Where the Living Is Easy

 When strong salaries combine with low costs, professors can live the good life

No one is surprised that the best-paid professors are at the richest and most prestigious private institutions in the country. And it is no surprise that many of those institutions are located in the country's most expensive cities: Boston, New York, San Francisco, Washington.

Getting paid well over $100,000 may seem like the dream of every graduate student pining for a faculty job. (The