Professor (commonly abbreviated as prof.)[2] is an academic rank at most universities and colleges. The word professor comes from Latin. It means a "person who professes", being usually an expert in arts or sciences.[2] A professor is a teacher of the highest rank.[2] Professors are often active in research. In many institutions, the job title 'professor' is synonymous with that of an instructor.[3]



A professor is an accomplished and recognized academic. In most Commonwealth nations, as well as northern Europe, the title professor is the highest academic rank at a university. In the United States and Canada, the title of professor is also the highest rank, but a higher percentage achieve it.[4] In these areas, professors are scholars with doctorate degrees (typically Ph.D. degrees) or equivalent qualifications. Most professors teach in four-year colleges and universities. An emeritus professor is a title given to selected retired professors with whom the university wishes to continue to be associated due to their stature and ongoing research. Emeritus professors do not receive a salary. However, they are often given office or lab space, and use of libraries, labs, and so on.

The term professor is also used in the titles assistant professor and associate professor,[5] which are not considered professor-level positions in some European countries. In Australia, the title associate professor is used in place of reader, ranking above senior lecturer and below full professor.[6]

Beyond holding the proper academic title, universities in many countries also give notable artists, athletes and foreign dignitaries the title honorary professor, even if these persons do not have the academic qualifications typically necessary for professorship and they do not take up professorial duties. However, such "professors" usually do not undertake academic work for the granting institution. In general, the title of professor is strictly used for academic positions rather than for those holding it on honorary basis.


An adjunct professor, also called an adjunct lecturer or adjunct instructor is a non-tenure position in the U.S. and Canada. They usually rank below a full professor.[7] They are usually hired on a contract basis.[7] They are often hired as part-time instructors especially at universities and colleges with tightening budgets.[7] The position of an adjunct can often lead to a full-time professorship.[7] It is also an opportunity for professionals to teach part-time.


A professor's salary can vary by education, school, subject taught and country. A professor typically earns a base salary and a range of benefits. In addition, a professor who undertakes additional roles in her institution (e.g., department chair, dean, head of graduate studies, etc.) earns additional income. In the United States, in 2014, a tenured Law professor made an average of $143,509 a year.[8] By comparison, those teaching history, English, the Arts or Theology make about half that amount.[8]

Average by country

Country[9] Average/month[9] Average/week[9]
Australia 5,945 AUD
Brazil 2,604 reals 26.9
Canada 4,631 CAD 36.0
Czech Republic 21,064 CSK 33.5
Finland 3,155 euros (men) 36.4
Germany 4,902 euros
Hungary 242,296 HUFs
Italy 4,220 euros
Japan 582,421 yen
Kuwait 960 dinars 36.0
Latvia 419 lats 29.8
Mexico 13,877 pesos 42.0
Peru 2,583 PEN
Philippines 19,524 PHP
Portugal 1,519 euros 36.8
Romania 2,168 RON (men) 38.8
Thailand 21,067 THB (men) 38.0
United Kingdom 3,119 GBP 36.0
United States 6,103 USD 32.3

Related pages


  1. "Madeleine Albright teaches international relations at Georgetown" . Business Insider Inc. Retrieved February 5, 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Douglas Harper. "Professor" . Online Etymology Dictionary. Retrieved February 5, 2017.
  3. Errol Craig Sull (January 28, 2010). "Instructor or Professor, It's Not Your Title but What You Do That's Important" . Faculty Focus/Magna. Retrieved February 5, 2017.
  4. "The Ever-Shrinking Role of Tenured College Professors (in 1 Chart)" .
  5. "Associate Professor - definition of associate professor by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia" . Retrieved February 5, 2017.
  6. "Australia, Academic Career Structure • European University Institute" .
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 "How to Become an Adjunct Professor: Job, Education, Salary" . Concordia University. September 1, 2015. Retrieved February 5, 2017.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Akane Otani (March 17, 2015). "The Highest-Paid Professors in the U.S." Bloomberg, L.P. Retrieved February 5, 2017.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 "Professor Salaries - International Comparison" . Retrieved February 5, 2017.

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