Average Salary for History Professors

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Average Salary for History Professors
A history professor leads class. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

History professors teach college classes in history. These instructors may cover topics, such as ancient history, modern history and postwar civilisations. Along with teaching, many college professors also conduct research and publish their findings in publications. History professors also prepare for classes, analyse and grade students' work, maintain attendance and initiate discussions.

National Salary

The mean annual wage, or average annual salary, for postsecondary history teachers was £45,032, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2009. Annual wages for postsecondary history teachers ranged from approximately £23,081 to £71,870. The lowest 10 per cent of employees earn less than £23,081 and the top 10 per cent of employees earn more than £71,870.


The PayScale website lists the annual salaries of postsecondary nursing instructors according to the years of experience. In November 2010, nursing instructors with one to four years of experience earned £15,871 to £29,015; five to nine years, £27,950 to £34,450; and 10 to 19 years, £28,494 to £39,677.


Colleges, universities and professional schools employed the largest number of postsecondary history professors with 15,820 employed and offered an average annual salary of £46,293, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2009. Junior colleges employed 5,920 postsecondary history professors and offered £41,899.

Top-Paying States

Rhode Island paid the highest average annual salary above all other locations to postsecondary history teachers, with £63,024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2009. Other places that offered high pay were California, £55,750; New York, £55,126; New Jersey, £52,253; and Massachusetts, £51,876.

Top-Paying Metros

Metropolitan areas may stretch across multiple counties and states. In May 2009, postsecondary history teachers in the Rochester, New York, metropolitan area earned an annual mean wage of £69,764. Other metropolitan areas that offered high pay were Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, California, £69,433; Providence-Fall River-Warwick, Rhode Island-Massachusetts, £61,860; Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, California Metropolitan Division, £58,656; Edison-New Brunswick, New Jersey, Metropolitan Division, £58,578.

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