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Adjunct Professor Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$86,000
$43,000
$86,000
$171,000
The average adjunct professor makes about $86,271 per year. That's $41.48 per hour! Those in the lower 10%, such as entry-level positions, only make about $43,000 a year. Meanwhile, the top 10% are sitting pretty with an average salary of $171,000. Many of adjunct professors seem to be drawn to education and health care companies. Unless they care more about money, in which case adjunct professors tend to work at education, utilities, and hospitality companies. Even the employees who work in these industries can confirm that's where the money is. Although money is important, a lot of people base their career decisions solely on location. That's why we found that California, Massachusetts and New Jersey pay adjunct professors the highest salaries.
Best Paying Cities
Monterey, CA
$143,567
Teaneck, NJ
$121,883
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Map of Adjunct Professor Salaries

The darker areas on the map show where Adjunct Professors earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

Average Adjunct Professor Salary By Location

Throughout the U.S., the average salary for an adjunct professor is roughly $86,271 per year, which boils down to $41.48 per hour. Interestingly enough, adjunct professors have the highest salaries in Monterey, CA at about $143,567 per year. For those who are just starting out, the average entry-level salary in Monterey, CA is $60,000. Additionally, adjunct professors make more than the average salary in Bethlehem, PA, Teaneck, NJ, Worcester, MA, Ann Arbor, MI, and Troy, NY. On a more broad level, adjunct professor salaries are highest in California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Maine, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and New York. On the contrary, Alabama, Kentucky, and Oregon offer the lowest adjunct professor salaries.

City
Average Salary
Monterey, CA
Monterey, CA
$143,567
$144k
Bethlehem, PA
Bethlehem, PA
$123,126
$123k
Teaneck, NJ
Teaneck, NJ
$121,883
$122k
Worcester, MA
Worcester, MA
$118,108
$118k
Ann Arbor, MI
Ann Arbor, MI
$115,665
$116k
Troy, NY
Troy, NY
$106,433
$106k
Providence, RI
Providence, RI
$101,281
$101k
New Britain, CT
New Britain, CT
$98,877
$99k
Harrisonburg, VA
Harrisonburg, VA
$95,369
$95k
Washington, DC
Washington, DC
$91,687
$92k

High Paying Adjunct Professor Jobs

Average Adjunct Professor Salary By Company

If you insist on knowing when your check is going to come and for how much, then you'd be better off working for companies like MercyOne and UnityPoint Health as they offer the highest salaries for adjunct professors.

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    Average Adjunct Professor Pay By Industry

    As we previously stated, adjunct professor salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that education, utilities, and hospitality companies tend to offer much higher salaries for adjunct professors. For example, adjunct professors make a whopping average salary of $89,692 while working for education companies. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $83,680 at utilities companies and $74,458 at hospitality companies. But adjunct professors may want to avoid working in the non profits industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $72,602.

    Industry
    Average Salary
    Education
    Education
    $89,692
    $90k
    Utilities
    Utilities
    $83,680
    $84k
    Hospitality
    Hospitality
    $74,458
    $74k
    Non Profits
    Non Profits
    $72,602
    $73k

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