Online Adjunct Pay

Discussion in 'Online & DL Teaching' started by DLAdvocate, Jun 14, 2005.

  1. DLAdvocate

    DLAdvocate New Member

    I am inerested to know what the pay is for adjuncts at places like Phoenix, AIU, Capella, Colorado Technical University, UMUC, Strayer, etc. Anyone here have direct knowledge or experience with pay from online schools or programs?
  2. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member


    $850 for 5-week undergraduate courses. Graduate courses are 6 weeks and proportionately higher. Rates go up for doctorate holders. After teaching 5 courses, faculty are eligible to have their pay bumped up $100 a course (or so). After three years, it bumps again.

    This is generally correct. The rates just went up, so I don't know them exactly anymore. I believe the online campus pays doctorate-holders more for U/G courses; they do for graduate courses. (Some campuses did for U/G courses, others didn't. Perhaps they all do now.)

    AMU pays per student, but I don't know the rates.

    Hope this helps.
  3. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    I believe Keiser College, which has only 4 week courses in undergraduate programs, pays $1,500 to instructors with a Master's and $1,800 to instructors with a doctorate.

  4. RFValve

    RFValve Well-Known Member

    I guess one needs to teach 20 courses a year just to make a living. A good rate of return for a doctorate.
  5. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    Teaching as an adjunct isn't supposed to be a "living."

    My rate of return for the doctorate is staggering, no matter how you calculate it. I make more than 2X what I did before graduating--and that was as a senior trainer with AT&T. I've already made up the cost of the degree, and a Union degree ain't cheap. ;)

    Funny, seldom is heard a complaint about such returns from people who've done it. :cool:

    (We had a thread on this subject, a "Would you return it and get your money back" kind of thing. I don't recall anyone with a doctorate from an accredited school saying they would.)
  6. PJFrench

    PJFrench member

    Interesting - we get paid by the hour. Government College $49 an hour, Professional/Trade License Colleges [Building license, Engineering etc] $75 and hour, University $115 for the 1st hour of a 3 hour block and then $86 an hour for the next 2. For straight marking of DE papers I get $8.50 a paper.

    For 'workplace training' as opposed to adjunct Uni work, I get $50 per trainee per 90 minute session and run groups of 4 through to 10 so that is $133 to $333 and hour. No 'status' and no academic challenge, but pays well, nice people, no pretence, no head-in-the-sand bosses.

    The weather is nice, Geroge Bush isn't here, there are no degree mills to speak of to dodge, more work than you can handle ... any takers?
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  7. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    Moreover, SACS does not allow instructors to teach more than 5 courses per semester. Keiser College has three semesters per year, meaning that an instructor can earn no more than $27,000.

    On the other hand, it's not that much work, and if you're an adjunct to eCampus you can be living like a king on a Thai beach with that kind of income.

  8. PaulC

    PaulC Member

    Just for clarification, it would be $27k if you have a doctorate and $22.5k with a Masters.
  9. Ike

    Ike New Member

    I believe that AIU pays better than (perhaps, all) other online schools. I have taught for 5 DL schools. UoP's adjunct pay is by far the least.
  10. mourningdove

    mourningdove New Member

    At some of the online schools where I work with a masters and 3 credit courses:
    15 weeks - 2,600
    8 week = 1,600
    8 week = 1,600
    6 week = 1,500 - 1,770 (extra paper)
    6 week = 1,600
    8 & 16 week = 130/student
  11. Tireman44

    Tireman44 member

    I think this is the same for the online courses. At Devry, I get paid 1800 dollars a course. At Tomball College, it is 1600 per course.
  12. DLAdvocate

    DLAdvocate New Member

    How many weeks are the courses at Devry? Does it change if there are 20 as opposed to 10 students?
  13. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member


    I responded to your PM, but your box is full. Clear some posts and mine will arrive, I think.
  14. Tireman44

    Tireman44 member

    There are 8 and 16 week courses. The 1800 is the same for both. If it is an 8 week course, you get paid at the end. If it is a 16 week, you get paid twice. I think it is the same for online classes. I teach on campus.
  15. Tireman44

    Tireman44 member

    As for me, the number of students does not matter. It takes nine to make, so if I get nine, then my class makes.
  16. blaketots

    blaketots New Member

    I have taught mostly online for community colleges. The pay is extremely different among them.

    Virginia Community College - $565/credit hour (15-week terms)
    North Carolina Community College - $1,000 per 3-credit hour course (16-week terms)
    Tennessee Community College - $455/credit hour (15-week terms)

    I also have inquired about teaching with other online universities such as Kaplan University, CTU, Park University, Strayer University, AIU, etc. Here is some basic info that I've found:

    $1,200 per course (6-week term)
    $1,850 per course (10-week term)
    $130 per student per course (capped at 25 students)

    The pay varies so much, but many of the schools charge in the same tuition range, so one has to wonder.
  17. RFValve

    RFValve Well-Known Member

    I get from 1800 to 3000 USD for online courses. The ones that pay 3K are normally 30 plus students so it takes as twice as much than the 1.8K that are normally 15 students. The lowest pay was at Jones International University since they pay per student and sometimes run courses with even one or two students for 300 bucks. The best place to work is Devry as you receive onground training and very competitive salary pays.
  18. AhwaGirl

    AhwaGirl New Member

    DeVry Online

    DeVry Online pays pretty well from what I can tell. It may vary by course, but I teach business courses and a 3 credit hour course pays $2300 and a 4 credit hour pays $2700. The terms run 8 weeks for these courses. It is important to add that DeVry has very specific requirements for instructors pertaining number of days in the threads, turnaround time for grades, emails, etc. So you earn your money. However, my experience has been nothing but good. They seem to be a very ethical bunch and treat instructors respectfully and fairly. I love working for DeVry. BTW, there is a maximum 33 credit hours per academic year (6, 8-week sessions) that adjuncts can teach.
  19. blaketots

    blaketots New Member

    I've tried to get on with Devry online for awhile, but they don't seem to have any business openings. Everything I see is for computer-related instructors. I'd appreciate it if you could send me a private message with a direct contact in the business department!
  20. Ike

    Ike New Member

    Hi Rich,

    I have cleared my mailbox.


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