Elementary school teachers making $47,000 ≠ college professors making $187,000.
This is getting way off subject in a conflatey' way.
I agree...however your average college professor still isn't making $187K (especially in VT).
VSC schools (which was the original topic of this thread) have even lower averages for each of these ranks than the VT overall averages.
This chart also doesn't include adjunct professors since they're paid per course not paid on a salary basis. My own college seems to have moved away from adjuncts towards using "Lecturers" instead since I graduated (at least in the department I was part of).
Additionally, most teaching faculty at a college are not full "professors". In most colleges it is very difficult to become a full professor and takes years. There are "professors" that I had 20 years ago at my school that are still only "Associate professors" and not full professors. A "Professor" is the highest academic rank at a college. When talking about salary data, it isn't a generic term.
And before you question the source of my data...
Faculty and staff pay data come from the U.S. Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Data System (Ipeds), comprising degree-granting colleges that participate in Title IV funding. The faculty data refer to full-time, nonmedical, instructional staff (either “instructional only” or “instructional combined with research and/or public service”) as of November 1 of the corresponding academic year.