These Are The 10 Best States For Adjunct Professors

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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Adjunct Professors are one of the most common jobs in America. Additionally, a significant number of people work as adjunct professors in every state in the union — it’s not like they are all just concentrated in California or the South.

Since adjunct professors are such a prominent occupation, we at Zippia wanted to look at where adjunct professors 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 professors. After all the numbers had been crunched, we were left with this list of the best of best for America’s adjunct professors:

  1. Nebraska
  2. Iowa
  3. New Mexico
  4. Oklahoma
  5. Mississippi
  6. Utah
  7. Michigan
  8. Washington
  9. Wisconsin
  10. North Carolina

So there you have it — Nebraska is the best of the best when it comes to being a adjunct professors.

How did it 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 professors and for more on the top ten states.

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How we determined the best states to be a adjunct professor

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
  • Pay

So in order to find out the best states for adjunct professors in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well adjunct professors get paid. This led to the following criteria taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Occupational Employment Statistics for 2015:

  • 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 professors in California is $117,430 and the average salary in Oregon is $0, 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 professors in America.

So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each state so great for adjunct professors.

1. Nebraska

Best States For Adjunct Professors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,800
Average Annual Salary: $93,060
Average Entry Level Salary: $44,800
Average Experienced Salary: $153,600
Location Quotient: 1.46

2. Iowa

Best States For Adjunct Professors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,580
Average Annual Salary: $139,770
Average Entry Level Salary: $51,740
Average Experienced Salary: $0
Location Quotient: 1.3

3. New Mexico

Best States For Adjunct Professors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,340
Average Annual Salary: $135,740
Average Entry Level Salary: $56,160
Average Experienced Salary: $0
Location Quotient: 1.29

4. Oklahoma

Best States For Adjunct Professors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 3,060
Average Annual Salary: $84,500
Average Entry Level Salary: $41,010
Average Experienced Salary: $132,300
Location Quotient: 1.48

5. Mississippi

Best States For Adjunct Professors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,420
Average Annual Salary: $158,370
Average Entry Level Salary: $56,810
Average Experienced Salary: $0
Location Quotient: 0.99

6. Utah

Best States For Adjunct Professors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,480
Average Annual Salary: $140,210
Average Entry Level Salary: $45,090
Average Experienced Salary: $0
Location Quotient: 1.44

7. Michigan

Best States For Adjunct Professors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 5,520
Average Annual Salary: $140,200
Average Entry Level Salary: $46,240
Average Experienced Salary: $0
Location Quotient: 1.03

8. Washington

Best States For Adjunct Professors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 3,300
Average Annual Salary: $138,630
Average Entry Level Salary: $68,650
Average Experienced Salary: $0
Location Quotient: 0.85

9. Wisconsin

Best States For Adjunct Professors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 5,400
Average Annual Salary: $113,720
Average Entry Level Salary: $44,130
Average Experienced Salary: $0
Location Quotient: 1.5

10. North Carolina

Best States For Adjunct Professors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 9,740
Average Annual Salary: $125,850
Average Entry Level Salary: $35,260
Average Experienced Salary: $0
Location Quotient: 1.82

There You Have It

If you’re looking to start out your career as a adjunct professor 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 a adjunct professor in America:

  1. Maine
  2. Illinois
  3. Vermont

Detailed List Of The Best States For Adjunct Professors

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Nebraska $93,060 $44,800 1,800
2 Iowa $139,770 $51,740 2,580
3 New Mexico $135,740 $56,160 1,340
4 Oklahoma $84,500 $41,010 3,060
5 Mississippi $158,370 $56,810 1,420
6 Utah $140,210 $45,090 2,480
7 Michigan $140,200 $46,240 5,520
8 Washington $138,630 $68,650 3,300
9 Wisconsin $113,720 $44,130 5,400
10 North Carolina $125,850 $35,260 9,740
11 Kansas $90,930 $50,300 600
12 Connecticut $155,820 $52,750 3,210
13 Colorado $133,470 $39,160 5,090
14 Indiana $120,620 $46,410 2,690
15 Arizona $126,290 $45,320 3,280
16 Missouri $116,270 $42,550 3,380
17 Oregon $140,010 $52,760 2,490
18 North Dakota $101,450 $51,050 140
19 Kentucky $70,220 $38,310 2,740
20 Delaware $87,730 $54,340 240
21 Idaho $99,460 $41,520 960
22 Pennsylvania $86,560 $40,590 6,100
23 New Hampshire $121,240 $58,930 590
24 Ohio $107,800 $32,540 9,090
25 New York $120,140 $47,460 21,520
26 West Virginia $59,720 $24,830 1,580
27 Texas $109,050 $39,320 10,580
28 Massachusetts $122,540 $52,320 5,600
29 Minnesota $100,510 $41,050 3,590
30 South Dakota $79,800 $50,310 150
31 Tennessee $84,520 $24,870 2,220
32 South Carolina $70,790 $19,360 3,030
33 Arkansas $110,500 $29,880 1,290
34 Florida $75,190 $33,650 8,880
35 Wyoming $66,010 $35,480 270
36 Rhode Island $87,300 $51,350 340
37 Virginia $91,170 $31,980 5,020
38 New Jersey $108,740 $51,280 3,320
39 Nevada $114,660 $36,010 750
40 California $117,430 $46,960 12,610
41 Montana $58,940 $18,440 210
42 Alaska $74,430 $43,090 80
43 Vermont $54,810 $31,280 110
44 Illinois $0 $0 5,740
45 Maine $0 $0 490

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