Median base pay: $87,244
Year-over-year pay growth: 2.6%
Job description: Professors teach students in a wide variety of fields, often in a postsecondary education setting. Classes may be taught by graduate teaching assistants, who are supervised by a professor. At colleges and universities,professors (together called the “”faculty”” of the school) are organized into departments based on the subject matter of their specialty, such as English, physics, Spanish, or music.