How Much Do English Literature Professors Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

English Literature Professors

English Literature Professors teach courses in English language and literature, including linguistics and comparative literature. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$81340 per year

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$39,320 to $52,060 per year

Entry-level Postsecondary English Language and Literature Teachers with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $39,320 to $52,060 per year. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

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Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Postsecondary English Language and Literature Teachers to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $* $141,190
Senior (Top 25%) $* $100,410
Middle (Mid 50%) $* $69,000
Junior (Bottom 25%) $* $52,060
No experience (Bottom 10%) $* $39,320

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
CA $* $124,250
NY $* $107,330
RI $* $94,400
ID $* $90,440
DC $* $88,970
CT $* $85,780
MA $* $84,040
NJ $* $83,360
MI $* $83,320
NH $* $82,680

* Postsecondary English Language and Literature Teachers are generally paid on an annual basis not hourly.

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Postsecondary English Language and Literature Teacher is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like CA doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at CA might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid English Literature Professors are in the states of CA, NY, RI, ID and DC.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Junior Colleges $86690 $*
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $78410 $*
Educational Support Services $57750 $*
Technical and Trade Schools $53870 $*
Other Schools and Instruction $39700 $*

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