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Postsecondary Teacher Salary Information

The salary statistics of postsecondary teachers are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of postsecondary teachers in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of postsecondary teachers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The postsecondary teachers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Postsecondary Teacher Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$31,200
25th Percentile Wage
$45,450
50th Percentile Wage
$66,500
75th Percentile Wage
$99,650
90th Percentile Wage
$152,330

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for postsecondary teachers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) postsecondary teachers is $152,330. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $66,500. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $31,200. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 388% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of postsecondary teachers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201666,5003.08%6.18%
201564,4502.23%-
201463,0100.14%-
201362,9200.84%-
201262,390--

Table 2. Postsecondary Teacher Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of postsecondary teachers in 13 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for postsecondary teachers occupations is the health care and social assistance sector with an annual salary $94,090. The lowest paying sector is the transportation and warehousing sector (annual salary $40,720).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Health Care and Social Assistance
$94,090
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$78,370
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$71,630
Educational Services
$66,350
Manufacturing
$62,550
Construction
$61,980
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$59,290
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$58,980
Federal, State, and Local Government
$56,820
Wholesale Trade
$52,980
Retail Trade
$50,010
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$45,620
Transportation and Warehousing
$40,720

Table 3. Salaries of Postsecondary Teacher Related Occupations

The average annual salary of postsecondary teacher related occupations at the national level is given in Table 3. For more salary information about a specific occupation, use the links below.

Occupation Median Annual Salary
Postsecondary Health Specialties Teachers
$99,360
Postsecondary Engineering Teachers
$97,530
Postsecondary Economics Teachers
$95,770
Postsecondary Engineering and Architecture Teachers
$94,720
Postsecondary Agricultural Sciences Teachers
$91,580
Postsecondary Health Teachers
$87,900
Postsecondary Forestry and Conservation Science Teachers
$85,880
Postsecondary Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers
$85,410
Postsecondary Physics Teachers
$84,570
Anthropology and Archeology Teachers
$81,350
Postsecondary Physical Sciences Teachers
$80,510
Postsecondary Architecture Teachers
$79,250
Postsecondary Political Science Teachers
$79,210
Postsecondary Life Sciences Teachers
$79,180
Environmental Science Teachers
$78,340
Postsecondary Computer Science Teachers
$77,570
Postsecondary Business Teachers
$77,490
Postsecondary Geography Teachers
$76,810
Postsecondary Chemistry Teachers
$76,750
Postsecondary Biological Science Teachers
$76,650
Postsecondary Social Sciences Teachers
$76,130
Postsecondary Psychology Teachers
$73,140
Postsecondary Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers
$73,020
Postsecondary Math and Computer Teachers
$72,510
Postsecondary Sociology Teachers
$71,840
Other Postsecondary Social Sciences Teachers
$70,740
Postsecondary Mathematical Science Teachers
$69,520
Postsecondary Nursing Instructors and Teachers
$69,130
Postsecondary Library Science Teachers
$68,410
Postsecondary Education and Library Science Teachers
$63,040
Postsecondary Education Teachers
$62,520


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