Language Teacher Statistics in the US

The average employee age for language teachers is 45 years. The language teacher workforce reached a whopping 54,190 in 2020!

Among language teachers, we discovered that 59.4% of them are women, while 27.8% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among language teachers is White, which makes up 67.3% of all language teachers. Comparatively, there are 16.0% of the Asian ethnicity and 8.1% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity. The majority of language teachers are located in NY, New York and IL, Chicago.

Language teachers are more likely to work at education companies in comparison to private companies. Taking it a step further, language teachers are more likely to find a job in the education industry. Looking at language teacher statistics, we found was that California, North Dakota, Alaska, New Jersey and Maryland are where language teachers find the highest salaries.

From where do we know all information about language teacher demographics? We analyzed 3,044 language 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.

Language Teacher Diversity

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

Language Teacher Ethnic Breakdown

The most common ethnicity among language teachers is White, which makes up 67.3% of all language teachers. Comparatively, there are 16.0% of the Asian ethnicity and 8.1% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity.

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  • White, 67.3%
  • Asian, 16.0%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 8.1%
  • Black or African American, 6.1%
  • Unknown, 2.3%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.2%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Language Teachers

The chart below shows that 26.2% of language teachers speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 11.9% and Chinese is the third-most popular at 10.7%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 26.2%
  • French, 11.9%
  • Chinese, 10.7%
  • Japanese, 8.1%
  • Mandarin, 6.9%
  • Other, 36.2%

Most Common Degree for Language Teacher

We assessed our data to determine the typical level of education for language teachers. The most common degree for language teachers is bachelor's degree. In fact, 43% of language teachers earn that degree. A close second is master's degree with 37% and rounding it off is associate degree with 5%.

Job Title
  • Bachelors degree, 58%
  • Masters degree, 20%
  • Certificate degree, 11%
  • Associate degree, 5%
  • Other Degrees, 6%

Language 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 language teachers.

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

Language Teacher Gender Over Time

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

Male
Female
56%
54%
51%
49%
46%
44%
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018

Language 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 language teachers changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Age Based On Ethnicity And Gender

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

Male
Female

Number Of Years On The Job For Language Teacher

By looking over 3,044 language teachers resumes, we figured out that the average language teacher enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 37%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Language Teacher Age Breakdown

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

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

Comparing The Gender Ratio of Language Teachers with Other Job Titles

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 Titleascdesc
Maleasc
Femaleascdesc
Nutrition Professor12%87%
Adjunct Nursing Faculty12%85%
Decorating Instructor13%87%
Language Teacher28%59%
Hvac/R Instructor90%4%
Assistant Professor Of Air Conditioning And Refrigeration94%3%
Diesel Technology Instructor95%4%
Male
Female
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
Diesel Technology Instructor
Assistant Professor Of Air Conditioning And Refrigeration
Hvac/R Instructor
Language Teacher
Decorating Instructor
Adjunct Nursing Faculty
Nutrition Professor
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Language 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 language teachers.

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Job Titleascdesc
LGBTasc
Library Technician6.75%
Instructional Assistant7.64%
Home Advisor8.68%
Sunday School Teacher13.03%
Physics Teacher13.66%
Instructor/Tutor13.71%
Language Teacher25.12%

How Much Do Women Make Compared To Man As Language Teacher?

male-income
Male Income
$51,559
female-income
Female Income
$50,356

Language Teacher Income By Gender And Race/Ethnicity

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

  • Male
  • Female
$52,742
$52,129
$51,516
$50,903
$50,290
$49,677
$49,065
Asian
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
White

Language 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
Master's Degree$50,913
Doctorate Degree$57,627

Language 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
$59,614
$57,627
$55,639
$53,652
$51,665
$49,677
$47,690
Master's Degree
Doctorate Degree

Language Teacher Heatmaps

Where Do Language Teachers Earn The Most?

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

Average Salary

Where Are Language Teachers Located?

By looking through more than 3,044 resumes, we found that the most popular places for language teachers are NY, New York and IL, Chicago.

Number of Language Teachers

Language Teacher Employment Statistics

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

What Percentage Of Language Teacher Jobs Are Remote?

12.8% Remote

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

87.2% 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 language 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 Language Teacher Work In

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

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Education

Private

Government

Public

Industry Concentration

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

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Education

Non Profits

Manufacturing

Professional

Health Care

Language Teacher Jobs