How Much Do College Professors Make?


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The median salary for college professors, also known as postsecondary teachers, was $68,970 a year in 2012. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $35,670 and the highest 10 percent earned more than $142,270 per year.

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Employment of college professors is projected to grow by 19 percent from 2012 to 2022 which is faster than the average for all occupations. Competition for tenured positions is expected to be high while opportunities for part-time and adjunct faculty will be more readily available. Some specialties such as nursing and health will have better job prospects as compared to opportunities in fields such as the humanities.

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