$30,080
Avg. Salary
$38.02
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$1,000

Profit Sharing

$2,500

The average pay for an Adjunct Professor is $38.02 per hour.

The average pay for an Adjunct Professor is $30,080 per year.

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MEDIAN $38
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MEDIAN $30,080
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$0$104K
Salary $12,295 - $69,216
Bonus $0.00 - $5,152
Profit Sharing $2,500
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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$14,378 - $104,741
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,252
Hourly Data $0$83
Hourly Rate $19.57 - $70.54
Overtime $0.21 - $83.05
Annual Data $0$104K
Bonus $0.00 - $5,152
Profit Sharing $2,500
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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$14,378 - $104,741
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 676

Job Description for Adjunct Professor

Adjunct professors serve as instructors and/or researchers for the institution at which they teach. Most often, adjunct professors are not full-time professors seeking a tenured position at a university. Rather, they are typically professionals working in a particular field who have part-time professor status teaching within that same field at a university; universities benefit because these professors have real-world experience working in the field and do not require the same employment benefits of full-time professors.

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Adjunct Professor Tasks

  • Teach on a contractual basis at one or more colleges.
  • Grade assignments and provide students with timely feedback.
  • Develop the syllabus and prepare and lead discussions, lectures, tests, and assignments.

Popular Employer Salaries for Adjunct Professor


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Adjunct Professors include Brown Mackie College, ITT Technical Institute, Grand Canyon University, ECPI College of Technology, and University of Cincinnati (UC). For Adjunct Professors, comfortable salaries can be found at ECPI College of Technology; in fact, median earnings sit around $51K, the highest in the area.

Common Career Paths for Adjunct Professor


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Adjunct Professors who advance into the role of a College Department Chair are fairly uncommon. College Department Chairs on average earn $80K per year. Assistant Professors or Associate Professors are common next-step roles for Adjunct Professors moving up in their careers; annual pay for Assistant Professors is $15K higher on average, and it's $26K higher for Associate Professors.

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Popular Skills for Adjunct Professor


Adjunct Professors seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with Spanish Language, Masters degree, and Curriculum Planning are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 116 percent, 62 percent, and 50 percent, respectively. Those listing Teaching as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Public Speaking and Design also typically command lower compensation. Those proficient in English Language are, more often than not, also skilled in Teaching.

Pay by Experience Level for Adjunct Professor

Pay by Experience for an Adjunct Professor has a positive trend. An entry-level Adjunct Professor with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 587 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Adjunct Professor with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 316 salaries. An experienced Adjunct Professor which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 322 salaries. An Adjunct Professor with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $54,000 based on 198 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

50%

32%

25%

-16%

National Average: $41,724

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Adjunct Professor Advice

Q: What is it like working as an Adjunct Professor?

Adjunct Professor in Houston, Texas:
"That disability could hinder a promotion to full-time work."
You will earn very little.

Adjunct Professor in Pocatello:
"The job of Adjunct Professor is one without decent pay."
Check the school's policies and benefits before taking the job.

Adjunct Professor in Santa Clara:
"Pursue a doctorate."
Be prepared to be challenged. Focus at first on the topics you have mastered. Each night will be a night of study preparing for class the next day.

Adjunct Professor in Kent:
Spend as little time as possible on course development and as much time as possible on student interaction.

Adjunct Professor in Chicago:
"Adjunct Professor Reflection."
Pros: I have schedule flexibility and the students are great to work with. The material is inline with my passion.
Cons: The pay is horrible and I can't live off it. I don't have any job security or benefits.

Adjunct Professor in Greenville:
"The basics in software."
Be organized. Enjoy the freedom. Try to instill interest in the short time you have with your students by sharing your experience in the real world.

Adjunct Professor in Los Angeles:
"Learn How To Teach."
Teaching is the main task you will be doing as a Ph.D. In the future, NOT research, so get some training in teaching. Join associations like the National Science Teacher Association.

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Key Stats for Adjunct Professor

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 200 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
18%

Experience Affects Adjunct Professor Salaries

▲30%

▲17%

National Average
$42,000

▼1%

▼2%

Skills That Affect Adjunct Professor Salaries

Spanish Language
▲122%

Masters degree
▲67%

Curriculum Planning
▲55%


Graphic Design
▲12%

National Average
$42,000



Adobe Photoshop
▼9%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
▼13%

Design
▼21%

Public Speaking
▼33%

▼36%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 200 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 23%
dental benefits
Dental: 15%
vision benefits
Vision: 13%
no benefits
None: 76%