Neuroscience professors teach classes about neurons and the nervous systems of humans and other animals. These professors work in colleges, universities and other post-secondary institutions. The Bureau of Labor Statistics includes neuroscience professors as part of the broader category of biological science professors, so salaries for these professors may be different than those reported here.
There were about 54,810 post-secondary biological science teachers employed in 2009, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the category in which neuroscience professors are included. These professors earned an average yearly wage of about $87,220 per year, though the bureau does not report hourly wages for these workers. Professors in the top 10th percentile of earners made about $155,020 per year, while those in the lowest 10th percentile earned an average of $41,060 per year. The middle 50 percent earned about $73,980 per year
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The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the "colleges, universities and professional schools" sector employed the highest number of biological sciences professors in 2009. The estimated 42,380 professors in this sector earned an average of $91,440 per year. The second-most common sector for these workers, "junior colleges," employed an estimated 11,300 biological science professors who earned an average yearly wage of $66,350. The "scientific research and development" services sector, though employing only 290 biological science professors, paid the highest average wages of about $116,450 per year.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that biological science professors in Texas, Alabama, Massachusetts, Hawaii and New York had the highest average wages out of all states in 2009. Professors in Texas, the state with the highest average wages, earned about $115,170 per year, while those in Alabama, the second-highest paying state, earned an average of $109,990 per year. Professors in the fifth-highest paying state, New York, earned an average of $90,800 per year.
Metro Area Differences
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that biological science professors working in the Boston metropolitan area had the highest average wages out of all cities in 2009. The estimated 1,250 biological science professors working in this city earned an average salary of about $121,740 per year. The estimated 2,360 biological science professors working in the Houston, Texas, metropolitan area had the fifth-highest average wages out of all cities, earning about $102,750 per year.