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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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)
19,640 0.6 % (4) $ 82,990 0.4 %

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

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $ 46,560 $ 60,550 $ 77,030 $ 99,190 $ 129,130
  (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 14,900 0.50 (4) $ 79,810
Junior Colleges 4,260 0.69 (4) $ 96,050
Other Schools and Instruction 400 0.10 (4) $ 68,470

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 4,260 0.69 (4) $ 96,050
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 14,900 0.50 (4) $ 79,810
Other Schools and Instruction 400 0.10 (4) $ 68,470

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 4,260 0.69 (4) $ 96,050
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 14,900 0.50 (4) $ 79,810
Technical and Trade Schools (8) (8) (4) $ 69,890
Other Schools and Instruction 400 0.10 (4) $ 68,470


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.



Map of employment of foreign language and literature teachers, postsecondary by state, May 2021


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)
New York 1,530 0.18 1.26 (4) $ 97,740
Texas 1,470 0.12 0.86 (4) $ 70,250
California 1,420 0.09 0.61 (4) $ 136,080
Pennsylvania 1,300 0.23 1.67 (4) $ 85,380
Virginia 960 0.26 1.84 (4) $ 73,980


Map of location quotient of foreign language and literature teachers, postsecondary by state, May 2021


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 520 0.79 5.68 (4) $ 76,040
Hawaii 380 0.68 4.91 (4) $ 75,550
Rhode Island 150 0.32 2.31 (4) $ 94,090
Delaware 140 0.31 2.25 (4) $ 75,720
Virginia 960 0.26 1.84 (4) $ 73,980


Map of annual mean wages of foreign language and literature teachers, postsecondary by state, May 2021


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 1,420 0.09 0.61 (4) $ 136,080
Oregon 350 0.19 1.36 (4) $ 105,600
New York 1,530 0.18 1.26 (4) $ 97,740
Rhode Island 150 0.32 2.31 (4) $ 94,090
New Jersey 670 0.17 1.26 (4) $ 91,580



Map of employment of foreign language and literature teachers, postsecondary by area, May 2021


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 1,430 0.16 1.18 (4) $ 102,540
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 830 0.28 2.04 (4) $ 77,030
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 740 0.28 2.00 (4) $ 87,970
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 650 0.25 1.81 (4) $ 94,060
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 540 0.13 0.91 (4) $ 82,570
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 520 0.09 0.66 (4) $ 149,170
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 360 0.13 0.90 (4) $ 82,250
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 320 0.15 1.07 (4) $ 66,720
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 310 0.09 0.62 (4) $ 67,290
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 270 0.15 1.07 (4) $ 78,220


Map of location quotient of foreign language and literature teachers, postsecondary by area, May 2021


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)
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA 70 1.03 7.42 (4) $ 72,090
Ann Arbor, MI 150 0.74 5.33 (4) $ 82,770
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 50 0.63 4.55 (4) $ 75,870
New Haven, CT 130 0.48 3.44 (4) $ 86,950
Trenton, NJ 110 0.47 3.36 (4) $ 91,270
Johnson City, TN 30 0.40 2.86 (4) $ 68,250
Madison, WI 130 0.34 2.41 (4) $ 88,120
Duluth, MN-WI 40 0.32 2.30 (4) $ 69,640
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 130 0.30 2.16 (8) (8)
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 150 0.29 2.07 (4) $ 92,920


Map of annual mean wages of foreign language and literature teachers, postsecondary by area, May 2021


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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 520 0.09 0.66 (4) $ 149,170
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 80 0.05 0.38 (4) $ 130,560
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 140 0.13 0.96 (4) $ 129,250
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 50 0.05 0.36 (4) $ 127,110
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 200 0.14 1.03 (4) $ 124,080
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 160 0.07 0.51 (4) $ 122,450
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,430 0.16 1.18 (4) $ 102,540
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 180 0.16 1.17 (4) $ 99,310
Provo-Orem, UT 60 0.20 1.45 (4) $ 97,930
Fresno, CA 60 0.17 1.22 (4) $ 95,390

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)
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 50 0.28 1.98 (4) $ 60,060
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 50 0.51 3.64 (4) $ 74,490
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.24 1.69 (4) $ 55,680
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 40 0.25 1.76 (8) (8)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.11 0.82 (4) $ 55,260

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)
Northwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.57 4.07 (4) $ 76,250
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 50 0.51 3.64 (4) $ 74,490
North Missouri nonmetropolitan area 40 0.37 2.63 (4) $ 67,560
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 30 0.34 2.45 (4) $ 65,770
Big Thicket Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 30 0.30 2.14 (4) $ 58,710

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)
Northwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.57 4.07 (4) $ 76,250
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 50 0.51 3.64 (4) $ 74,490
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 30 0.23 1.62 (4) $ 68,920
North Missouri nonmetropolitan area 40 0.37 2.63 (4) $ 67,560
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 30 0.34 2.45 (4) $ 65,770


About May 2021 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 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022