Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for adjunct professors in the United States. Our estimates are verified against BLS, Census, and current job openings data for accuracy. After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 476,445 adjunct professors currently employed in the United States.
  • 48.5% of all adjunct professors are women, while 51.5% are men.
  • The average age of an employed adjunct professor is 46 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of adjunct professors is White (66.4%), followed by Asian (11.3%), Hispanic or Latino (10.1%) and Black or African American (7.0%).
  • Adjunct professors are most in-demand in Phoenix, AZ.
  • The education industry is the highest-paying for adjunct professors.
  • 16% of all adjunct professors are LGBT.

Adjunct Professor Statistics By Gender

48.5% of adjunct professors are women and 51.5% of adjunct professors are men.

  • Male, 51.5%
  • Female, 48.5%

Adjunct Professors By Gender

GenderPercentages
Male51.5%
Female48.5%

Gender Pay Gap For Adjunct Professor

Women Earn 93¢ For Every $1 Earned By Men

male-income
Male Income
$86,506
female-income
Female Income
$80,415

Adjunct Professor Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the adjunct professor position over time.

Male
Female
100%
80%
60%
40%
20%
0%
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021

Adjunct Professor Gender By Year

YearMaleFemale
201052.17%47.83%
201152.70%47.30%
201252.37%47.63%
201351.94%48.06%
201450.81%49.19%
201551.65%48.35%
201651.31%48.69%
201751.91%48.09%
201851.32%48.68%
201950.90%49.10%
202050.24%49.76%
202151.54%48.46%

Adjunct Professor Male to Female Ratio

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, hvac/r instructor and assistant professor of air conditioning and refrigeration have the biggest difference in gender.

Job TitleMaleFemale
Aesthetics Instructor8%92%
Cosmetology Instructor9%91%
Adjunct Nursing Faculty9%91%
Adjunct Professor52%48%
Diesel Technology Instructor97%3%
Assistant Professor Of Air Conditioning And Refrigeration97%3%
Hvac/R Instructor97%3%

Adjunct Professor Statistics By Race

The most common ethnicity among adjunct professors is White, which makes up 66.4% of all adjunct professors. Comparatively, there are 11.3% of the Asian ethnicity and 10.1% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity.

  • White, 66.4%
  • Asian, 11.3%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 10.1%
  • Black or African American, 7.0%
  • Unknown, 4.9%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.3%

Adjunct Professor Race

Adjunct Professor RacePercentages
White66.4%
Asian11.3%
Hispanic or Latino10.1%
Black or African American7.0%
Unknown4.9%
American Indian and Alaska Native0.3%

Adjunct Professor Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2010-2019 among adjunct professors.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Adjunct Professor Race By Year

YearWhiteBlack or African AmericanAsianHispanic or Latino
201072.81%7.19%9.23%8.18%
201172.51%7.04%9.95%7.94%
201272.10%7.33%9.82%8.18%
201371.24%7.69%10.11%8.43%
201471.33%7.31%9.78%8.82%
201569.78%7.54%10.73%9.11%
201670.27%7.47%10.45%9.00%
201769.35%7.21%11.62%9.05%
201871.13%6.95%9.94%9.25%
201969.46%7.22%10.88%9.77%
202067.54%6.93%10.52%9.93%
202166.39%7.05%11.32%10.05%

Adjunct Professor Wage Gap By Race

Asian adjunct professors have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or african american adjunct professors have the lowest average salary at $84,004.
$93,000
$91,000
$89,000
$87,000
$85,000
$83,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
EthnicitySalary
Unknown$85,724
White$85,915
Black or African American$84,004
Asian$90,440
Hispanic or Latino$86,574

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Average Age of an Adjunct Professor

We determined the average age of adjunct professors based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female

Adjunct Professor Age By Race

RaceMale AgeFemale Age
Black or African American4945
Unknown44.544
Asian4141
Hispanic or Latino4341
White4846
American Indian and Alaska Native5448

Adjunct Professor Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of adjunct professor employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of adjunct professors is 40+ years old, which represents 67% of the population.

40+ years

30-40 years

20-30 years


Adjunct Professor Age

Adjunct Professor YearsPercentages
40+ years67%
30-40 years21%
20-30 years11%

Types of Adjunct Professor Degree Levels

The most common degree for adjunct professors is bachelor's degree 49% of adjunct professors earn that degree. A close second is master's degree with 33% and rounding it off is doctoral degree with 11%.

  • Bachelors, 49%
  • Masters, 33%
  • Doctorate, 11%
  • Associate, 5%
  • Other Degrees, 2%

Adjunct Professors By Education

Adjunct Professor DegreePercentages
Bachelors49%
Masters33%
Doctorate11%
Associate5%
Other Degrees2%

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Adjunct Professor Wage Gap By Education

$130,000
$122,000
$114,000
$106,000
$98,000
$90,000
$82,000
Master's Degree
Doctorate Degree
EducationSalary
Master's Degree$89,949
Doctorate Degree$127,679

Adjunct Professor Employment Statistics

This section highlights information about where adjunct professors work. We found most adjunct professors work for a education company. In addition, the industry that employs the most adjunct professors is the education industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire adjunct professors.

< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

Adjunct Professor Jobs By Employer Size

Company SizePercentages
< 50 employees3%
50 - 100 employees8%
100 - 500 employees17%
500 - 1,000 employees15%
1,000 - 10,000 employees52%
> 10,000 employees5%

The Types Of Companies Adjunct Professor Work In

Employees with the adjunct professor job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most adjunct professors prefer to work at education companies over private companies.

Education

Private

Adjunct Professor Jobs By Sector

Company TypePercentages
Education98%
Public0%
Private2%
Government0%

Top Industries Hiring Adjunct Professors

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ adjunct professors. Those industries include education, manufacturing and government.

Education

Manufacturing

Adjunct Professor Industry Statistics

IndustryPercentages
Education96%
Manufacturing1%

Adjunct Professor Turnover And Employment Statistics

Adjunct Professor Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of adjunct professors changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Adjunct Professor Unemployment Rate By Year

YearAdjunct Professor Unemployment Rate
20103.13%
20113.11%
20123.14%
20133.31%
20142.86%
20152.61%
20162.42%
20172.51%
20182.40%
20192.23%
20202.58%
20212.98%

The Average Number of Years That Adjunct Professor Stay in a Job

By looking over 48,307 adjunct professors resumes, we figured out that the average adjunct professor enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 25%.

Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Adjunct Professor Tenure

Number or YearsPercentages
Less than 1 year17%
1-2 years25%
3-4 years13%
5-7 years18%
8-10 years9%
11+ years18%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Adjunct Professors with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to adjunct professors.

Job TitleLGBTJob Openings
Teaching Internship6.04%70,507
Co-Teacher9.52%70,919
Reference Librarian10.75%1,058
Special Educator11.12%62,545
Library Technician13.69%24,941
Adjunct Professor15.52%-
Instructional Technology Specialist16.25%61,365

Adjunct Professor LGBT Demographics

ProfessionPercentages of LGBT Job Openings
Teaching Internship6.04%70,507
Co-Teacher9.52%70,919
Reference Librarian10.75%1,058
Special Educator11.12%62,545
Library Technician13.69%24,941
Instructional Technology Specialist16.25%61,365

Foreign Languages Spoken By Adjunct Professors

The most common foreign language among adjunct professors is Spanish at 46.8%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 16.4% and German is the third-most popular at 6.1%.

  • Spanish, 46.8%
  • French, 16.4%
  • German, 6.1%
  • Italian, 5.7%
  • Portuguese, 4.3%
  • Other, 20.7%

Adjunct Professor Languages Spoken

Foreign LanguagePercentages
Spanish46.8%
French16.4%
German6.1%
Italian5.7%
Portuguese4.3%
Other20.7%

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Where Do Adjunct Professors Earn The Most?

Adjunct professors earn the most in Rhode Island, where the average adjunct professor salary is $129,569. The map here shows where adjunct professors earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Adjunct Professors In High Demand?

Adjunct professors are in high demand in Phoenix, AZ. There are currently 31 job openings for adjunct professors here. We looked over job openings to determine where in the country adjunct professors are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings

Adjunct Professor Demographics FAQs

What Percentage Of Adjunct Professors Are Female?

49.7% of adjunct professors are female in the United States. This is 0.4 percentage points higher than last year. Additionally, the percentage of female adjunct professors has increased by 1.3 percentage points since 2010. That means there are a total of 259,835 female adjunct professors in the U.S. and 262,972 male adjunct professors in the United States. Note that Zippia's estimate accounts only for the 522,807 people with the specific job title of adjunct professor and doesn't include grouping similar job titles, or people with potentially similar credentialing.

How Many Adjunct Professor Are There In The Us?

There are over 476,445 Adjunct Professors in the United States.

What Percentage Of Adjunct Professors Are Black?

7.0% of Adjunct Professors are Black or African American

What Race Are Most Adjunct Professors?

Most an are White, with 66.4% of Adjunct Professors belonging to this ethnicity. 11.3% of Adjunct Professors are Asian, 10.1% of Adjunct Professors are Hispanic or Latino, 7.0% of Adjunct Professors are Black or African American, 4.9% of Adjunct Professors are Unknown, and 0.3% of Adjunct Professors are American Indian and Alaska Native

Are Adjunct Professor Jobs Male - Dominated?

Yes, Adjunct Professor jobs are male - dominated. 51% of Adjunct Professors are male, and 48% are female, so there are more male Adjunct Professors than female Adjunct Professors in the United States.

How Old Is The Average Adjunct Professor?

The average Adjunct Professor is 46 years old. 67% of Adjunct Professors are 40+ years old or older, 21% are between the ages of 30-40 years, and 11% are between 20-30 years old

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