Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Salary

Professors in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent over three-fourths of Professors. Salaries average out to around $85K annually and spread from $49K to $154K per year. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the company, followed by geography and years of experience. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Men make up a slight majority of Professors (57 percent) who responded to the survey. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$49,585 - $151,941
$50K
$85K
$150K
MEDIAN: $84,589
10%
50%
90%

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$12.02 - $90.68
$12
$31
$91
MEDIAN: $31.21
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50%
90%

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$0$153K
Salary $49,585 - $151,941
Bonus $206.08 - $38,783
Profit Sharing $6,500
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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$49,162 - $153,181
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 4 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,773
Hourly Data $0$206
Hourly Rate $12.02 - $90.68
Hourly Tips $3.57
Overtime $14.54 - $206.08
Annual Data $0$153K
Bonus $206.08 - $38,783
Profit Sharing $6,500
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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$49,162 - $153,181
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 4 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 55

Job Description for Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education

The job of a professor at the postsecondary or higher education level involves not only lecturing and teaching students in the classroom, but working with them to develop research, dissertations, or thesis-based papers as well. A professor also must be able to perform research, collect and analyze data, and examine original documents, literature, and other source material.

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Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Tasks

  • Perform research to expand knowledge by performing experiments, collecting and analyzing data, or examining original documents, literature, and other source material.
  • Keep up with developments in an academic field.
  • Supervise graduate students' teaching and research.
  • Publish research findings.
  • Prepare lectures, exercises and laboratory experiments; grade exams and papers; advise and work with students individually.

Common Career Paths for Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education


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At the upper end, Professors who move into a Chairman role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Chairmans is a much higher $149K per year. Given that the median pay is $80K, it may be surprising to find that a College Department Chair is the most common role for Professors to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Dean of Graduate Studies role — which pays $107K — is also typical for Professors, though less common by comparison.

Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education


University of Washington (UW), Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), University of California, San Diego (UCSD), University of Southern California (USC), and Cornell University are top-notch employers for Professors in this area. Professors flock to North Carolina State University (NCSU) for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $161K lead the pack in compensation. University of Southern California (USC), Arizona State University (ASU), and Emory University also offer top salaries for Professors. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $156K, $141K, and $140K, respectively.

With a median employee salary of $77K, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) pays significantly less than its competitors (less than half of the top paying company's rate). Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at University of Florida (UF) ($89K), Florida Agricultural and Mechanical (A&M) University (famu) ($90K), and San Diego State University (SDSU) ($95K).

Popular Skills for Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education


Professors seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Engineering Design, Research, and Statistical Analysis are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 42 percent, 29 percent, and 23 percent, respectively. Those listing Mathematica as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Online Education and Public Speaking also typically command lower compensation. It is often found that people who know Oral / Verbal Communication are also skilled in Writing Procedures & Documentation and Administration. Those proficient in Research Analysis are, more often than not, also skilled in Administration and Writing Procedures & Documentation.

Pay by Experience Level for Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education

Pay by Experience for a Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education has a positive trend. An entry-level Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 332 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A 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 $71,000 based on 272 salaries. An experienced Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $86,000 based on 723 salaries. A 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 $99,000 based on 876 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $84,492

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

For Professors, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Professors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Berkeley (+50 percent), Boston (+35 percent), Los Angeles (+25 percent), and Indianapolis (+22 percent). With compensation 9 percent below the national average, Houston is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Dallas (6 percent lower) and Baltimore (4 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 262 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
49%

Experience Affects Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Salaries

▲18%

▲2%

National Average
$84,000

▼16%

▼29%

Skills That Affect Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Salaries

Engineering Design
▲43%

▲30%

Statistical Analysis
▲24%



▲19%


Scientific Research
▲13%


National Average
$84,000




Public Speaking
▼12%

Online Education
▼13%

Mathematica
▼28%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 262 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
49%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 57%
no benefits
None: 7%