If you're at a small university, or a liberal arts college, the numbers get even lower. For the level of investment you need to make in education, and for how long it takes you to get the job, being a professor is described as the worst economic decision you can make in your life.
But! But! The politicians of both parties say education is super important! They wouldn't just be blowing smoke, would they?
I should have watched more football growing up. :p