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Department Director Demographics in the US

The average employee age for department directors is 46 years. The department director workforce reached a whopping 27,755 in 2020!

Among department directors, we discovered that 43.3% of them are women, while 48.2% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among department directors is White, which makes up 66.4% of all department directors. Comparatively, there are 13.0% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 10.7% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

Department Director Statistics and Facts in the US

After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 27,755 department directors currently employed in the United States.
  • 43.3% of all department directors are women, while only 48.2% are men.
  • The average age of an employed department director is 46 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of department directors is White (66.4%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (13.0%) and Black or African American (10.7%).
  • The majority of department directors are located in NY, New York and IL, Chicago.
  • Department directors are most in-demand in New Orleans, LA.
  • Department directors are paid an average annual salary of $92,764.
  • New York, NY pays an annual average wage of $125,275, the highest in the US.
  • Department directors average starting salary is $59,000.
  • In 2021, women earned 92% of what men earned.
  • The top 10% of highest-paid department directors earn as much as $144,000 or more.
  • Rhode Island is the best state for department directors to live.
  • Department directors are more likely to work at private companies in comparison to education companies.

Department Director Statistics by Race

The most common ethnicity among department directors is White, which makes up 66.4% of all department directors. Comparatively, there are 13.0% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 10.7% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

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  • White, 66.4%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 12.9%
  • Black or African American, 10.7%
  • Asian, 7.4%
  • Unknown, 1.9%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.7%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Department Directors

The chart below shows that 39.8% of department directors speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is Chinese at 14.5% and Mandarin is the third-most popular at 9.2%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 39.8%
  • Chinese, 14.5%
  • Mandarin, 9.2%
  • French, 8.6%
  • Portuguese, 4.3%
  • Other, 23.6%

Types of Department Director Degree Levels

We assessed our data to determine the typical level of education for department directors. The most common degree for department directors is bachelor's degree. In fact, 51% of department directors earn that degree. A close second is master's degree with 18% and rounding it off is associate degree with 11%.

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  • Bachelors degree, 51%
  • Masters degree, 18%
  • Associate degree, 11%
  • Doctorate degree, 5%
  • Other Degrees, 15%

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Department Director Employment Statistics

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

Company Size

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

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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 Department Director Work In

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

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Top Industries Hiring Department Directors

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ department directors. Those industries include health care, education and non profits.

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Health Care


Fortune 500

Non Profits


Department Director Diversity

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

Department Director 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 department directors.

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

Department Director Gender Over Time

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


Department Director 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 department directors changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Average Age of a Department Director Based On Race And Gender

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


The Average Number of Years That Department Director Stay in a Job

By looking over 4,067 department directors resumes, we figured out that the average department director enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 35%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Department Director Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of department director employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of department directors is 40+ years old, which represents 72% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

Department Director Male to Female Ratio

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, pipeline superintendent and agronomy research manager have the biggest difference in gender.

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Job Titleascdesc
Early Childhood Services Coordinator11%86%
Community Health Nursing Director12%86%
Parent Educator12%83%
Department Director48%43%
Project Superintendent94%3%
Agronomy Research Manager94%4%
Pipeline Superintendent95%3%
Pipeline Superintendent
Agronomy Research Manager
Project Superintendent
Department Director
Parent Educator
Community Health Nursing Director
Early Childhood Services Coordinator

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Department Directors 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 department directors.

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Job Titleascdesc
Pipeline Superintendent7.96%
Research And Development Program Manager15.08%
Market Master15.36%
Hospital Wellness Coordinator21.51%
Night Auditor And Night Manager21.82%
Department Director28.57%
Vocational Rehabilitation Administrator29.21%

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Department Director Gender Pay Gap

Male Income
Female Income

Department Director Income By Gender And Race/Ethnicity

We found interesting that Asian men and White men make more money compared to others.

  • Male
  • Female
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino

Department Director 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$88,425
Some College/ Associate Degree$99,851
Bachelor's Degree$111,646
Master's Degree$128,506
Doctorate Degree$152,657

Department Director 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

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Department Director Heatmaps

The amount you can make as a department director can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of department directors is $110,650. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Department Directors Earn The Most?

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

Average Salary

Where Are Department Directors Located?

By looking through more than 4,067 resumes, we found that the most popular places for department directors are NY, New York and IL, Chicago.

Number of Department Directors

Where Are Department Directors In High Demand?

We looked over job openings to determine where in the country department directors are in the most demand.

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