Instructor Statistics in the US

The average employee age for instructors is 40 years. The instructor workforce reached a whopping 1,067,914 in 2020!

Among instructors, we discovered that 46.3% of them are women, while 47.8% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among instructors is White, which makes up 60.7% of all instructors. Comparatively, there are 14.8% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 12.0% of the Black or African American ethnicity. The majority of instructors are located in NY, New York and IL, Chicago.

Instructors are more likely to work at education companies in comparison to private companies. Taking it a step further, instructors are more likely to find a job in the education industry. Looking at instructor statistics, we found was that Hawaii, Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut are where instructors find the highest salaries.

From where do we know all information about instructor demographics? We analyzed 152,858 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.

Instructor Diversity

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

Instructor Ethnic Breakdown

The most common ethnicity among instructors is White, which makes up 60.7% of all instructors. Comparatively, there are 14.8% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 12.0% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

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  • White, 60.7%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 14.6%
  • Black or African American, 12.0%
  • Asian, 8.9%
  • Unknown, 3.1%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.7%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Instructors

The chart below shows that 43.4% of instructors speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 11.9% and Chinese is the third-most popular at 6.2%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 43.4%
  • French, 11.9%
  • Chinese, 6.2%
  • German, 5.0%
  • Mandarin, 4.5%
  • Other, 29.0%

Most Common Degree for Instructor

We assessed our data to determine the typical level of education for instructors. The most common degree for instructors is bachelor's degree. In fact, 41% of instructors earn that degree. A close second is master's degree with 27% and rounding it off is associate degree with 10%.

Job Title
  • Bachelors degree, 52%
  • Masters degree, 15%
  • Certificate degree, 12%
  • Associate degree, 11%
  • Other Degrees, 10%

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 instructors.

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

Instructor Gender Over Time

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


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 instructors changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Age Based On Ethnicity And Gender

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


Number Of Years On The Job For Instructor

By looking over 152,858 instructors resumes, we figured out that the average instructor 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

Instructor Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of instructor employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of 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 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%
Guitar Teacher78%17%
Rescue Instructor79%14%
Guitar Instructor84%12%
Guitar Instructor
Rescue Instructor
Guitar Teacher
Horseback Riding Instructor
Ballet Teacher
Early Childhood Education Instructor

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of 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 instructors.

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Job Titleascdesc
Library Technician6.75%
Writing Assistant7.64%
Education Coordinator8.68%
Reading Specialist12.86%
Graduate Research And Teaching Assistant25.12%

How Much Do Women Make Compared To Man As Instructor?

Male Income
Female Income

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

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$43,480
Some College/ Associate Degree$47,298
Bachelor's Degree$49,575
Master's Degree$56,302
Doctorate Degree$61,754

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

Instructor Heatmaps

Where Do Instructors Earn The Most?

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

Average Salary

Where Are Instructors Located?

By looking through more than 152,858 resumes, we found that the most popular places for instructors are NY, New York and IL, Chicago.

Number of Instructors

Where Are Instructors In High Demand?

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

Jobs Openings

Instructor Employment Statistics

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

What Percentage Of Instructor Jobs Are Remote?

1.7% Remote

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

98.3% 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 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 Instructor Work In

Employees with the instructor job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most 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 instructors. Those industries include education, non profits and health care.

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Non Profits

Health Care



Instructor Jobs