How much money are physics professors in the US making?
Asking for how much a US Physics professor make will produce a statistics that can be very unhelpful, even misleading! One needs to be aware that the cost of living in, say, Macomb, IL (home of U. of Western Illinois) is wildly different than in Palo Alto, CA (home of Stanford University). In the former, you can buy nice, comfortably large home for barely $100,000. In the latter, good luck in finding a nice home for less than $700,000. Consequently, the income will reflect the cost of living in each of these places. It gives a misleading idea that a professor in a small, rural city does not have the same qualify of life and benefits as someone who makes more money living in Los Angeles, CA.