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Life As a Professor

Job Description: All postsecondary teachers not listed separately.

Types of Professor Jobs

  • Industrial Arts Teacher
  • Metal Crafts Teacher
  • Adjunct Instructor
  • Urban Planning Teacher
  • Survey Research Teacher

Professor Job Outlook

In the United States, there were 236,500 jobs for Professor in 2016. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 9.4% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 22,200 new jobs for Professor by 2026. The BLS estimates 20,700 yearly job openings in this field.


The states with the most job growth for Professor are Utah, Colorado, and Nevada. Watch out if you plan on working in Vermont, Maine, or Alaska. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

How Much Does a Professor Make?

Professors make between $27,490 and $136,490 a year.


Professors who work in New York, Wisconsin, or Alaska, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Professors in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $36,330
Alaska $84,740
Arizona $68,880
Arkansas $57,420
Colorado $63,920
Delaware $65,720
Florida $61,440
Hawaii $60,840
Idaho $68,140
Illinois $66,970
Iowa $71,300
Kentucky $50,500
Maine $57,880
Minnesota $64,840
Montana $53,730
Nebraska $52,410
Nevada $58,280
New Hampshire $63,850
New Jersey $73,660
New York $112,000
North Carolina $70,590
North Dakota $68,580
Oklahoma $74,880
Rhode Island $85,080
Tennessee $53,390
Texas $61,660
Washington $74,330
West Virginia $67,490
Wisconsin $76,130
Wyoming $52,800

Where Professors Are Employed


Professors work in the following industries:



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