It’s a good thing the Chronicle offers actual data, more or less freely available. For the vast majority of academics, of course, a six-figure income isn’t possible. (The money’s fine. But it’s not “six figures.” And for most assistant and associate professors, it’s well off six figures–frequently below $45K. And if you break it down by discipline, I suspect that most of the crowd pulling in six figures or more is in the sciences/health area. The hateful, lazy humanities types scorned by the Phi Beta Cons crowd aren’t making anything comparable.)
Anecdotally, I can offer David French the comforting news that my promotion–one of only 2 I’ll ever get–netted me a grand total of . . . $61 per paycheck. At this rate, I’ll get to six figures . . . well, probably never.
*”Lunatic” because an essay about middle school teachers becomes an occasion to bash college professors. Acephalous has the details.