Adjunct Instructor Statistics in the US

The average employee age for adjunct instructors is 40 years. The adjunct instructor workforce reached a whopping 1,107,778 in 2020!

Among adjunct instructors, we discovered that 52.6% of them are women, while 42.9% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among adjunct instructors is White, which makes up 63.6% of all adjunct instructors. Comparatively, there are 13.1% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 11.6% of the Black or African American ethnicity. Adjunct instructors are also more likely to work at education companies in comparison to private companies. Taking it a step further, adjunct instructors are more likely to find a job in the education industry.

From where do we know all information about adjunct instructor demographics? We analyzed 36,272 adjunct instructors resumes to find out what the average demographics are for the job position. Just to be clear, by demographics we mean the study of population-based factors like age, race, and sex. On top of scouring through resumes, we also took note of job proposals from employers and Census Bureau data. And guess what? We found some pretty interesting information.

Adjunct Instructor Diversity

From race to gender and even age, we found the average demographic information on those who work as adjunct instructors. Keep reading to find out what the results for adjunct instructors were.

Adjunct Instructor Ethnic Breakdown

The most common ethnicity among adjunct instructors is White, which makes up 63.6% of all adjunct instructors. Comparatively, there are 13.1% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 11.6% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

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  • White, 63.6%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 13.1%
  • Black or African American, 11.6%
  • Asian, 7.8%
  • Unknown, 3.1%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.8%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Adjunct Instructors

The chart below shows that 45.1% of adjunct instructors speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 14.5% and German is the third-most popular at 7.6%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 45.1%
  • French, 14.5%
  • German, 7.6%
  • Italian, 6.0%
  • Russian, 4.3%
  • Other, 22.5%

Most Common Degree for Adjunct Instructor

We assessed our data to determine the typical level of education for adjunct instructors. The most common degree for adjunct instructors is master's degree. In fact, 54% of adjunct instructors earn that degree. A close second is bachelor's degree with 18% and rounding it off is doctoral degree with 15%.

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  • Bachelors degree, 47%
  • Masters degree, 29%
  • Associate degree, 10%
  • Certificate degree, 7%
  • Other Degrees, 7%

Adjunct Instructor Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2008-2018 among adjunct instructors.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Adjunct Instructor Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the adjunct instructor position over time.


Adjunct Instructor Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of adjunct instructors changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Age Based On Ethnicity And Gender

We determined the average age of adjunct instructors based on ethnicity and gender.


Number Of Years On The Job For Adjunct Instructor

By looking over 36,272 adjunct instructors resumes, we figured out that the average adjunct instructor enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 27%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Adjunct Instructor Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of adjunct instructor employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of adjunct instructors is 40+ years old, which represents 49% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

Comparing The Gender Ratio of Adjunct Instructors with Other Job Titles

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, guitar instructor and rescue instructor have the biggest difference in gender.

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Job Titleascdesc
Early Childhood Education Instructor11%85%
Ballet Teacher11%82%
Horseback Riding Instructor13%78%
Adjunct Instructor43%53%
Guitar Teacher78%17%
Rescue Instructor79%14%
Guitar Instructor84%12%
Guitar Instructor
Rescue Instructor
Guitar Teacher
Adjunct Instructor
Horseback Riding Instructor
Ballet Teacher
Early Childhood Education Instructor

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Adjunct Instructors with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to adjunct instructors.

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Job Titleascdesc
Library Technician6.75%
Bilingual Teacher Assistant7.64%
Education Coordinator8.68%
Correspondence School Instructor13.03%
Health Teacher13.66%
Adjunct Instructor13.71%
English Volunteer Teacher25.12%

How Much Do Women Make Compared To Man As Adjunct Instructor?

Male Income
Female Income

Adjunct Instructor Income By Gender And Race/Ethnicity

We found interesting that White men and Hispanic or Latino men make more money compared to others.

  • Male
  • Female
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino

Adjunct Instructor Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

All Race and Ethnicity
High School Diploma or Less$48,796
Some College/ Associate Degree$54,053
Bachelor's Degree$57,233
Master's Degree$66,806
Doctorate Degree$74,751

Adjunct Instructor Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

  • Asian
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White
High School Diploma or Less
Some College/ Associate Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate Degree

Adjunct Instructor Heatmaps

Where Do Adjunct Instructors Earn The Most?

The map here shows where adjunct instructors earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Adjunct Instructors Located?

By looking through more than 36,272 resumes, we found that the most popular places for adjunct instructors are NY, New York and IL, Chicago.

Number of Adjunct Instructors

Where Are Adjunct Instructors In High Demand?

We looked over job openings to determine where in the country adjunct instructors are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings

Adjunct Instructor Employment Statistics

This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ adjunct instructors. We found that the most common company type is education. In addition, the industry that employs the most adjunct instructors is the education industry.

What Percentage Of Adjunct Instructor Jobs Are Remote?

3.2% Remote

Freelance, outsourced or remote workers who spend much of their time working from home.

96.8% On-Site

Some of the vacancies require to stay on-site without possibility of working remotely.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire adjunct instructors.

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< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

The Types Of Companies Adjunct Instructor Work In

Employees with the adjunct instructor job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most adjunct instructors prefer to work at education companies over private companies.

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Industry Concentration

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ adjunct instructors. Those industries include education, hospitality and manufacturing.

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Non Profits

Health Care

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