Columnist Statistics in the US

The average employee age for columnists is 39 years. The columnist workforce reached a whopping 3,611 in 2020!

Among columnists, we discovered that 45.0% of them are women, while 50.1% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among columnists is White, which makes up 70.0% of all columnists. Comparatively, there are 13.5% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 7.4% of the Black or African American ethnicity. Columnists are also more likely to work at private companies in comparison to education companies. Taking it a step further, columnists are more likely to find a job in the media industry.

From where do we know all information about columnist demographics? We analyzed 5,984 columnists 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.

Columnist Diversity

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

Columnist Gender Ratio

Among columnists, 45.0% of them are women compared to 50.1% which are men.

Job Title
  • Male, 50.1%
  • Female, 45.0%
  • Unknown, 4.9%

Columnist Ethnic Breakdown

The most common ethnicity among columnists is White, which makes up 70.0% of all columnists. Comparatively, there are 13.5% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 7.4% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

Job Title
  • White, 70.0%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 13.5%
  • Black or African American, 7.4%
  • Asian, 6.9%
  • Unknown, 1.7%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.5%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Columnists

The chart below shows that 41.5% of columnists speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 16.2% and Chinese is the third-most popular at 5.6%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 41.5%
  • French, 16.2%
  • Chinese, 5.6%
  • Mandarin, 4.9%
  • German, 4.9%
  • Other, 26.9%

Columnist 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 columnists.

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

Columnist Gender Over Time

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

Male
Female
59%
56%
53%
50%
47%
44%
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018

Columnist 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 columnists changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Age Based On Ethnicity And Gender

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

Male
Female

Number Of Years On The Job For Columnist

By looking over 5,984 columnists resumes, we figured out that the average columnist enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 32%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Columnist Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of columnist employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of columnists is 40+ years old, which represents 45% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

Comparing The Gender Ratio of Columnists with Other Job Titles

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, track announcer and public address announcer have the biggest difference in gender.

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Job Titleascdesc
Maleasc
Femaleascdesc
Deaf Interpreter16%77%
Educational Interpreter20%74%
Events And Communications Coordinator21%75%
Columnist50%45%
Sports Announcer87%9%
Public Address Announcer88%9%
Track Announcer89%11%
Male
Female
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
Track Announcer
Public Address Announcer
Sports Announcer
Columnist
Events And Communications Coordinator
Educational Interpreter
Deaf Interpreter
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Columnists 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 columnists.

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Job Titleascdesc
LGBTasc
Procedure Writer15.82%
Columnist19.36%
Playwright22.69%
Train Announcer25.03%
Foreign Language Interpreter27.03%
Copy Chief28.26%
Public Relations Writer30.27%

How Much Do Women Make Compared To Man As Columnist?

male-income
Male Income
$38,292
female-income
Female Income
$37,955

Columnist Income By Gender And Race/Ethnicity

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

  • Male
  • Female
$39,630
$38,954
$38,278
$37,602
$36,926
$36,250
$35,574
Asian
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
White

Columnist 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
Educationascdesc
Incomeasc
Bachelor's Degree$38,954
Master's Degree$42,368

Columnist 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
$43,817
$42,368
$40,919
$39,470
$38,021
$36,572
$35,123
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree

Columnist Heatmaps

Where Are Columnists Located?

By looking through more than 5,984 resumes, we found that the most popular places for columnists are NY, New York and CA, San Francisco.

Number of Columnists

Columnist Employment Statistics

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

Company Size

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

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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 Columnist Work In

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

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Private

Public

Education

Government

Industry Concentration

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

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Media

Hospitality

Education

Manufacturing

Retail

Columnist Jobs