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Updated July 11, 2022

Average Professor Salary

$158,407 yearly
To create our salary estimates, Zippia starts with data published in publicly available sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Foreign Labor Certification Data Center (FLC) Show More

$76.16 hourly

Entry level Salary
$86,000 yearly
$86,000
10 %
$158,407
Median
$290,000
90 %

How much does a Professor make?

Professors make $158,407 per year on average, or $76.16 per hour, in the United States. Professors on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $86,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $290,000.

Location impacts how much a professor can expect to make. Professors make the most in California, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Nevada.

Highest Paying States For Professors

The darker areas on the map show where professors earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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Professor average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1Oregon$147,744$71.03418
2California$180,864$86.951,108
3Massachusetts$161,954$77.86372
4Pennsylvania$138,467$66.57839
5Michigan$140,361$67.48348
6Connecticut$168,319$80.9284
7District of Columbia$151,086$72.64135
8New York$171,370$82.39
9New Mexico$139,520$67.0888
10Nevada$156,773$75.3725
11Alabama$132,462$63.68246
12Utah$153,606$73.85
13Rhode Island$132,631$63.7658
14New Jersey$132,792$63.84567
15Mississippi$123,774$59.51160
16Maine$130,219$62.6158
17Washington$140,743$67.66241
18Oklahoma$132,025$63.4775
19Louisiana$125,103$60.15205
20Arizona$137,183$65.95129
21Texas$135,296$65.05
22Colorado$124,996$60.09588
23West Virginia$115,630$55.59157
24North Carolina$122,595$58.94499
25Arkansas$128,485$61.7763
26Minnesota$128,989$62.01279
27North Dakota$125,255$60.2225
28Virginia$117,154$56.32816
29Vermont$113,755$54.6982
30Indiana$120,480$57.92169
31Ohio$116,112$55.82396
32Kentucky$109,527$52.66250
33Alaska$104,834$50.4063
34Maryland$125,129$60.16229
35Nebraska$110,184$52.97136
36Idaho$124,816$60.0133
37New Hampshire$123,856$59.5534
38Iowa$106,755$51.32201
39Delaware$114,179$54.8942
40Missouri$109,350$52.57225
41Montana$102,753$49.4086
42Georgia$109,527$52.66369
43South Carolina$103,362$49.69291
44Wisconsin$99,801$47.98275
45Wyoming$102,401$49.2319
46Illinois$103,034$49.54447
47Kansas$101,954$49.0285
48Hawaii$96,393$46.349
49Tennessee$102,713$49.38
50South Dakota$101,565$48.83
51Florida$89,553$43.05504

Highest Paying Cities For Professors

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Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Berkeley, CA$195,445$93.96
2New York, NY$194,716$93.61
3New Haven, CT$186,015$89.43
4Boston, MA$172,061$82.72
5Washington, DC$169,359$81.42
6Lubbock, TX$151,759$72.96
7Detroit, MI$150,267$72.24
8Philadelphia, PA$148,029$71.17
9Seattle, WA$142,269$68.40
10Durham, NC$132,423$63.66
11Baltimore, MD$131,422$63.18
12Minneapolis, MN$131,102$63.03
13Aurora, CO$127,237$61.17
14Cleveland, OH$124,769$59.99
15West Lafayette, IN$124,767$59.98

Professor Salary Details

Professor Salary

What is a Professor's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$290,000$24,167$139
75th Percentile$217,000$18,083$104
Average$158,407$13,201$76
25th Percentile$115,000$9,583$55
10th Percentile$86,000$7,167$41

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Adjunct Faculty$73,929$6,161$35.5426,791
Faculty$71,091$5,924$34.1821,142
Adjunct Faculty Member$68,941$5,745$33.1428,981
Faculty Member$83,205$6,934$40.0030,325
Music Internship$64,948$5,412$31.2349,414
Instructor, Adjunct Faculty$67,955$5,663$32.6737,739

Which Companies Pay Professors The Most?

According to our most recent salary estimates, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and Univ. Of Texas Cancer Ctr. Are the highest paying companies for professors.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center$252,969$121.6254
2Univ. Of Texas Cancer Ctr.$231,108$111.1112
3Vanderbilt University Medical Center$217,406$104.521
4Oregon State University$215,042$103.39
5University of Washington$206,758$99.40
6Tulane University$205,680$98.88
7New York University$204,033$98.09109
8University of Kentucky$202,548$97.38215
9UT Southwestern Medical Center$200,302$96.30
10Northwestern University$198,150$95.26
11University of California, Berkeley$198,008$95.20108
12LA State University Continuing$196,665$94.55149
13Yale University$196,253$94.351
14Massachusetts Institute of Technology$195,455$93.972
15Oregon Health & Science University$195,263$93.8884
16University of California$193,333$92.951
17Montana State University$193,036$92.81125
18University of Massachusetts Medical School$190,770$91.72
19Washington State University$190,317$91.50
20University of Colorado Boulder$189,849$91.275

Professor Salary Trends

Average Professor Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

    Professor Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$158,000$76.16+0.2%
    2021$158,000$75.98-0.6%
    2020$159,000$76.45+4.3%
    2019$152,000$73.14-2.6%
    2018$156,000$75.02+4.8%

    Recently Added Professor Salaries

    Company  Job  Location  Date Added  Salary  
    University of ColoradoOpen Rank Professor Series-FCB Docs LeadAurora, CO05/10/2022$50,752
    University of ColoradoProfessor (Open Rank)Aurora, CO04/17/2022$186,000
    University of ColoradoProfessor (Open Rank)Aurora, CO04/15/2022$186,000
    University of Advancing TechnologyBlockchain ProfessorTempe, AZ04/06/2022$60,000
    University of Colorado BoulderProfessor-Open RankBoulder, CO04/01/2022$100,000
    Oblate School of TheologyProfessor of SpiritualitySan Antonio, TX03/23/2022$114,033
    University of Wisconsin SystemProfessorMadison, WI03/23/2022$180,000
    University of Wisconsin SystemProfessorMadison, WI03/23/2022$180,000
    University of California, DavisProfessorSacramento, CA03/22/2022$675,000
    Ut Southwestern Medical CenterProfessorDallas, TX03/22/2022$165,000

    Professor Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Professors the most?

    California pays Professors the most in the United States, with an average salary of $180,864 per year, or $86.95 per hour.

    How do I know if I'm being paid fairly as a Professor?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Professor if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in New York you should be paid close to $171,370 per year.

    What type of Professor gets paid the most?

    Visiting Professor gets paid the most. Visiting Professor made a median salary of $97,169. The best-paid 10 percent make $136,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $69,000.

    Do college professors get paid well?

    Yes, college professors typically get paid well. The level of pay that a professor makes depends largely on their own merits and the institution's prestige they are working for.

    A professor's average starting salary per year is over $100,000. However, this can range from $80,000 in a year to over $200,000 per year.

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