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

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

History Professors

History Professors teach courses in human history and historiography. 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
$85630 per year

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$37,340 to $56,120 per year

Entry-level Postsecondary History Teachers with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $37,340 to $56,120 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 History 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%) $* $141,860
Senior (Top 25%) $* $104,110
Middle (Mid 50%) $* $76,890
Junior (Bottom 25%) $* $56,120
No experience (Bottom 10%) $* $37,340

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
CA $* $118,290
RI $* $112,740
MA $* $107,780
DC $* $107,150
NY $* $100,800
IL $* $96,080
ID $* $94,560
NH $* $93,650
NV $* $93,380
OR $* $92,820

* Postsecondary History Teachers are generally paid on an annual basis not hourly.

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Postsecondary History 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 History Professors are in the states of CA, RI, MA, DC and NY.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $87050 $*
Junior Colleges $81280 $*

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