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

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

Psychology Professors

Psychology Professors teach courses in psychology, such as child, clinical, and developmental psychology, and psychological counseling. 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
$89960 per year

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$41,480 to $57,200 per year

Entry-level Postsecondary Psychology Teachers with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $41,480 to $57,200 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 Psychology 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%) $* $155,800
Senior (Top 25%) $* $108,920
Middle (Mid 50%) $* $78,180
Junior (Bottom 25%) $* $57,200
No experience (Bottom 10%) $* $41,480

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
CA $* $121,110
NY $* $106,570
DC $* $106,050
NV $* $104,870
MA $* $99,550
IA $* $97,480
IN $* $96,380
NJ $* $91,620
OR $* $91,430
PA $* $91,040

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

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

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Junior Colleges $90600 $*
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $89850 $*
Technical and Trade Schools $62970 $*

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