College Professor Statistics and Facts in the US

Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for College Professors in the United States. Our estimates are verified against BLS, Census, and current job openings data for accuracy. After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 135,097 College Professors currently employed in the United States.
  • 46.5% of all College Professors are women, while 48.8% are men.
  • The average age of an employed College Professor is 45 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of College Professors is White (69.4%), followed by Asian (10.9%) and Hispanic or Latino (9.8%).
  • The majority of College Professors are located in FL, Orlando and NY, New York.
  • College Professors are paid an average annual salary of $68,121.
  • College Professors average starting salary is $34,000.
  • In 2021, women earned 95% of what men earned.
  • The top 10% of highest-paid College Professors earn as much as $133,000 or more.
  • 13% of all College Professors are LGBT.
  • College Professors are more likely to work at Education companies in comparison to Private companies.

College Professor Statistics By Gender

Among College Professors, 46.5% of them are women compared to 48.8% which are men.

Job Title
  • Male, 48.8%
  • Female, 46.5%
  • Unknown, 4.7%
GenderPercentages
Male48.8%
Female46.5%
Unknown4.7%

Gender Pay Gap For College Professor

Women Earn 95¢ For Every $1 Earned By Men

male-income
Male Income
$66,571
female-income
Female Income
$63,235

College Professor Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the College Professor position over time.

Male
Female
57%
55%
53%
50%
48%
46%
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
YearMaleFemale
201052.45%47.55%
201152.98%47.02%
201252.66%47.34%
201352.22%47.78%
201451.09%48.91%
201551.93%48.07%
201651.59%48.41%
201752.19%47.81%
201851.61%48.39%
201951.18%48.82%

College Professor Male to Female Ratio

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, Diesel Technology Instructor and Assistant Professor Of Air Conditioning And Refrigeration have the biggest difference in gender.

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Job TitleMaleFemale
Nutrition Professor12%87%
Adjunct Nursing Faculty12%85%
Decorating Instructor13%87%
College Professor49%47%
Hvac/R Instructor90%4%
Assistant Professor Of Air Conditioning And Refrigeration94%3%
Diesel Technology Instructor95%4%

College Professor Statistics By Race

The most common ethnicity among College Professors is White, which makes up 69.4% of all College Professors. Comparatively, there are 10.9% of the Asian ethnicity and 9.8% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity.

Job Title
  • White, 69.4%
  • Asian, 10.9%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 9.8%
  • Black or African American, 7.2%
  • Unknown, 2.5%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.2%
College Professor RacePercentages
White69.4%
Asian10.9%
Hispanic or Latino9.8%
Black or African American7.2%
Unknown2.5%
American Indian and Alaska Native0.2%

College Professor Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2010-2019 among College Professors.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American
YearWhiteBlack or African AmericanAsianHispanic or Latino
201072.76%7.22%9.22%8.22%
201172.46%7.06%9.94%7.97%
201272.05%7.36%9.81%8.22%
201371.18%7.72%10.10%8.47%
201471.27%7.34%9.77%8.85%
201569.72%7.57%10.72%9.14%
201670.22%7.49%10.44%9.04%
201769.29%7.24%11.61%9.09%
201871.08%6.98%9.93%9.28%
201969.41%7.25%10.87%9.81%

College Professor Wage Gap By Race

$68,000
$67,000
$66,000
$65,000
$64,000
$63,000
White
Black or African American
Asian
Unknown
Hispanic or Latino
EthnicitySalary
White$64,794
Black or African American$63,970
Asian$67,340
Unknown$64,577
Hispanic or Latino$63,833

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Average Age of a College Professor

We determined the average age of College Professors based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female
RaceMale AgeFemale Age
American Indian and Alaska Native48
Asian3938
Black or African American4746
Hispanic or Latino4341
Unknown4037
White4847

College Professor Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of College Professor employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of College Professors is 40+ years old, which represents 65% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years


College Professor YearsPercentages
20-30 years13%
30-40 years22%
40+ years65%

Types of College Professor Degree Levels

The most common degree for College Professors is Bachelor's Degree 46% of College Professors earn that degree. A close second is Master's Degree with 33% and rounding it off is Doctoral Degree with 10%.

Job Title
  • Bachelors, 46%
  • Masters, 33%
  • Doctorate, 10%
  • Associate, 8%
  • Other Degrees, 3%
College Professor DegreePercentages
Bachelors46%
Masters33%
Doctorate10%
Associate8%
Other Degrees3%

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College Professor Wage Gap By Education

$84,000
$80,000
$76,000
$72,000
$68,000
$64,000
$60,000
Master's Degree
Doctorate Degree
EducationSalary
Master's Degree$63,235
Doctorate Degree$82,716

College Professor Employment Statistics

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

Company Size

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

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< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

Company SizePercentages
< 50 employees4%
50 - 100 employees5%
100 - 500 employees23%
500 - 1,000 employees18%
1,000 - 10,000 employees41%
> 10,000 employees10%

The Types Of Companies College Professor Work In

Employees with the College Professor job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most College Professors prefer to work at Education companies over Private companies.

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Education

Government

Private

Public

Company TypePercentages
Education65%
Government8%
Private17%
Public10%

Top Industries Hiring College Professors

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ College Professors. Those industries include Education, Government and Professional.

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College Professor Turnover And Employment Statistics

College Professor 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 College Professors changed.

  • Unemployment rate
YearCollege Professor Unemployment Rate
20103.13%
20113.11%
20123.14%
20133.31%
20142.86%
20152.61%
20162.42%
20172.51%
20182.40%
20192.23%

The Average Number of Years That College Professor Stay in a Job

By looking over 1,026 College Professors resumes, we figured out that the average College Professor enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 26%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years


Number or YearsPercentages
Less than 1 year14%
1-2 years26%
3-4 years14%
5-7 years16%
8-10 years8%
11+ years22%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of College Professors 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 College Professors.

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Job TitleLGBT
Graduate Student Assistant6.04%
Music Teacher9.52%
Reference Librarian10.75%
Special Education Teacher11.12%
College Professor12.94%
Library Technician13.69%
Curriculum Coordinator16.25%

Foreign Languages Spoken By College Professors

The most common foreign language among College Professors is Spanish at 50.0%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 11.0% and German is the third-most popular at 7.3%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 50.0%
  • French, 11.0%
  • German, 7.3%
  • Italian, 6.1%
  • Portuguese, 3.7%
  • Other, 21.9%
Foreign LanguagePercentages
Spanish50.0%
French11.0%
German7.3%
Italian6.1%
Portuguese3.7%
Other21.9%

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Where Are College Professors Located?

By looking through more than 1,026 resumes, we found that the most popular places for College Professors are FL, Orlando and NY, New York.

Number of College Professors

Where Are College Professors In High Demand?

We looked over job openings to determine where in the country College Professors are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings