Where are the Best (and Worst) Places in the Country to be a Psychology Professor?

Imagine what life as an academic would be like if you actually got to choose what part of the country you live in. That is instead of letting such an important decision rest solely on where you happen to land a tenure-track faculty position (if you happen to land a tenure-track faculty position).

After exploring salaries for various academic disciplines in my last post, I decided to dig a little deeper in this post and investigate which regions of the country offer the highest (and lowest) median salaries for psychology professors. You know, just in case you’ve been itching to uproot your life and say, “to hell with tenure.”

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What is the Average Salary for a Psychology Professor?

In my last post, I tried to gauge the state of the academic job market in psychology by comparing the number of new doctoral graduates each year with the number of new tenure-track faculty positions that become available each year (or at least the number of positions posted to the psych jobs wiki each year).

Based on yearly comparisons going back to 2007, I estimated that the chances of securing a tenure-track faculty position right out of graduate school are quite low, possibly as low as 18% [1].

In this post, I want to address another important question that anyone on the academic job market should consider:

If you are fortunate enough to actually land a tenure-track position in psychology, what can you expect to be paid? And how will your salary as a psychology professor compare to the salaries of professors in other fields?

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