Head Start Teacher Statistics in the US

The average employee age for head start teachers is 39 years. The head start teacher workforce reached a whopping 1,436,008 in 2020!

Among head start teachers, we discovered that 84.3% of them are women, while 12.0% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among head start teachers is White, which makes up 62.4% of all head start teachers. Comparatively, there are 18.7% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 11.2% of the Black or African American ethnicity. The majority of head start teachers are located in IL, Chicago and PA, Philadelphia.

Head start teachers are more likely to work at private companies in comparison to education companies. Taking it a step further, head start teachers are more likely to find a job in the non profits industry. Looking at head start teacher statistics, we found was that Rhode Island, New York, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Delaware are where head start teachers find the highest salaries.

From where do we know all information about head start teacher demographics? We analyzed 5,950 head start teachers 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.

Head Start Teacher Diversity

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

Head Start Teacher Ethnic Breakdown

The most common ethnicity among head start teachers is White, which makes up 62.4% of all head start teachers. Comparatively, there are 18.7% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 11.2% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

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  • White, 62.4%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 18.6%
  • Black or African American, 11.2%
  • Asian, 4.8%
  • Unknown, 2.1%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.9%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Head Start Teachers

The chart below shows that 80.0% of head start teachers speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is Chinese at 3.2% and French is the third-most popular at 3.2%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 80.0%
  • Chinese, 3.2%
  • French, 3.2%
  • Mandarin, 2.6%
  • Arabic, 1.6%
  • Other, 9.4%

Most Common Degree for Head Start Teacher

We assessed our data to determine the typical level of education for head start teachers. The most common degree for head start teachers is bachelor's degree. In fact, 50% of head start teachers earn that degree. A close second is associate degree with 23% and rounding it off is master's degree with 10%.

Job Title
  • Bachelors degree, 50%
  • Associate degree, 23%
  • Masters degree, 10%
  • High School Diploma degree, 4%
  • Other Degrees, 13%

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Head Start Teacher 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 head start teachers.

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

Head Start Teacher Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the head start teacher position over time.

Male
Female
7%
6%
4%
3%
1%
0%
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018

Head Start Teacher 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 head start teachers changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Age Based On Ethnicity And Gender

We determined the average age of head start teachers based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female

Number Of Years On The Job For Head Start Teacher

By looking over 5,950 head start teachers resumes, we figured out that the average head start teacher enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 31%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Head Start Teacher Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of head start teacher employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of head start teachers 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 Head Start Teachers with Other Job Titles

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

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Job Titleascdesc
Maleasc
Femaleascdesc
Sewing Teacher6%86%
Special Education Preschool Teacher6%91%
Montessori Preschool Teacher9%90%
Head Start Teacher12%84%
Industrial Arts Teacher92%5%
Automotive Instructor92%4%
Auto Collision Repair Instructor96%4%
Male
Female
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
Auto Collision Repair Instructor
Automotive Instructor
Industrial Arts Teacher
Head Start Teacher
Montessori Preschool Teacher
Special Education Preschool Teacher
Sewing Teacher
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Head Start Teachers 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 head start teachers.

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Job Titleascdesc
LGBTasc
Library Technician6.75%
Para Professional7.64%
Head Start Teacher8.29%
Secondary Special Education Teacher12.86%
7th Grade Math Teacher13.03%
High School Vocational Education Teacher13.66%
Dance Instructor13.71%

How Much Do Women Make Compared To Man As Head Start Teacher?

male-income
Male Income
$28,648
female-income
Female Income
$27,676

Head Start Teacher Income By Gender And Race/Ethnicity

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

  • Male
  • Female
$29,400
$29,006
$28,613
$28,220
$27,827
$27,434
$27,041
Asian
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
White

Head Start Teacher 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
High School Diploma or Less$26,180
Some College/ Associate Degree$28,022
Bachelor's Degree$31,127
Master's Degree$36,828

Head Start Teacher 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
$39,627
$36,828
$34,029
$31,229
$28,430
$25,631
$22,832
High School Diploma or Less
Some College/ Associate Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree

Head Start Teacher Heatmaps

The amount you can make as a head start teacher can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of head start teachers is $26,459. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Head Start Teachers Earn The Most?

The map here shows where head start teachers earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Head Start Teachers Located?

By looking through more than 5,950 resumes, we found that the most popular places for head start teachers are IL, Chicago and PA, Philadelphia.

Number of Head Start Teachers

Where Are Head Start Teachers In High Demand?

We looked over job openings to determine where in the country head start teachers are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings

Head Start Teacher Employment Statistics

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

Company Size

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

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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 Head Start Teacher Work In

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

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Private

Government

Education

Public

Industry Concentration

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

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Non Profits

Health Care

Education

Professional

Government

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