How Much Does an English Professor Make?

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As of May 2010, 69,880 people worked as professors of English language and literature in the United States, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. English professors across the United States made an average of $67,920 per year. Annual salaries in the field ranged from $32,880 per year at the 10th percentile to $113,590 at the 90th percentile and varied among different types of post-secondary institutions.

Colleges and Universities

Roughly 56 percent of all English professors worked at four-year colleges, universities and professional schools, as of May 2010, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Salaries for English professors at these institutions averaged $67,140 per year. The lowest-paid 10th of all English professors at four-year colleges and universities earned $34,400 per year or less. The highest-paid 10th of English professors at these post-secondary schools made $108,370 per year or more.

Junior Colleges

Two-year public and private junior colleges were the highest-paying post-secondary school employers of English professors as of May 2010, reports the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Professors working at junior colleges made an average of $69,740 per year, roughly 3 percent above the nationwide mean rate of pay for English professors. Salaries for English professors at junior colleges ranged from $30,800 per year at the 10th percentile to $121,990 per year at the 90th percentile.

Business and Computer Schools

As of May 2010, the smallest post-secondary school employer group of English professors in the United States was institutions that specialize in business and computer training, but do not grant degrees, states the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. English professors working in these institutions received an average of $65,180 per year. Salaries for English professors at non-degree-granting business and computer training schools ranged from $32,380 per year at the 10th percentile to $100,740 per year at the 90th percentile.

Technical Schools

Post-secondary trade and technical schools were the lowest-paying post-secondary school employers of English professors as of May 2010, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Professors in these institutions made an average of $52,070 per year, roughly 23 percent below the nationwide mean rate of pay for English professors. The lowest-paid 10th of English professors at post-secondary technical and trade schools earned $28,540 per year or less, while the highest-paid 10th made $78,410 per year or more.

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