We used the most recent data to determine the best states for Adjunct Instructors to open up shop.
Adjunct Instructors are one of the most common jobs in America. Additionally, a significant number of people work as adjunct instructors in every state in the union — it’s not like they are all just concentrated in California or the South.
Since adjunct instructors are such a prominent occupation, we at Zippia wanted to look at where adjunct instructors have it the best: where there are plenty of jobs to go around and people get paid what they deserve during every phase of their career.
To that end, we dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which states have the best opportunities for adjunct instructors.
After all the numbers had been crunched, we were left with this list of the best of best for America’s adjunct instructors:
So there you have it — Vocational Education Teachers, Postsecondary is the best of the best when it comes to being an adjunct instructor.
How did Vocational Education Teachers, Postsecondary end up here and does it really deserve this ranking? Read on to see how we completed our research on the best states for adjunct instructors and for more on the top ten states.
If you’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:
Here at Zippia, we talk to a lot of people of all different backgrounds looking for jobs. Our research has concluded that there are two common things people want in a job:
So in order to find out the best states for adjunct instructors in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well adjunct instructors get paid. This led to the following criteria taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Occupational Employment Statistics for 2016:
To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across states, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living.
Applying this standardization allows us to account for that fact that it costs more to live in certain in states. For example, the average salary for adjunct instructors in California is $64,780 and the average salary in Illinois is $55,120, but the Illinois salary actually goes further in paying for life’s essentials.
In order to develop and overall ranking, we ranked each state for each criteria from 1 to 50 where 1 was the best.
We then averaged all the rankings for a state into a Job Score with the state having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best state for adjunct instructors in America.
So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each state so great for adjunct instructors.
Total Jobs: 2,500
Average Annual Salary: $56,210
Average Entry Level Salary: $32,470
Average Experienced Salary: $84,140
Location Quotient: 1.9
Total Jobs: 1,280
Average Annual Salary: $67,360
Average Entry Level Salary: $28,700
Average Experienced Salary: $124,050
Location Quotient: 1.01
Total Jobs: 1,590
Average Annual Salary: $50,470
Average Entry Level Salary: $27,910
Average Experienced Salary: $85,660
Location Quotient: 1.61
Total Jobs: 1,370
Average Annual Salary: $53,190
Average Entry Level Salary: $25,810
Average Experienced Salary: $76,830
Location Quotient: 1.48
Total Jobs: 1,930
Average Annual Salary: $65,520
Average Entry Level Salary: $35,270
Average Experienced Salary: $99,670
Location Quotient: 0.83
Total Jobs: 11,920
Average Annual Salary: $56,180
Average Entry Level Salary: $25,480
Average Experienced Salary: $92,550
Location Quotient: 1.22
Total Jobs: 400
Average Annual Salary: $62,950
Average Entry Level Salary: $36,100
Average Experienced Salary: $97,870
Location Quotient: 0.5
Total Jobs: 1,150
Average Annual Salary: $53,270
Average Entry Level Salary: $30,870
Average Experienced Salary: $78,860
Location Quotient: 1.01
Total Jobs: 4,670
Average Annual Salary: $59,150
Average Entry Level Salary: $35,590
Average Experienced Salary: $90,910
Location Quotient: 1.84
Total Jobs: 6,430
Average Annual Salary: $52,750
Average Entry Level Salary: $35,430
Average Experienced Salary: $71,800
Location Quotient: 1.83
If you’re looking to start out your career as an adjunct instructor these are the states that should be at the top of your list. You’ll find high pay, available jobs, and chances for career advancement.
If you’re curious, here are the worst states to be an adjunct instructor in America:
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