Assistant Professor Salary in India

Assistant professor/Lecturer pay scale in India has improved by 3.2% after the 6th pay commission. As per the Central Government regulations and 6th pay commission, instead of GP (‘Grade Pay’), AGP (‘Academic Grade Pay’) will be used.

The various grades of pays are INR 6,000, INR 7,000, INR 8,000, INR 9,000, INR 10,000 and INR 12,000 for teachers of assistant professor/ lecturer level, (the difference is subject to years of experience). Some of the health and other benefits offered are –

  • 5 non-compoundable advance increments
  • Medical benefits (36%)
  • Dental benefits (5%)
  • Vision benefits (2%)

Quick Facts

  • The percentage of males for assistant professor/ lecturer posts in India is 68.
  • The percentage of females for assistant professor/ lecturer posts in India is 32.
  • The average salary range for female assistant professor/ lecturers in India – INR 2.40 Lakhs to INR 4.50 Lakhs
  • The average salary range for male assistant professor/ lecturers in India – INR 2.5 Lakhs to INR 5 Lakhs.
  • Percentage of assistant professor/ lecturers in India with less than 1 year experience – 8
  • Percentage of assistant professor/ lecturers in India with 1 to 4 years of experience – 47
  • Percentage of assistant professor/ lecturers in India with 5 to 9 years of experience – 27
  • Percentage of assistant professor/ lecturers in India with 10 to 19 years of experience – 16
  • Percentage of assistant professor/ lecturers in India with more than 20 years of experience – 2

Top Institutes in India as per Salary Range


Some of the top private institutes in India, paying highest salary range to assistant professor/ lecturers are as follows:

  • IIT
  • AIIMS
  • IIM
  • BITS
  • Anna University

Salary Range of Most Popular Educational Sectors in India are:

Educational Sector Salary Range (per year)
General Education (post secondary institutes) INR 1.75 Lakhs to INR 6 Lakhs
General Education (University) INR 1.75 Lakhs to INR 6 Lakhs
Technical Colleges INR 1.78 Lakhs to INR 6.19 Lakhs
Mechanical Engineering Institutes INR 1.85 Lakhs to INR 6.5 Lakhs
Biotechnology Institutes/ Research & Development Institutes INR 2 Lakhs to INR 6.24 Lakhs

Salary Range for Assistant Professor/ Lecturers as Per Various Degrees


Degree Salary Range (per year)
Master's Degree INR .85 Lakhs to INR 16.14 Lakhs
Master of Business Administration (MBA – Finance) INR 1 Lakh to INR 4 Lakhs
Master of Business Administration (MBA – Others) INR 1.30 Lakhs to INR 6.5 Lakhs
Doctorate Degree (PhD) INR 4 Lakhs to 9 Lakhs

Highest Salaries for Assistant Professor/ Lecturer Posts in India (as per City)

  • Pune, Maharashtra
  • New Delhi, Delhi
  • Ahmadabad, Gujarat
  • Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • Bangalore, Karnataka
  • Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
  • Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • Kolkata (Calcutta), West Bengal
  • Noida, Uttar Pradesh
  • Chennai, Tamil Nadu
  • Jaipur, Rajasthan
  • Faridabad, Haryana
  • Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
  • Indore, Madhya Pradesh

Highest Salaries for Assistant Professor/ Lecturer Posts in India (as per State)

  • Tamil Nadu
  • Maharashtra
  • Andhra Pradesh
  • Delhi
  • Karnataka
  • Uttar Pradesh
  • Gujarat

Pay Scale and Required Qualifications of Top Private Institutes for Assistant Professor/ Lecturers in India

Name of Institute Qualifications Required Pay Scale Perquisites Offered
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) 1st class PhD or equivalent with 3 years of research/teaching/industrial experience INR 12,000 – 18,300 + allowances (as per Central Government regulations) 1.Initial grant up to INR 1,00,000
2.Full funding to attend 2 national conferences in a year
3.For attending international conference, or for presenting paper, financial assistance up to INR 1,00,000 in a year.
4.Contingent grant of INR 4,000 in a year.
5.Reimbursement of 75% membership fee (for one international professional society).
All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) INR 15,600 – 39,100 NPA (applicable for medical candidates), subject to minimum scale of INR 30,000, with academic grade salary of INR 8,000.
Institutes having 4-tier faculty structure 1st class Ph.D. with very good academic and research publication record plus a minimum of 2 years-post PhD research/teaching/industrial experience INR 15,600-39,100 AGP of INR 8,000
Minimum basic of INR 30,000 (including advance increments)
Additional AGP of INR 8,000
Institutes with 3-tier faculty structure M.Tech in Engineering and PhD in Social Science, Science, and Humanities INR 15,600 -39,100 AGP of INR 7,000
3 advance increments to M.Tech
6 advance increments to PhD
Indian Institute of Management (IIM) PhD degree with a minimum of research/teaching/industrial experience. A fresh PhD is also considered on contractual basis. INR 15,600 – 39,100 AGP of INR 8,000

Growth Opportunity for Assistant Professor/ Lecturers

Under the UGC (University Grants Commission) rules and regulations, an assistant professor/ lecturer with a PhD degree will be promoted to the post of Associate Professor after completion of twelve years of service, of which 4 years at the AGP of INR 6,000, 5 years at the AGP of INR 7,000, and 3 years at the AGP of INR 8,000. Candidates working as assistant professor/ lecturers with an M.Phil degree or a postgraduate degree in a professional course will be moved to the post of Associate Professor after completion of 13 years of service. Candidates with neither M.Phil nor PhD degree will be qualified to become Associate Professor after completion of 14 years of service.

Academic Certifications required for an Assistant professor/ Lecturer The basic certifications needed for the post of assistant professor/ lecturers in UGC recognized institutes are as follows:

  • Overall good academic records, with a minimum of 55% in master’s level.
  • However, some leading institutes prefer candidates with a PhD degree.
  • Candidates need to qualify in NET (National Eligibility Test) or an accredited SET/SLET (State Level Eligibility Test).
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