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What Does it Take to Be a Professor?

Example of Professor Job All postsecondary teachers not listed separately.

Types of Professor

  • Industrial Arts Teacher
  • Interdisciplinary Professor
  • Assistant Professor
  • College Teacher
  • Medical Secretary Teacher

Job Outlook for Professors

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

Forecasted Number of Jobs for Professors in U.S.

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.

What is the Average Salary of a Professor

The salary for Professors ranges between about $27,490 and $136,490 a year.

Salary Ranges for Professors

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

How much do Professors make in each U.S. state?

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

Professor Sectors

The table below shows the approximate number of Professors employed by various industries.

Professor Industries


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