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What Does it Take to Be a Professor?

Professor Job Description All postsecondary teachers not listed separately.

  • Metal Crafts Teacher
  • Braille Teacher
  • Computer Technology Instructor
  • Science Teacher
  • Adjunct Instructor

Professor Employment Estimates

There were about 236,500 jobs for Professors in 2016 (in the United States).

New jobs are being produced at a rate of 9.4% which is lower than average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 22,200 new jobs for Professors by 2026. There will be an estimated 20,700 positions for Professor per year.

Forecasted Number of Jobs for Professors in U.S.

The states with the most job growth for Professors are Florida, New York, and Michigan.

Watch out if you plan on working in Vermont, Maine, or Alaska. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Professor Salary

Professors Make between $27,490 and $136,490 a year. The median salary is $65,660.

Salary Ranges for Professors

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

Annual Mean Salary by State
State Annual Mean Salary

New York

$112,000

Rhode Island

$85,080

Alaska

$84,740

Wisconsin

$76,130

Oklahoma

$74,880

Washington

$74,330

New Jersey

$73,660

Iowa

$71,300

North Carolina

$70,590

Arizona

$68,880

North Dakota

$68,580

Idaho

$68,140

West Virginia

$67,490

Illinois

$66,970

Delaware

$65,720

Minnesota

$64,840

Colorado

$63,920

New Hampshire

$63,850

Texas

$61,660

Florida

$61,440

Hawaii

$60,840

Nevada

$58,280

Maine

$57,880

Arkansas

$57,420

Montana

$53,730

Tennessee

$53,390

Wyoming

$52,800

Nebraska

$52,410

Kentucky

$50,500

Alabama

$36,330

Who Employs Professors?

Professor Sectors

References

Bureau of Labor Statistics

College Factual

O*NET Online

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