Updated August 18, 2021
Average Instructor Salary
$51,000 yearly
$24.61 hourly

Entry level Salary
$30,000 yearly
$30,000
10 %
$51,000
Median
$84,000
90 %
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PercentileascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
90th Percentile
$84,000
$7,000
$40
75th Percentile
$66,000
$5,500
$32
Average
$51,192
$4,266
$25
25th Percentile
$39,000
$3,250
$19
10th Percentile
$30,000
$2,500
$14

Average Instructor Salary By State

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Instructor average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdescJob Countascdesc
Alabama
$45,831
$22.03
Alaska
$49,645
$23.87
Arizona
$41,111
$19.76
Arkansas
$45,233
$21.75
California
$49,064
$23.59
Colorado
$44,084
$21.19
Connecticut
$54,739
$26.32
Delaware
$48,634
$23.38
District of Columbia
$52,512
$25.25
Florida
$44,028
$21.17
Georgia
$44,898
$21.59
Hawaii
$60,244
$28.96
Idaho
$39,530
$19.00
Illinois
$41,388
$19.90
Indiana
$45,013
$21.64
Iowa
$41,054
$19.74
Kansas
$41,033
$19.73
Kentucky
$46,524
$22.37
Louisiana
$46,304
$22.26
Maine
$56,178
$27.01
Maryland
$52,291
$25.14
Massachusetts
$54,915
$26.40
Michigan
$47,489
$22.83
Minnesota
$46,971
$22.58
Mississippi
$43,320
$20.83
Missouri
$52,014
$25.01
Montana
$40,548
$19.49
Nebraska
$42,818
$20.59
Nevada
$39,929
$19.20
New Hampshire
$50,417
$24.24
New Jersey
$52,189
$25.09
New Mexico
$41,788
$20.09
New York
$54,236
$26.07
North Carolina
$47,299
$22.74
North Dakota
$42,113
$20.25
Ohio
$44,165
$21.23
Oklahoma
$41,912
$20.15
Oregon
$45,850
$22.04
Pennsylvania
$53,772
$25.85
Rhode Island
$45,408
$21.83
South Carolina
$41,942
$20.16
South Dakota
$38,402
$18.46
Tennessee
$44,249
$21.27
Texas
$45,845
$22.04
Utah
$46,780
$22.49
Vermont
$56,137
$26.99
Virginia
$45,541
$21.89
Washington
$45,888
$22.06
West Virginia
$46,481
$22.35
Wisconsin
$50,021
$24.05
Wyoming
$38,625
$18.57

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Highest Paying Cities For Instructor

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Urban Honolulu, HI
$60,315
$29.00
Worcester, MA
$54,904
$26.40
New York, NY
$54,261
$26.09
Philadelphia, PA
$54,113
$26.02
Washington, DC
$52,496
$25.24
Baltimore, MD
$52,322
$25.15

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How much does an Instructor make?

  • The average instructor makes $51,192 in the United States.
  • The average hourly pay for an instructor is $24.61.
  • The average entry-level instructor salary is $30,000.
  • Highest paying states for instructor are Hawaii ($60,244), Maine ($56,178), Vermont ($60,244) and Massachusetts ($60,244).
  • Highest paying cities for instructor are Urban Honolulu, HI ($60,315), Worcester, MA, New York, NY, Philadelphia, PA and Washington, DC.
  • Instructors on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $30,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $84,000.
  • The best-paid 25% made $66,000 that year, while the lowest-paid 25$ made $39,000
  • Industries with the highest instructor salaries are health care, education and government.

Average Instructor Salary Over Time

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

Location
    YearascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc% Changeascdesc
    2021
    $51,200
    $24.61
    +1.8%
    2020
    $50,300
    $24.17
    +1.7%
    2019
    $49,400
    $23.76
    +3.6%
    2018
    $47,600
    $22.91
    +1.1%
    2017
    $47,100
    $22.65
    +1.4%

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Learning Center Instructor

    Avg. salary: $35,996

    Learning center instructors' primary goal is to give direct mediation instruction for recognized students. They cooperate with staff members on suitable student placement for constructive learning. Their duties include directing all activities concerning planning, organization, development, communication, and delivery of training programs as well as initiatives. They work on leadership strategies for assisting children's emotional and social development and handling their behavior. Additionally, they coordinate with community organizations, facilities, and other professionals to design balanced recreational routines for participants.
    54,678 Learning Center Instructor Jobs
    Adjunct English Instructor

    Avg. salary: $74,622

    An Adjunct English Instructor prepares and distributes a departmental syllabus that informs students about course requirements, testing assignments, and other pertinent information. They maintain necessary records about student performance and submit reports in a timely manner.
    34,122 Adjunct English Instructor Jobs
    Cosmetology Instructor

    Avg. salary: $42,608

    A Cosmetology Instructor is trained to teach a variety of skills used by hairstylists, manicurists, makeup artists, and other workers in the beauty industry. They teach students from vocational and technical schools how to perform cosmetology practices.
    17,897 Cosmetology Instructor Jobs
    Mathematics Instructor

    Avg. salary: $43,359

    A mathematics instructor is responsible for improving the students' numerical and analytical skills by teaching mathematical disciplines, processes, as well as its nature and history. Mathematics instructors create engaging lesson plans and ensure class coordination by planning group activities, observing the students' group cooperation, and assessing their social behavior. They adhere to the curriculum guidelines, identify every student's learning challenges, and develop strategic plans to address those difficulties. A mathematics instructor must have excellent communication skills, especially on implementing a smart teaching approach to maximize students' potential and prepare them for an advanced level.
    26,037 Mathematics Instructor Jobs
    Laboratory Instructor

    Avg. salary: $38,376

    A Laboratory Instructor works closely with students and faculty in laboratories. They set up and prepare the laboratory for experiments, and organize and maintain equipment and supplies. They also teach students how to properly use laboratory equipment, tools, and machines. Laboratory Instructors are responsible for maintaining the routine preventative maintenance of all laboratory equipment. Other duties include reinforcing laboratory housekeeping and safety protocol, coordinating with other engineering departments, and receiving, installing, and maintaining laboratory supplies and equipment.
    59,816 Laboratory Instructor Jobs
    Instructor Of Spanish

    Avg. salary: $51,497

    A Spanish Instructor specializes in teaching the Spanish language in a classroom or one-on-one setting. Their responsibilities typically include preparing lesson plans according to the students' needs and capacity, researching and creating learning materials, facilitating discussions, conducting quizzes and examinations, organizing activities to enhance their language skills, grading the students' performances, and assisting students as necessary. Spanish Instructors monitor the students' progress while maintaining a safe and healthy learning environment for everyone.
    19,134 Instructor Of Spanish Jobs
    Job TitleascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly RateascdescJob Openingsascdesc
    Learning Center Instructor
    $35,996
    $3,000
    $17.31
    54,678
    Adjunct English Instructor
    $74,623
    $6,219
    $35.88
    34,122
    Cosmetology Instructor
    $42,608
    $3,551
    $20.48
    17,897
    Mathematics Instructor
    $43,360
    $3,613
    $20.85
    26,037
    Laboratory Instructor
    $38,376
    $3,198
    $18.45
    59,816
    Instructor Of Spanish
    $51,497
    $4,291
    $24.76
    19,134
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    Average Instructor Salary by Demographic

    Instructor Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $51,590
    female-income
    Female Income
    $48,815
    Genderascdesc
    Incomeascdesc
    Male$51,590
    Female$48,815
    Median Instructor Income by Race
    White instructors have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Asian instructors have the lowest average salary at $48,871.
    $55,000
    $44,000
    $33,000
    $22,000
    $11,000
    $0
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    White$50,985
    Black or African American$50,051
    Asian$48,871
    Hispanic or Latino$50,382
    Average Instructor Salary by Education Level
    Instructors with a Doctorate degree earn more than those without, at $60,807 annually. With a Masters degree, instructors earn a median annual income of $55,438 compared to $48,815 for instructors with an Bachelors degree.
    $65,000
    $52,000
    $39,000
    $26,000
    $13,000
    $0
    High School Diploma or Less
    Master's Degree
    Bachelor's Degree
    Doctorate Degree
    Some College/ Associate Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    High School Diploma or Less$42,813
    Master's Degree$55,438
    Bachelor's Degree$48,815
    Doctorate Degree$60,807
    Some College/ Associate Degree$46,573