The Salary of a Language Professor

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Language professors earn different wages based on the type of school that employs them.
Language professors earn different wages based on the type of school that employs them. (Image: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Professors in postsecondary educational institutions may teach either the English language or foreign language, including French, German, Spanish and any languages outside of English. As part of their classes, they may also focus on the classic literature of that language. The salary of a language professor depends on his level of experience, the type of educational institution he teaches in and his location.

English Language Professor Salary

English language professors in the United States earned an average salary of $65,860 as of May 2009, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Salaries ranged from $33,720 to $107,020, with the median salary at $58,870. In the 25th percentile, the annual wage was $43,700, and in the 75th percentile, the annual wage was $80,900.

English Language Professor Industry and Location

English language professors working in colleges, universities and professional schools earned an average salary of $65,570, while those in junior colleges earned an average of $66,690, according to the bureau. In technical and trade schools, the average is lower at $50,770 annually, while those professors working either in business schools or in the industry of educational support services earn salary averages of $66,690 and $67,650 respectively. The highest paying state for English language professors was New York with a salary average of $85,190, followed by California at $83,430.

Foreign Language Professor Salary

In the U.S., foreign language professors earned an average income of $63,300 a year as of May 2009, states the bureau. The pay scale ranged from $33,320 to $103,030, with the annual wage in the 25th percentile at $42,900, the annual wage in the 75th percentile at $77,600 and the median salary at $56,740.

Foreign Language Professor Industry and Location

Colleges, universities and professional schools paid foreign language professors an average salary of $63,260, while junior colleges offered a higher average of $70,700. Foreign language professors also worked in technical and trade schools for the average salary of $48,450 a year, and in the industry of other schools and instruction for the average of $51,460 a year. Rhode Island had the highest salary average for foreign language professors at $89,180, followed by California at $80,320.

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