Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Salary

Pay for Assistant Professors in the United States sits in the ballpark of $65K annually. The particular firm is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and tenure are driving factors as well. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Assistant Professors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 52 percent.

$48,276 - $100,282
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MEDIAN: $65,341
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$15.38 - $75.50
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$0$101K
Salary $48,276 - $100,282
Bonus $970 - $20,729
Profit Sharing $10,000
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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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$48,214 - $101,567
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,920
Hourly Data $0$103
Hourly Rate $15.38 - $75.50
Overtime $26.76 - $103.04
Annual Data $0$101K
Bonus $970 - $20,729
Profit Sharing $10,000
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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$48,214 - $101,567
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 48

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Job Description for Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education

Assistant Professor, Postsecondary/Higher Education Job Description

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Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Tasks

  • Advise and mentor students.
  • Teach courses in a specific field.
  • Develop and modify curriculum in coordination with committees.

Common Career Paths for Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education


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As Assistant Professors transition into upper-level roles such as Psychiatrist, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Psychiatrists earn $170K on average per year. Career advancement for the typical Assistant Professor often leads to becoming an Associate Professor or a Professor; median salaries in these positions are $4K higher and $13K higher, respectively.

Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education


Assistant Professors fill the offices of leading firms City University of New York (CUNY), South University, University of Cincinnati (UC), New York University (NYU), and University Of Notre Dame. Ohio State University (OSU) offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $91K. Assistant Professors will also find cushy salaries at New York University (NYU) (+$88K), Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) (+$83K), and University of Southern California (USC) (+$83K).

South University pays significantly less than other places with a median salary of $46K, about half the top paying employer's rate. A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include George Mason University ($62K), University of Cincinnati (UC) ($63K), and University of Kentucky (UK) ($68K).

Popular Skills for Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education


Assistant Professors seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Clinical Research, Molecular Biology, Data Analysis, and Clinical Education are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 16 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Oral / Verbal Communication, Counseling, and Course Design. Most people skilled in Grant Writing are similarly competent in Data Analysis and Oral / Verbal Communication.

Pay by Experience Level for Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education

Pay by Experience for an Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education has a negative trend. An entry-level Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $65,000 based on 1,553 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $65,000 based on 909 salaries. An experienced Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $67,000 based on 586 salaries. An Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 246 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $65,583

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Assistant Professors in Baltimore enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 31 percent above the national average. Assistant Professors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+27 percent), Boston (+24 percent), Los Angeles (+18 percent), and New York (+16 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Columbia, 11 percent below the national average. Employers in St. Louis and Pittsburgh also lean toward paying below-median salaries (8 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education?

Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education in Iowa City:
"Self-directed and flexible."
Pros: I love that I serve as my own boss. Besides my teaching assignments, I direct my own schedule for writing, researching, and meeting with people. I enjoy that my work schedule is flexible and that the atmosphere is casual.
Cons: Despite a 9-month contract, I work full-time in the summer. I do so because of the pressure to publish and secure funding. My position carries a fair amount of stress. As a top-tier research institution, my university pays me approx $4,000 below the average. Worse, salaries and raises differ wildly based on the professor's home department and college. Finally, my university offers zero maternity leave.

Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education in Greensburg:
Pros: Work from home often. Teach on campus two days/week about interesting things. Get to go on research and conference trips of my own choosing and design.
Cons: The commute is not great. I would like to be paid more. I would like to teach less and research more.

Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education in Columbia:
"Stressful, Overwhelmed, Too Many Deadlines."
Pros: Working with students.
Cons: The ever increasing workload with no increase in salary and impossible deadlines. Lack of full-time assistant.

Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education in Riverside:
"Great To Inspire New Leaders And Share From My Own Experience."
Pros: Ability to make a difference with students. Great colleagues to collaborate with and pursue joint research and work. Time to think.
Cons: Pressure to get enrollment up. Lack of funding to keep up facilities. Slow response by administration to needs of the department.

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Key Stats for Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 314 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Salaries

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National Average
$66,000

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Skills That Affect Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 314 votes.

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
no benefits
None: 7%
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