The Average Salary of a Professor in North Carolina

Classrooms are a typical workplace for professors in North Carolina and other states.
Classrooms are a typical workplace for professors in North Carolina and other states. (Image: Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) surveyed 24 colleges in North Carolina to determine average salaries for the 2010 to 2011 school year. Annual salaries are adjusted to reflect a nine-month work year, which is typical for professors all around the U.S. This survey not only determines pay according to teaching rank but also by gender.


The salary of North Carolina professors depends primarily on their rank. Full professors receive the highest averages at $76,317 per year. Associate professors receive $61,925 per year, assistant professors get $54,004 and instructors get $44,652. Pay also differs by gender with male professors averaging $77,821 against the $77,309 made by women. The differences between salaries at the instructor level are more pronounced: men receive $48,591 and women earn $43,035.


Salaries also differ by institutions. For professors, the highest paying wages are at Duke University, with averages at $163,400 per year for all, $166,300 for men and $152,900 for women. For instructors, the highest salaries are with North Carolina State University at $61,000 per year. Salaries for male instructors average $61,700, with no information available for female instructors.


Pay for North Carolina professors can also differ according to rank. All educational professionals in the state, including those in elementary, secondary and vocational schools, made a mean $41,290 per year as of May 2009, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The professors with the highest pay are law professors at a mean $111,370 per year, followed by economics teachers who earn a mean $96,890 per year. Both earnings are higher than the mean for education jobs in the state. The subject with the lowest-paid teachers is criminal justice and law enforcement, at a mean $51,830 per year.

Elon U

Elon University can provide an example of average salaries for one university. It falls in the middle of all North Carolina institutions in terms of compensation for teachers. According to the AAUP, full professors earn an average $99,000 per year, associate professors get $72,800, assistant professors make $62,800 and instructors receive $44,000. Gender differences here are pronounced, with male professors earning $102,300 and female professors getting $92,700.

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