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    Question Full-time online professor pay

    There is been a lot of discussion on how much money part time online adjunct professors make, but how much money do full-time online professors make? Do not-for-profits pay their online professors more than for-profits?

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    Quote Originally Posted by me again View Post
    Do not-for-profits pay their online professors more than for-profits?
    And why would they?
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    Historically, part-time online professors have far outnumbered the full-timers. As this IHE news story says:

    Full-time teaching gigs are rare in online higher education, which has a business model built on cheap labor with flexible hours.
    The story notes that Grand Canyon University recently offered full-time work to 98 online adjuncts (out of 2,000). It also states that the University of Maryland University College employs 215 full-time faculty members (out of 2,200), and that the American Public University System has 320 full-timers (no total was provided).

    But the point is that only a relatively small fraction of online faculty are full-time. And if that is the case, it may be hard to get good data on salaries.

    The IHE story also notes that "full-time" is different from "tenure-track":

    Tenure is virtually unheard of in online education. The jobs at Grand Canyon are not tenure-track, and professors are at-will employees who can be terminated if they don’t perform well. They don’t have the same academic freedom tenured professors would. But it’s a step up from being an adjunct ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by me again View Post
    How much money do full-time online professors make?
    Is anyone here a full-time online professor? If you get healthcare benefits, then you're probably classified as being full-time.

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    I would be interested in knowing also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by me again View Post
    Is anyone here a full-time online professor? If you get healthcare benefits, then you're probably classified as being full-time.
    I am not full time for any one online position, but one of the schools that I teach for gives full time benefits if you teach a certain amount per year, which I have consistently qualified for, for about 12 years now. This includes health care, vision and dental for me and for my family (just my husband now as all kids are grown and married). My plan is quite a lot better than the plan offered by my husband's employer, so we both are on my plan.
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    I am "full-time" but split between 7 schools. I made $68k last year - but that includes taking off 4 weeks on 2 occasions (birth of son, PhD defense). If I had accepted the courses that I turned down, I think $80k would have been possible.

    I have been offered full-time only once (several of those schools are B&M with a smallish online presence). I went through the process at UOP before bailing before the final stage. One of the questions in the hiring process for them (well, Apollo Group) was: "Would you be willing to work full-time for $60k?"

    So there.

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    Full time online IT course mentors at WGU requires doctorate and starts around $57,000. A full time student mentor requires masters and starts low 50's I think. These are for the IT field and I'm not sure if area of teaching makes a difference in salary.

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    I am full-time for APUS. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, insurance, 401K, money for professional development activities, free tuition at APUS, and a few other things. Full-time pay starts at about $55K and increases with promotion. There are also several opportunities to teach students in an overage capacity at $150 per student once you hit your contract numbers for the year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jam937 View Post
    Full time online IT course mentors at WGU requires doctorate and starts around $57,000. A full time student mentor requires masters and starts low 50's I think. These are for the IT field and I'm not sure if area of teaching makes a difference in salary.
    Wow! There is no reason to get Ph.D for pay increase. However, the work schedule is flexible so you be with your kids all day.
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    Not many people are financially willing and able to go from $100k IT job to $55k teaching IT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jam937 View Post
    Not many people are financially willing and able to go from $100k IT job to $55k teaching IT.
    According to Payscale IT professionals don't make $100k. Are there some who do? Probably. But it looks like most don't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AV8R View Post
    According to Payscale IT professionals don't make $100k. Are there some who do? Probably. But it looks like most don't.

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    According to a friend of mine said that he made $150K in 2012 as Senior Network Engineer in Washington D.C. I live in Northern Virginia, and hate working in DC...so I work in NOVA. I make only close to $100K, but since my company lost the contract and I had to accepted 34% paycut for temporary. However, I have never made over $100k by one source of income.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AV8R View Post
    According to Payscale IT professionals don't make $100k. Are there some who do? Probably. But it looks like most don't.

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    It is not as unusual as you may think especially if you work in healthcare and know HL7.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TEKMAN View Post
    Wow! There is no reason to get Ph.D for pay increase. However, the work schedule is flexible so you be with your kids all day.
    I would disagree with this assuming that a person does not go significantly in debt getting a Doctorate. I received an immediate increase of $5K per year at APUS with my Doctorate that I got for less than $15K at Valdosta State (only $5K out of pocket - the rest from employer TA at my normal job).
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    It looks like the average pay for a FT online professor is between 50-60k, excluding the IT field. For those of you who are FT, did you have to sign a no-compete clause in your contract, meaning you won't teach for competitors?

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