According to a recent Forbes article, foreign language and foreign literature teachers in postsecondary environments can make over $100,000 if you're one of the top 10%. The figure includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of both teaching and research. Sadly, no mention of those who just teach English literature....
The Top 10% Wage: $100,790
Median Wage: $51,900
Downshot? The total no. of jobs in the country are: 24,680. And I don't think the ones in the top 10% are planning on giving up their spot any time soon. :/ Go figure. The best paying are Junior colleges, interestingly enough. Especially in certain sections of California.
Area, ethnic and cultural studies teachers also do pretty well, especially in Columbus:
Top 10% Wage: $106,080
Median Wage: $56,380
Not surprisingly, the total no. of jobs in this area are lower: 7,350.
Hmm... Hamster wheel spinning. But for my readers and peers who are teachers, I hope this is encouraging! Or at least helps you justify a raise sometime soon...
On the other hand, you really don't want to know who falls under the 25 worst paying jobs...