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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Postsecondary Teacher Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$29,720
25th Percentile Wage
$46,120
50th Percentile Wage
$67,140
75th Percentile Wage
$100,990
90th Percentile Wage
$155,230

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 $155,230. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $67,140. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $29,720. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 422% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of postsecondary teachers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$67,140
0.95% 7.07%
2016
$66,500
3.08% -
2015
$64,450
2.23% -
2014
$63,010
0.14% -
2013
$62,920
0.84% -
2012
$62,390
- -

Table 2. Postsecondary Teacher Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of postsecondary teachers in 16 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 $96,950. The lowest paying sector is the real estate and rental and leasing sector (annual salary $36,710).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Health Care and Social Assistance
$96,950
Finance and Insurance
$86,450
Wholesale Trade
$75,400
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$71,650
Information
$71,080
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$67,170
Educational Services
$66,990
Construction
$63,700
Transportation and Warehousing
$63,210
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$61,500
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$60,320
Manufacturing
$57,620
Federal, State, and Local Government
$52,470
Retail Trade
$50,010
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$45,980
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$36,710

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 Architecture Teachers
$127,800
Postsecondary Engineering Teachers
$126,650
Postsecondary Economics Teachers
$119,820
Anthropology and Archeology Teachers
$116,040
Postsecondary Physics Teachers
$111,480
Postsecondary Nursing Instructors and Teachers
$105,590
Environmental Science Teachers
$103,750
Postsecondary Political Science Teachers
$102,900
Postsecondary Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers
$101,780
Postsecondary Chemistry Teachers
$99,960
Postsecondary Computer Science Teachers
$98,230
Postsecondary Mathematical Science Teachers
$96,410
Postsecondary Engineering and Architecture Teachers
$95,550
Postsecondary Psychology Teachers
$90,690
Postsecondary Geography Teachers
$90,290
Postsecondary Health Teachers
$88,410
Postsecondary Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers
$88,170
Postsecondary Biological Science Teachers
$88,080
Postsecondary Forestry and Conservation Science Teachers
$87,420
Postsecondary Education Teachers
$85,100
Postsecondary Agricultural Sciences Teachers
$84,380
Postsecondary Physical Sciences Teachers
$81,230
Postsecondary Sociology Teachers
$80,720
Postsecondary Life Sciences Teachers
$79,710
Postsecondary Library Science Teachers
$78,740
Postsecondary Social Sciences Teachers
$76,210
Postsecondary Math and Computer Teachers
$73,780
Postsecondary Education and Library Science Teachers
$64,680
Postsecondary Business Teachers
$61,390
Other Postsecondary Social Sciences Teachers
$59,220
Postsecondary Health Specialties Teachers
$0



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