$85,855
Avg. Salary
$34.03
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$5,110

Profit Sharing

$6,000

Commission

$385,000

The average pay for a Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education is $34.03 per hour.

The average pay for a Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education is $85,855 per year.

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MEDIAN $85,855
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$0$385K
Salary $50,225 - $155,950
Bonus $505 - $39,594
Profit Sharing $873 - $20,608
Commission $385,000
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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$49,901 - $158,716
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 5 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 3,285
Hourly Data $0$170
Hourly Rate $12.96 - $100
Hourly Tips $3.57
Overtime $11.84 - $170
Annual Data $0$385K
Bonus $505 - $39,594
Commission $385,000
Profit Sharing $873 - $20,608
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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$49,901 - $158,716
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 5 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 103

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 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: $85,961

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).

Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Reviews

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

Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education in Corpus Christi:
Pros: Good weather and a vibrant community.
Cons: Too conservative politically.

Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education in Houston:
"Depth of politics."
Learn the depth of politics earlier.

Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education in Cerritos:
"Full time positions are limited."
Obtain a Ph.D instead of an Ed.D.

Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education in Long Beach:
"All colleges/universities are different."
Don't expect that the college you will work at will be like the one that you attended. Not only were you not aware of everything that your Professors did or were responsible for, all schools have different levels of pay, infrastructure support, graduate assistantships to help you in class, grading or research, comeradery, teaching/research/committe balance, etc.

Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education in Fairfield:
"Prepare."
Prepare, organize, and plan.

Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education in New York:
"Persistent."
Be persistent in what you want to pursue. Don't give up easily. When you first do not succeed, keep trying.

Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education in North Brunswick:
"The more things change, the more things change."
Beware the Peter Principle.

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Key Stats for Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 440 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
49%

Experience Affects Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Salaries

▲16%

▼0%

National Average
$86,000

▼17%

▼31%

Skills That Affect Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Salaries

Engineering Design
▲41%

▲28%

Statistical Analysis
▲22%



▲17%


Scientific Research
▲11%


National Average
$86,000




Public Speaking
▼13%

Online Education
▼14%

Mathematica
▼29%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 440 votes.

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
49%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 57%
no benefits
None: 8%