These Are The 10 Best States For Adjunct Instructors

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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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:

  1. Oklahoma
  2. Iowa
  3. Arkansas
  4. Mississippi
  5. Wisconsin
  6. Texas
  7. Nebraska
  8. Kansas
  9. Washington
  10. North Carolina

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:

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How we determined the best states to be an adjunct instructor

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:

  • Availability of jobs
  • Higher Pay

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:

  • Location quotient. A measure of how common a job is a given state.
  • Average annual salary.
  • Average annual salary for entry level work.
  • Average annual salary for experienced professionals.

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.

1. Oklahoma

Best States For Adjunct Instructors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,500
Average Annual Salary: $56,210
Average Entry Level Salary: $32,470
Average Experienced Salary: $84,140
Location Quotient: 1.9

2. Iowa

Best States For Adjunct Instructors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,280
Average Annual Salary: $67,360
Average Entry Level Salary: $28,700
Average Experienced Salary: $124,050
Location Quotient: 1.01

3. Arkansas

Best States For Adjunct Instructors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,590
Average Annual Salary: $50,470
Average Entry Level Salary: $27,910
Average Experienced Salary: $85,660
Location Quotient: 1.61

4. Mississippi

Best States For Adjunct Instructors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,370
Average Annual Salary: $53,190
Average Entry Level Salary: $25,810
Average Experienced Salary: $76,830
Location Quotient: 1.48

5. Wisconsin

Best States For Adjunct Instructors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,930
Average Annual Salary: $65,520
Average Entry Level Salary: $35,270
Average Experienced Salary: $99,670
Location Quotient: 0.83

6. Texas

Best States For Adjunct Instructors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 11,920
Average Annual Salary: $56,180
Average Entry Level Salary: $25,480
Average Experienced Salary: $92,550
Location Quotient: 1.22

7. Nebraska

Best States For Adjunct Instructors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 400
Average Annual Salary: $62,950
Average Entry Level Salary: $36,100
Average Experienced Salary: $97,870
Location Quotient: 0.5

8. Kansas

Best States For Adjunct Instructors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,150
Average Annual Salary: $53,270
Average Entry Level Salary: $30,870
Average Experienced Salary: $78,860
Location Quotient: 1.01

9. Washington

Best States For Adjunct Instructors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 4,670
Average Annual Salary: $59,150
Average Entry Level Salary: $35,590
Average Experienced Salary: $90,910
Location Quotient: 1.84

10. North Carolina

Best States For Adjunct Instructors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 6,430
Average Annual Salary: $52,750
Average Entry Level Salary: $35,430
Average Experienced Salary: $71,800
Location Quotient: 1.83

There You Have It – The Best States To Be An Adjunct Instructor

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:

  1. Maryland
  2. Connecticut
  3. Massachusetts

Detailed List Of The Best States For adjunct instructors

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Oklahoma $56,210 $32,470 2,500
2 Iowa $67,360 $28,700 1,280
3 Arkansas $50,470 $27,910 1,590
4 Mississippi $53,190 $25,810 1,370
5 Wisconsin $65,520 $35,270 1,930
6 Texas $56,180 $25,480 11,920
7 Nebraska $62,950 $36,100 400
8 Kansas $53,270 $30,870 1,150
9 Washington $59,150 $35,590 4,670
10 North Carolina $52,750 $35,430 6,430
11 Colorado $62,170 $29,370 2,530
12 Minnesota $57,520 $28,730 2,400
13 Kentucky $52,010 $39,870 2,190
14 Florida $59,950 $31,700 6,010
15 Wyoming $51,960 $30,680 230
16 Utah $52,900 $20,960 2,820
17 Delaware $62,650 $42,550 260
18 Rhode Island $64,610 $35,950 400
19 West Virginia $48,700 $34,150 860
20 Michigan $49,110 $24,860 3,130
21 Illinois $55,120 $21,440 4,860
22 Georgia $47,600 $30,780 4,430
23 Arizona $52,870 $23,510 3,110
24 North Dakota $56,540 $37,430 220
25 Alaska $70,430 $47,460 250
26 Ohio $54,350 $19,420 4,100
27 Indiana $48,900 $24,930 1,770
28 New Mexico $56,300 $19,980 580
29 Idaho $41,590 $26,310 1,040
30 Pennsylvania $52,450 $27,420 5,010
31 Oregon $62,440 $32,030 1,110
32 South Carolina $48,920 $29,320 1,540
33 Missouri $49,130 $23,230 2,030
34 New Jersey $59,620 $35,610 2,810
35 Alabama $42,400 $17,750 2,080
36 South Dakota $46,710 $32,450 350
37 Hawaii $67,690 $28,260 830
38 California $64,780 $34,760 11,610
39 Virginia $53,540 $31,770 1,790
40 New Hampshire $60,220 $32,540 230
41 New York $66,150 $35,660 4,390
42 Nevada $46,000 $27,190 970
43 Louisiana $45,920 $26,650 1,040
44 Tennessee $45,010 $24,740 1,440
45 Maine $44,480 $31,860 340
46 Montana $42,160 $19,180 330
47 Vermont $54,470 $19,980 110
48 Massachusetts $54,030 $31,480 2,270
49 Connecticut $48,390 $35,600 610
50 Maryland $45,120 $20,100 1,000