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Updated July 11, 2022

Average Adjunct Professor Salary

$80,863 yearly
To create our salary estimates, Zippia starts with data published in publicly available sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Foreign Labor Certification Data Center (FLC) Show More

$38.88 hourly

Entry level Salary
$37,000 yearly
$37,000
10 %
$80,863
Median
$173,000
90 %

How much does an Adjunct Professor make?

Adjunct professors make $80,863 per year on average, or $38.88 per hour, in the United States. Adjunct professors on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $37,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $173,000.

Location impacts how much an adjunct professor can expect to make. Adjunct professors make the most in Alaska, Maine, Rhode Island, Utah, and Connecticut.

Highest Paying States For Adjunct Professors

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

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Adjunct Professor average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1Alaska$151,455$72.81135
2New York$105,799$50.861,562
3Oregon$102,595$49.32409
4Rhode Island$116,036$55.7965
5Utah$115,367$55.46165
6Maine$119,263$57.3457
7District of Columbia$94,209$45.29185
8New Jersey$95,440$45.88585
9Vermont$93,865$45.1364
10West Virginia$80,646$38.77156
11Massachusetts$101,244$48.67391
12South Carolina$81,200$39.04401
13Connecticut$107,999$51.9280
14California$103,016$49.531,243
15New Hampshire$96,734$46.5147
16Arizona$95,568$45.95158
17Pennsylvania$73,658$35.41827
18New Mexico$81,373$39.1280
19Alabama$69,301$33.32249
20Texas$67,934$32.661,437
21Colorado$67,788$32.59575
22Montana$62,738$30.16112
23Virginia$63,659$30.611,010
24Washington$78,272$37.63248
25Iowa$63,005$30.29221
26Mississippi$64,754$31.13154
27Nevada$78,922$37.9427
28Nebraska$62,257$29.93118
29Louisiana$63,473$30.52216
30Ohio$65,511$31.50453
31Delaware$74,401$35.7739
32Wisconsin$58,938$28.34250
33Arkansas$63,940$30.7457
34Maryland$59,616$28.66387
35Florida$61,976$29.80587
36Missouri$57,483$27.64234
37North Carolina$55,160$26.52558
38Michigan$53,518$25.73360
39Indiana$46,591$22.40460
40Georgia$51,859$24.93454
41North Dakota$53,524$25.7322
42Minnesota$52,476$25.23235
43Tennessee$48,505$23.32253
44Kentucky$40,080$19.27363
45South Dakota$41,434$19.9258
46Kansas$51,737$24.8778
47Illinois$48,245$23.19447
48Wyoming$46,798$22.5023
49Hawaii$52,578$25.2811
50Idaho$50,473$24.2727
51Oklahoma$48,438$23.2976

Highest Paying Cities For Adjunct Professors

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Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Troy, NY$128,775$61.91
2Providence, RI$124,016$59.62
3New Britain, CT$118,202$56.83
4Logan, UT$109,049$52.43
5San Francisco, CA$108,259$52.05
6Teaneck, NJ$103,774$49.89
7Worcester, MA$102,298$49.18
8Washington, DC$99,040$47.62
9Phoenix, AZ$96,233$46.27
10Bethlehem, PA$78,630$37.80
11Kingsville, TX$72,557$34.88
12Hattiesburg, MS$68,232$32.80
13Denver, CO$66,978$32.20
14New Orleans, LA$63,757$30.65
15Miami, FL$63,002$30.29

Here Are The Five Most In Demand Cities Right Now:

  1. Troy, NY
  2. Providence, RI
  3. New Britain, CT
  4. Logan, UT
  5. San Francisco, CA

Adjunct Professor Salary Details

Adjunct Professor Salary

What is an Adjunct Professor's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$173,000$14,417$83
75th Percentile$120,000$10,000$58
Average$80,863$6,739$39
25th Percentile$54,000$4,500$26
10th Percentile$37,000$3,083$18

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Faculty$71,091$5,924$34.1821,142
Language Teacher$52,617$4,385$25.3074,479
Social Studies Teacher$49,265$4,105$23.6994,087
Faculty Member$83,205$6,934$40.0030,325
French Teacher$49,521$4,127$23.8154,716
College Instructor$55,705$4,642$26.7841,053

Which Companies Pay Adjunct Professors The Most?

The highest paying companies for adjunct professors are Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and University of California, Berkeley according to our most recent salary estimates. In addition, companies like Columbia University in the City of New York and Chapman University report highly competitive wages for adjunct professors.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center$202,146$97.1938
2University of California, Berkeley$134,523$64.67103
3Columbia University in the City of New York$133,806$64.33309
4Chapman University$133,473$64.17
5Yale University$133,284$64.081
6Northwestern University$131,414$63.18
7New York University$130,872$62.92113
8University of Michigan$129,481$62.2532
9Johns Hopkins University$128,523$61.7991
10Merrimack College$123,058$59.1627
11Case Western Reserve University$116,638$56.08
12Cornell University$112,640$54.152
13California College of the Arts$110,503$53.13
14Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute$109,314$52.5513
15University of Maryland, Baltimore$108,896$52.35
16New Jersey Institute of Technology$107,261$51.5759
17University of Kentucky$106,466$51.19190
18The College of New Jersey$102,616$49.33
19LA State University Continuing$102,002$49.04150
20Mt. San Antonio College$101,530$48.81

Adjunct Professor Salary Trends

Average Adjunct Professor Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

    Adjunct Professor Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$80,900$38.88+1.8%
    2021$79,400$38.18-0.1%
    2020$79,500$38.20-0.5%
    2019$79,900$38.40-1.5%
    2018$81,100$38.98+8.6%

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    Adjunct Professor Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Adjunct Professors the most?

    Alaska pays Adjunct Professors the most in the United States, with an average salary of $151,455 per year, or $72.81 per hour.

    How do I know if I'm being paid fairly as an Adjunct Professor?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as an Adjunct Professor if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in Maine you should be paid close to $119,263 per year.

    What type of Adjunct Professor gets paid the most?

    Professor gets paid the most. Professor made a median salary of $158,407. The best-paid 10 percent make $217,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $115,000.

    What is a good starting salary for an Adjunct Professor?

    A good starting salary for an adjunct professor is $37,000 in the United States. That puts you in the 10th percentile of annual income for an adjunct professor in the U.S., which is about what you would expect if you were new to the field. The average salary for adjunct professors is $80,863, but that normally requires some level of experience to achieve. Furthermore, a good starting salary for an adjunct professor can vary by state.

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