States Where College History Professors Earn the Most Money

Find out where history professor salaries are highest and where they're lowest in the US.

States Where College History Professors Earn the Most Money
Joel Danielson

History professors are some of the most popular doctoral positions pursued by students in the United States. Not only do history professors get to teach the fascinating events and developments of history to classes of students, but they also often publish riveting history books on the subject matter they teach. But for history lovers who want to pursue a career in being a history professor, an important question to ask is how much is the average history professor salary in the US?

In order to identify where the average history professor salary is highest, BrokeScholar conducted a study on the annual wages of history professors across the country. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the national average history professor salary (referred to as “history teachers, postsecondary” by the BLS) is $86,460. However, the typical history professor salary can vary significantly from state to state. For example, in the highest-paying state for history professors, the average history professor salary is almost $40,000 higher than the national average,

Read on to find out where the average history professor salary is highest and where it’s the lowest.

10 States With the Highest History Professor Salaries

Geographically, the states where history professors earn the most money on average tend to be in the Northeast and the West Coast of the US. In five states plus the District of Columbia, the average history professor salary is in excess of $100,000 a year. Here’s a look at the 10 states where history professors earn the most money:

1. California History Professor Salary

Average annual wage: $134,260

Median annual wage: $126,460

2. Rhode Island History Professor Salary

Average annual wage: $117,020

Median annual wage: $100,130

3. Massachusetts History Professor Salary

Average annual wage: $110,460

Median annual wage: $100,510

*. District of Columbia History Professor Salary

Average annual wage: $103,620

Median annual wage: $96,450

4. New York History Professor Salary

Average annual wage: $101,230

Median annual wage: $98,030

5. Connecticut History Professor Salary

Average annual wage: $100,760

Median annual wage: $98,070

6. New Jersey History Professor Salary

Average annual wage: $97,860

Median annual wage: $96,450

7. New Hampshire History Professor Salary

Average annual wage: $97,380

Median annual wage: $96,450

8. Oregon History Professor Salary

Average annual wage: $97,220

Median annual wage: $95,570

9. Pennsylvania History Professor Salary

Average annual wage: $94,180

Median annual wage: $97,130

10. Illinois History Professor Salary

Average annual wage: $93,140

Median annual wage: $78,790

Interestingly, in one state — Pennsylvania — the median annual wage of history professors is higher than the average annual wage. In all the other top 10 highest-paying states for history professors have higher average annual pay than median annual pay. 

10 States With the Lowest History Professor Salaries

Now, looking at the flipside, we focus on the 10 states where the average history professor salary is lowest. Geographically, these states tend to be in the South and parts of the Midwest. The lowest-paying state for history professors has an average history professor salary that’s nearly half of the national average. Here’s a look at the 10 states where history professors earn the least money:

1. West Virginia History Professor Salary

Average annual wage: $46,460

Median annual wage: $46,260

2. Florida History Professor Salary

Average annual wage: $53,820

Median annual wage: $60,410

3. Oklahoma History Professor Salary

Average annual wage: $58,840

Median annual wage: $60,370

4. Arkansas History Professor Salary

Average annual wage: $58,880

Median annual wage: $60,140

5. Texas History Professor Salary

Average annual wage: $66,920

Median annual wage: $62,460

6. Iowa History Professor Salary

Average annual wage: $67,160

Median annual wage: $61,760

7. Mississippi History Professor Salary

Average annual wage: $67,700

Median annual wage: $61,460

8. Hawaii History Professor Salary

Average annual wage: $68,770

Median annual wage: $62,300

9. Georgia History Professor Salary

Average annual wage: $68,980

Median annual wage: $63,740

10. South Dakota History Professor Salary

Average annual wage: $69,260

Median annual wage: $63,740

West Virginia takes the cake as the lowest-paying state for history professors, with an average annual wage of $46,460. Interestingly, three of these states have higher median annual wages for history professors than average annual wages — Florida, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.

Table of All States and History Professor Salaries

Below you’ll find a table detailing the average history professor salary in every state that there is data available for. The BLS does not have wage data for history professors in three states: Alaska, Delaware, Idaho, and Wyoming. States are listed in alphabetical order, but their rank in terms of average annual history professor salary is included.

Rank

State

Average Annual Wage

Median Annual Wage

30

Alabama

$75,020

$65,460

*

Alaska

*

*

28

Arizona

$76,900

$77,630

43

Arkansas

$58,880

$60,140

1

California

$134,260

$126,460

31

Colorado

$74,970

$64,030

5

Connecticut

$100,760

$98,070

*

Delaware

*

*

*

District of Columbia

$103,620

$96,450

45

Florida

$53,820

$60,410

38

Georgia

$68,980

$63,740

39

Hawaii

$68,770

$62,300

*

Idaho

*

*

10

Illinois

$93,140

$78,790

11

Indiana

$88,820

$78,170

41

Iowa

$67,160

$61,760

35

Kansas

$72,760

$63,740

29

Kentucky

$76,880

$72,930

33

Louisiana

$74,660

$62,460

19

Maine

$82,220

$77,030

20

Maryland

$81,320

$77,630

3

Massachusetts

$110,460

$100,510

15

Michigan

$84,960

$81,250

12

Minnesota

$88,460

$79,410

40

Mississippi

$67,700

$61,460

36

Missouri

$70,890

$63,740

14

Montana

$86,140

$78,960

25

Nebraska

$78,560

$77,100

24

Nevada

$78,980

$77,100

7

New Hampshire

$97,380

$96,450

6

New Jersey

$97,860

$96,450

26

New Mexico

$78,120

$81,250

4

New York

$101,230

$98,030

23

North Carolina

$79,490

$74,620

22

North Dakota

$80,740

$77,630

21

Ohio

$81,270

$79,410

44

Oklahoma

$58,840

$60,370

8

Oregon

$97,220

$95,570

9

Pennsylvania

$94,180

$97,130

2

Rhode Island

$117,020

$100,130

34

South Carolina

$72,790

$63,000

37

South Dakota

$69,260

$63,740

32

Tennessee

$74,940

$75,720

42

Texas

$66,920

$62,460

16

Utah

$84,800

$81,460

13

Vermont

$88,390

$98,680

17

Virginia

$84,110

$77,630

27

Washington

$77,770

$77,050

46

West Virginia

$46,460

$46,260

18

Wisconsin

$82,760

$77,100

*

Wyoming

*

*