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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

25-1124 Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary

Teach languages and literature courses in languages other than English. Includes teachers of American Sign Language (ASL). Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.


National estimates for Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary
Industry profile for Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary
Geographic profile for Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary

National estimates for Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Mean wage
RSE (3)
22,790 3.1 % (4) $ 80,410 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $ 40,970 $ 54,110 $ 69,920 $ 98,710 $ 135,800
  (4)

Industry profile for Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 16,740 0.55 (4) $ 76,950
Junior Colleges 4,730 0.69 (4) $ 96,440
Other Schools and Instruction 1,170 0.29 (4) $ 66,120

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Junior Colleges 4,730 0.69 (4) $ 96,440
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 16,740 0.55 (4) $ 76,950
Other Schools and Instruction 1,170 0.29 (4) $ 66,120

Top paying industries for Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Junior Colleges 4,730 0.69 (4) $ 96,440
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 16,740 0.55 (4) $ 76,950
Other Schools and Instruction 1,170 0.29 (4) $ 66,120


Geographic profile for Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 2,840 0.17 1.06 (4) $ 109,830
New York 1,910 0.22 1.34 (4) $ 97,400
Texas 1,600 0.13 0.81 (4) $ 66,740
Pennsylvania 1,350 0.24 1.49 (4) $ 79,470
Virginia 1,120 0.30 1.84 (4) $ 74,140




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 650 0.94 5.76 (4) $ 75,720
New Hampshire 250 0.40 2.43 (4) $ 85,710
Rhode Island 170 0.37 2.29 (4) $ 89,070
Virginia 1,120 0.30 1.84 (4) $ 74,140
Vermont 80 0.28 1.73 (4) $ 72,650




Top paying states for Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 2,840 0.17 1.06 (4) $ 109,830
New York 1,910 0.22 1.34 (4) $ 97,400
Rhode Island 170 0.37 2.29 (4) $ 89,070
Massachusetts 810 0.24 1.47 (4) $ 88,430
Florida 570 0.07 0.42 (4) $ 86,010





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,750 0.20 1.21 (4) $ 98,670
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,050 0.35 2.12 (4) $ 77,120
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,040 0.18 1.09 (4) $ 122,220
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 710 0.26 1.61 (4) $ 78,030
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 580 0.22 1.35 (4) $ 91,880
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 550 0.13 0.78 (4) $ 78,060
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 420 0.12 0.72 (4) $ 63,600
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 360 0.26 1.56 (4) $ 129,500
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 340 0.16 0.98 (4) $ 63,500
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 330 0.18 1.10 (4) $ 74,800




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eugene, OR 140 0.93 5.69 (4) $ 69,340
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA 60 0.93 5.67 (4) $ 67,540
Ann Arbor, MI 160 0.75 4.58 (4) $ 79,780
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 50 0.64 3.94 (8) (8)
Binghamton, NY 50 0.59 3.62 (4) $ 107,650
Syracuse, NY 120 0.42 2.59 (4) $ 70,960
Bellingham, WA 30 0.40 2.44 (4) $ 87,520
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 130 0.38 2.33 (4) $ 84,380
Madison, WI 140 0.37 2.27 (4) $ 82,770
Duluth, MN-WI 40 0.36 2.23 (4) $ 66,200




Top paying metropolitan areas for Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 360 0.26 1.56 (4) $ 129,500
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,040 0.18 1.09 (4) $ 122,220
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 90 0.09 0.54 (4) $ 118,390
Binghamton, NY 50 0.59 3.62 (4) $ 107,650
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 200 0.09 0.54 (4) $ 104,810
Rochester, NY 90 0.18 1.13 (4) $ 101,710
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 210 0.14 0.84 (4) $ 100,140
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,750 0.20 1.21 (4) $ 98,670
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 280 0.11 0.69 (4) $ 96,390
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 230 0.20 1.25 (4) $ 93,560

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Central-Southwest New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 130 1.30 7.96 (4) $ 97,900
North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (noncontiguous) 80 0.26 1.58 (8) (8)
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 70 0.41 2.48 (4) $ 68,510
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 70 0.34 2.06 (4) $ 63,130
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 60 0.37 2.25 (4) $ 63,310

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Central-Southwest New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 130 1.30 7.96 (4) $ 97,900
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 70 0.41 2.48 (4) $ 68,510
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 60 0.37 2.25 (4) $ 63,310
North Missouri nonmetropolitan area 40 0.37 2.24 (4) $ 64,410
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 30 0.34 2.08 (4) $ 62,420

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Central-Southwest New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 130 1.30 7.96 (4) $ 97,900
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.12 0.75 (4) $ 88,060
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 40 0.25 1.50 (4) $ 87,160
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 30 0.31 1.90 (4) $ 75,460
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) (4) $ 71,170


About May 2020 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(4) Wages for some occupations that do not generally work year-round, full time, are reported either as hourly wages or annual salaries depending on how they are typically paid.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021