Earnings for College and University Teachers in the United States come in at around $49K per year on average. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although just under a fourth lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and one-half get dental coverage, too. For the most part, College and University Teachers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Female College and University Teachers are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (62 percent) are women. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$29,106 - $78,509
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$29K
$49K
$79K
MEDIAN: $48,538
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$17.06 - $53.72
(Median)
$17
$25
$54
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$29,106 - $78,509  
   
Bonus
$500  
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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$29,692 - $85,424  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 303
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$17.06 - $53.72  
   
Overtime
$32.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$500  
   
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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$29,692 - $85,424  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 68
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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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As College and University Teachers transition into upper-level roles such as Professor, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Professors earn $79K on average per year. Typical career progression for a College or University Teacher involves becoming an Assistant Professor or an Associate Professor, roles that pay $9K more and $20K more on average.

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

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


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $43K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $50K. On average, College and University Teachers make $53K following one to two decades on the job. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $51K.

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Experience Affects Teacher College/University (Unknown Type) Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 8%

Late-Career
up arrow 4%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$49,000


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

Graphic Design
up arrow 28%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 12%

Online Education
0%

National Average
$49,000

Mathematica
up arrow 4%


Public Speaking
up arrow 18%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 27%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
medical benefits
Vision: 40%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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