What does an Adjunct Instructor do?

Instructors provide teaching or training in a classroom setting or via a remote platform. They create and follow lesson plans, choose any necessary curriculum or resource materials, explain concepts and theories, and review assignments and examinations. They may also demonstrate techniques and assist with experiments, research, or hands-on projects. They frequently serve as mentors or advisors, offering insight on how the course or program may align with the student’s professional or educational goals.

Instructors typically have extensive professional experience in the subject area in which they are teaching. Specific requirements and credentials vary depending on the role and level, but instructors commonly would have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional experience. They must be well-organized, and have a passion for supporting students and encouraging them to succeed.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.7 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.3 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Adjunct Instructor Salaries

Average Base Pay

$66,434 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $66K
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Adjunct Instructor Career Path

Learn how to become an Adjunct Instructor, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Adjunct Instructor Insights

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Second CitySecond City
Aug. 18, 2021

“Everyone I've worked with has been an awesome human and fun to work with.”

Saratoga Star Aquatics Saratoga Star Aquatics
Swim Instructor
Mar. 11, 2021

“It was a great way for me to earn money as a high schooler and work with kids”

Raytheon TechnologiesRaytheon Technologies
Sep. 29, 2021

“NONE there is no Pro they offer good start pay and you will receive little to no raises”

Breakthrough AutismBreakthrough Autism
Instructor Therapist
Jun. 22, 2021

“Overall the work culture was positive and I was able to advance my professional career.”

University of Rhode IslandUniversity of Rhode Island
College to Career Instructor
Oct. 21, 2020

“URI provides useful resources and experienced professionals to guide college student is their career journey.”

Life TimeLife Time
ELI Instructor
Sep. 2, 2021

“I felt very comfortable there and was pushed by my supervisors in all the best ways.”

Automotive Instructor
Jul. 22, 2021

“Great people to work with (local level) and I always felt a sense of team.”

Coyotes Ice
Junior Instructor
Aug. 11, 2020

“This was a great learning opportunity and I found myself being learning something new every day.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of an adjunct instructor

When working as an adjunct instructor, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Teaching Experience, Degree IN English, Written Communication, American Sign Language and Network Computer.

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