What does a Lecturer do?

Lecturers provide instruction on a specific topic to students, typically at the post-secondary level. They often provide this instruction in a college or university setting, but in the United States they are commonly not full-time tenured professors. They frequently work part-time, and may only be teaching a single course. They review material in the chosen curriculum, explain concepts and theories, and may demonstrate techniques for practical skills using equipment or technologies that are standard for that field.

Lecturers typically have a master’s degree in the subject area in which they are teaching, although in some cases a bachelor’s degree combined with significant professional experience may be acceptable. They must have extensive knowledge of the subject area in which they are teaching, and proficiency using any tools or technology programs that students would need to use as part of the course.

EducationGraduate Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.4 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.2 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Lecturer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$101,435 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $101K
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Lecturer Career Path

Learn how to become a Lecturer, 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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Lecturer Insights

Read what Lecturer professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Manchester Metropolitan UniversityManchester Metropolitan University
Sep. 6, 2020

“online assessment and then i went to do an online interview followed by an in person interview with 2 people which was good”

Utah State UniversityUtah State University
Jan. 10, 2022

“We have been given the responsibility to organize our classes in ways that best optimize learning and successful outcomes.”

University of JohannesburgUniversity of Johannesburg
Junior Lecturer
Aug. 19, 2021

“But that salary was quite low for what often equated to an eighty hour week.”

Fanshawe CollegeFanshawe College
Sessíonal Lecturer
Apr. 16, 2021

“Great collaborative environment to work; the best of the several colleges I have instructed at in the province.”

New OrientalNew Oriental
Korean VIP Course Lecturer
Apr. 1, 2021

“More career opportunities and good for none work experience student”

Panimalar Institute of Technology
Aug. 9, 2019

“Good college and nice to work”

Cornell UniversityCornell University
Nov. 1, 2020

“Professional development and mentoring available but not encouraged or supported.”

SEGi UniversitySEGi University
Senior Lecturer
Dec. 9, 2019

“CEO is good and understanding.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a lecturer

When working as a lecturer, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Teaching Experience, Graduate Level, English, Excellent Communication and IN Spanish.

The most similar professions to lecturer are:
  • Professor
  • Instructor
  • English Teacher
  • Teacher

The most common qualifications to become a lecturer is a minimum of a Graduate Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.