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 12%

National Average
$49,000

English Language
up arrow 3%

Online Education
up arrow 3%

Mathematica
up arrow 4%

Public Speaking
up arrow 18%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 28%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 131 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
medical benefits
Vision: 41%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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