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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
25th Percentile Wage
50th Percentile Wage
75th Percentile Wage
90th Percentile Wage

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
0.95% 7.07%
3.08% -
2.23% -
0.14% -
0.84% -
- -

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
Finance and Insurance
Wholesale Trade
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Educational Services
Transportation and Warehousing
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Federal, State, and Local Government
Retail Trade
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing

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
Postsecondary Engineering Teachers
Postsecondary Economics Teachers
Anthropology and Archeology Teachers
Postsecondary Physics Teachers
Postsecondary Nursing Instructors and Teachers
Environmental Science Teachers
Postsecondary Political Science Teachers
Postsecondary Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers
Postsecondary Chemistry Teachers
Postsecondary Computer Science Teachers
Postsecondary Mathematical Science Teachers
Postsecondary Engineering and Architecture Teachers
Postsecondary Psychology Teachers
Postsecondary Geography Teachers
Postsecondary Health Teachers
Postsecondary Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers
Postsecondary Biological Science Teachers
Postsecondary Forestry and Conservation Science Teachers
Postsecondary Education Teachers
Postsecondary Agricultural Sciences Teachers
Postsecondary Physical Sciences Teachers
Postsecondary Sociology Teachers
Postsecondary Life Sciences Teachers
Postsecondary Library Science Teachers
Postsecondary Social Sciences Teachers
Postsecondary Math and Computer Teachers
Postsecondary Education and Library Science Teachers
Postsecondary Business Teachers
Other Postsecondary Social Sciences Teachers
Postsecondary Health Specialties Teachers


💰 Highest paying industries for postsecondary teachers.