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Adjunct Instructor Careers

As an adjunct instructor, your goal is to impart your wisdom onto students. While also being in charge of coming up with a syllabus for your class, holding office hours and grading their papers. We should note that adjunct instructors aren't full-time. And you probably shouldn't expect the same benefits that are accosted to professors.

Adjunct Instructors are hired on a contractual basis, meaning it's a nice way to make a little extra money but probably shouldn't be your only gig. If your goal is to become a full-time professor in the future, then this is definitely the right stepping stone on that path. If nothing else, you'll at least be able to work on your public speaking. We don't have to tell you how handy that can come in.

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being an adjunct instructor. For example, did you know that they make an average of $33.04 an hour? That's $68,713 a year!

Between 2018 and 2028, the career is expected to grow -1% and produce -1,800 job opportunities across the U.S.

What Does an Adjunct Instructor Do

There are certain skills that many adjunct instructors have in order to accomplish their responsibilities. By taking a look through resumes, we were able to narrow down the most common skills for a person in this position. We discovered that a lot of resumes listed interpersonal skills, speaking skills and writing skills.

When it comes to the most important skills required to be an adjunct instructor, we found that a lot of resumes listed 11.0% of adjunct instructors included student learning, while 8.0% of resumes included procedures, and 7.3% of resumes included professional development. Hard skills like these are helpful to have when it comes to performing essential job responsibilities.

When it comes to searching for a job, many search for a key term or phrase. Instead, it might be more helpful to search by industry, as you might be missing jobs that you never thought about in industries that you didn't even think offered positions related to the adjunct instructor job title. But what industry to start with? Most adjunct instructors actually find jobs in the education and hospitality industries.

How To Become an Adjunct Instructor

If you're interested in becoming an adjunct instructor, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 47.3% of adjunct instructors have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 29.0% of adjunct instructors have master's degrees. Even though most adjunct instructors have a college degree, it's possible to become one with only a high school degree or GED.

Choosing the right major is always an important step when researching how to become an adjunct instructor. When we researched the most common majors for an adjunct instructor, we found that they most commonly earn bachelor's degree degrees or master's degree degrees. Other degrees that we often see on adjunct instructor resumes include associate degree degrees or doctoral degree degrees.

You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become an adjunct instructor. In fact, many adjunct instructor jobs require experience in a role such as instructor. Meanwhile, many adjunct instructors also have previous career experience in roles such as teacher or internship.

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Average Salary
$68,713
Average Salary
Job Growth Rate
-1%
Job Growth Rate
Job Openings
20,168
Job Openings

Adjunct Instructor Career Paths

Top Careers Before Adjunct Instructor

Teacher
12.3 %

Top Careers After Adjunct Instructor

Teacher
11.4 %

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Average Salary for an Adjunct Instructor

Adjunct Instructors in America make an average salary of $68,713 per year or $33 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $137,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $34,000 per year.
Average Salary
$68,713

Best Paying Cities

City
ascdesc
Average Salarydesc
Urban Honolulu, HI
Salary Range80k - 122k$99k$99,416
San Francisco, CA
Salary Range64k - 128k$91k$90,857
New York, NY
Salary Range57k - 129k$86k$86,383
Newark, NJ
Salary Range57k - 128k$86k$85,989
Bellingham, WA
Salary Range55k - 106k$77k$76,730
West Hartford, CT
Salary Range49k - 114k$76k$75,610
$35k
$129k

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$62,61003/31/2021
$62,610
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Carteret Community College
Carteret Community College
03/28/2021
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$57,81003/28/2021
$57,810
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Louisiana Delta Community College
Louisiana Delta Community College
03/23/2021
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$62,61003/23/2021
$62,610
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Los Angeles Trade Technical College
Los Angeles Trade Technical College
03/23/2021
03/23/2021
$145,98603/23/2021
$145,986
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Western Technical College
Western Technical College
03/21/2021
03/21/2021
$77,21903/21/2021
$77,219
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Adjunct Instructor Resumes

Designing and figuring out what to include on your resume can be tough, not to mention time-consuming. That's why we put together a guide that is designed to help you craft the perfect resume for becoming an Adjunct Instructor. If you're needing extra inspiration, take a look through our selection of templates that are specific to your job.

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At Zippia, we went through countless Adjunct Instructor resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Adjunct Instructor Demographics

Gender

female

52.6 %

male

42.9 %

unknown

4.5 %

Ethnicity

White

63.6 %

Hispanic or Latino

13.1 %

Black or African American

11.6 %

Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

45.1 %

French

14.5 %

German

7.6 %
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Adjunct Instructor Education

Majors

Business
15.0 %
English
9.1 %
Nursing
8.1 %

Degrees

Bachelors

47.3 %

Masters

29.0 %

Associate

10.0 %

Top Colleges for Adjunct Instructors

1. University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA • Private

In-State Tuition
$55,584
Enrollment
10,764

2. University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA • Private

In-State Tuition
$56,225
Enrollment
19,548

3. University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, MI • Public

In-State Tuition
$15,262
Enrollment
30,079

4. Stanford University

Stanford, CA • Private

In-State Tuition
$51,354
Enrollment
7,083

5. University of Virginia

Charlottesville, VA • Public

In-State Tuition
$17,653
Enrollment
16,405

6. Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA • Public

In-State Tuition
$18,454
Enrollment
40,108

7. New York University

New York, NY • Private

In-State Tuition
$51,828
Enrollment
26,339

8. California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, CA • Public

In-State Tuition
$9,816
Enrollment
21,047

9. Purdue University

West Lafayette, IN • Public

In-State Tuition
$9,992
Enrollment
33,495

10. University of Florida

Gainesville, FL • Public

In-State Tuition
$6,381
Enrollment
34,564
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Top Skills For an Adjunct Instructor

The skills section on your resume can be almost as important as the experience section, so you want it to be an accurate portrayal of what you can do. Luckily, we've found all of the skills you'll need so even if you don't have these skills yet, you know what you need to work on. Out of all the resumes we looked through, 11.0% of adjunct instructors listed student learning on their resume, but soft skills such as interpersonal skills and speaking skills are important as well.

  • Student Learning, 11.0%
  • Procedures, 8.0%
  • Professional Development, 7.3%
  • Classroom Management, 6.5%
  • Student Records, 5.9%
  • Other Skills, 61.3%
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Best States For an Adjunct Instructor

Some places are better than others when it comes to starting a career as an adjunct instructor. The best states for people in this position are Hawaii, California, New York, and New Jersey. Adjunct instructors make the most in Hawaii with an average salary of $99,121. Whereas in California and New York, they would average $86,462 and $85,267, respectively. While adjunct instructors would only make an average of $84,726 in New Jersey, you would still make more there than in the rest of the country. We determined these as the best states based on job availability and pay. By finding the median salary, cost of living, and using the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Location Quotient, we narrowed down our list of states to these four.

1. New York

Total Adjunct Instructor Jobs:
1,573
Highest 10% Earn:
$166,000
Location Quotient:
1.58
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

2. New Jersey

Total Adjunct Instructor Jobs:
753
Highest 10% Earn:
$165,000
Location Quotient:
1.22
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

3. Vermont

Total Adjunct Instructor Jobs:
69
Highest 10% Earn:
$159,000
Location Quotient:
1.16
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here
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Top Adjunct Instructor Employers

1. Brown Mackie College
4.4
Avg. Salary: 
$63,131
Adjunct Instructors Hired: 
293+
2. Ivy Tech Community College
4.6
Avg. Salary: 
$60,116
Adjunct Instructors Hired: 
293+
3. Virginia College
3.9
Avg. Salary: 
$66,736
Adjunct Instructors Hired: 
274+
4. New York University
4.7
Avg. Salary: 
$60,626
Adjunct Instructors Hired: 
193+
5. Bryant & Stratton College
4.4
Avg. Salary: 
$60,498
Adjunct Instructors Hired: 
165+
6. Redstone College
4.3
Avg. Salary: 
$67,559
Adjunct Instructors Hired: 
135+

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Updated October 2, 2020