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Earnings vary by the departments professors work in, by the size of the school, by the type of school (e.g., public, private, women's only), and by the level of position the professor holds. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the annual mean wage for all postsecondary teachers was $85,190 in May 2018, but salaries varied by academic discipline and individual experience. For example, annual mean wages for criminal justice and law enforcement teachers were $72,390, while law professors earned $130,710. Some new college teachers at small schools earn as little as $30,000.  

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