Here's what college professors get paid at the 50 best public universities in America

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  • We took a look into how much professors at the 50 best public colleges in the US earn for their work.
  • Using rankings from US News and data from the Department of Education, we found the average salary for non-medical instructional staff.
  • Top-ranked UCLA has the highest average professor salary at just over $US162,000.
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College professors at the top public universities in the United States tend to do pretty well for themselves. That is to say, most of them are at least earning more money than the average K-12 public school teacher.

We took a look at the 2020 50 best public colleges and universities as ranked by US News and World Report and gathered data on the average salary for non-medical instructional staff normalized to a standard nine-month contract for the 2017-2018 school year from the Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System survey results. Many school rankings are tied.

We found that average salaries for professors tended to be higher at schools closer to the top of the rankings, with top-ranked UCLA also having the highest average professor salary at $US162,148.

Here are the average salaries for instructional staff at the top 50 public universities and colleges in the US, ranked in ascending order:


Auburn University

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US News national rank: 44 (TIE)

Average salary: $US91,861


Temple University

US News national rank: 44 (TIE)

Average salary: $US96,861


University of California-Merced

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US News national rank: 44 (TIE)

Average salary: $US95,315


University of Colorado-Boulder

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US News national rank: 44 (TIE)

Average salary: $US101,847


University of Oregon

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US News national rank: 44 (TIE)

Average salary: $US89,123


University of South Carolina

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US News national rank: 44 (TIE)

Average salary: $US96,576


University of South Florida

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US News national rank: 44 (TIE)

Average salary: $US91,188


University of Tennessee

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US News national rank: 44 (TIE)

Average salary: $US98,069


University of Utah

US News national rank: 44 (TIE)

Average salary: $US90,405


New Jersey Institute of Technology

US News national rank: 43

Average salary: $US114,220


Miami University-Oxford

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US News national rank: 39 (TIE)

Average salary: $US84,557


Stony Brook University-SUNY

Stony Brook University

US News national rank: 39 (TIE)

Average salary: $US101,513


University of California-Riverside

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US News national rank: 39 (TIE)

Average salary: $US115,251


University of Delaware

US News national rank: 39 (TIE)

Average salary: $US114,057


Colorado School of Mines

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US News national rank: 34 (TIE)

Average salary: $US102,643


Michigan State University

US News national rank: 34 (TIE)

Average salary: $US106,253


North Carolina State University-Raleigh

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US News national rank: 34 (TIE)

Average salary: $US98,011


University of California-Santa Cruz

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US News national rank: 34 (TIE)

Average salary: $US125,225


University of Iowa

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US News national rank: 34 (TIE)

Average salary: $US99,670


Binghamton University-SUNY

US News national rank: 31 (TIE)

Average salary: $US83,269


Indiana University-Bloomington

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US News national rank: 31 (TIE)

Average salary: $US93,585


University at Buffalo-SUNY

US News national rank: 31 (TIE)

Average salary: $US91,312


Virginia Tech

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US News national rank: 30

Average salary: $US101,535


Clemson University

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US News national rank: 27 (TIE)

Average salary: $US92,589


Texas A&M University-College Station

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US News national rank: 27 (TIE)

Average salary: $US102,767


University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

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US News national rank: 27 (TIE)

Average salary: $US106,604


University of Connecticut

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US News national rank: 24 (TIE)

Average salary: $US108,246


University of Maryland-College Park

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US News national rank: 24 (TIE)

Average salary: $US116, 219


University of Massachusetts-Amherst

US News national rank: 24 (TIE)

Average salary: $US111,840


Rutgers University-New Brunswick

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US News national rank: 22 (TIE)

Average salary: $US107,178


University of Washington

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US News national rank: 22 (TIE)

Average salary: $US114,011


Florida State University

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US News national rank: 18 (TIE)

Average salary: $US99,450


Pennsylvania State University-University Park

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US News national rank: 18 (TIE)

Average salary: $US102,273


Purdue University-West Lafayette

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US News national rank: 18 (TIE)

Average salary: $US109,552


University of Pittsburgh

US News national rank: 18 (TIE)

Average salary: $US97,541


Ohio State University-Columbus

US News national rank: 17

Average salary: $US111,006


University of Georgia

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US News national rank: 16

Average salary: $US100,687


University of Illinois—Urbana-Champaign

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US News national rank: 14 (TIE)

Average salary: $US110,178


University of Texas-Austin

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US News national rank: 14 (TIE)

Average salary: $US112,283


University of Wisconsin-Madison

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US News national rank: 13

Average salary: $US108,135


College of William and Mary

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US News national rank: 12

Average salary: $US100,829


University of California-Davis

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US News national rank: 11

Average salary: $US125,263


University of California-San Diego

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US News national rank: 10

Average salary: $US142,951


University of California-Irvine

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US News national rank: 9

Average salary: $US135,936


University of California-Santa Barbara

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US News national rank: 7 (TIE)

Average salary: $US136,700


University of Florida

US News national rank: 7 (TIE)

Average salary: $US107,263


Georgia Institute of Technology

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US News national rank: 5 (TIE)

Average salary: $US110,397


University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

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US News national rank: 5 (TIE)

Average salary: $US113,524


University of Virginia

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US News national rank: 4

Average salary: $US124,710


University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

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US News national rank: 3

Average salary: $US105,317


University of California-Berkeley

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US News national rank: 2

Average salary: $US149,427


University of California-Los Angeles

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US News national rank: 1

Average salary: $US162,148

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