Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for leaders in the United States. Our estimates are verified against BLS, Census, and current job openings data for accuracy. After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 42,398 leaders currently employed in the United States.
  • 50.2% of all leaders are women, while 49.8% are men.
  • The average age of an employed leader is 46 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of leaders is White (61.2%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (17.0%), Black or African American (11.9%) and Asian (5.0%).
  • In 2021, women earned 83% of what men earned.
  • 6% of all leaders are LGBT.
  • Leaders are 47% more likely to work at public companies in comparison to private companies.

Leader Statistics By Gender

50.2% of leaders are women and 49.8% of leaders are men.

  • Female, 50.2%
  • Male, 49.8%

Leaders By Gender

GenderPercentages
Female50.2%
Male49.8%

Gender Pay Gap For Leader

Women Earn 83¢ For Every $1 Earned By Men

male-income
Male Income
$102,339
female-income
Female Income
$85,405

Leader Gender Over Time

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

Male
Female
100%
80%
60%
40%
20%
0%
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021

Leader Gender By Year

YearMaleFemale
201055.03%44.97%
201154.79%45.21%
201255.87%44.13%
201356.41%43.59%
201455.58%44.42%
201553.98%46.02%
201654.70%45.30%
201754.27%45.73%
201851.85%48.15%
201953.86%46.14%
202051.61%48.39%
202149.82%50.18%

Leader Male to Female Ratio

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, pressroom foreman and tubing supervisor have the biggest difference in gender.

Job TitleMaleFemale
Word Processing Supervisor13%88%
Dental Laboratory Supervisor21%79%
Embroidery Supervisor24%76%
Leader50%50%
Machine Shop Foreman98%2%
Tubing Supervisor98%2%
Pressroom Foreman99%1%

Leader Statistics By Race

The most common ethnicity among leaders is White, which makes up 61.2% of all leaders. Comparatively, there are 17.0% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 11.9% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

  • White, 61.2%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 17.0%
  • Black or African American, 11.9%
  • Asian, 5.0%
  • Unknown, 4.2%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.7%

Leader Race

Leader RacePercentages
White61.2%
Hispanic or Latino17.0%
Black or African American11.9%
Asian5.0%
Unknown4.2%
American Indian and Alaska Native0.7%

Leader Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2010-2019 among leaders.

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

Leader Race By Year

YearWhiteBlack or African AmericanAsianHispanic or Latino
201067.86%11.45%4.35%14.40%
201168.04%11.36%4.31%14.47%
201267.32%11.36%4.28%14.99%
201368.67%10.47%4.48%14.58%
201467.03%10.87%4.71%15.27%
201567.08%11.07%4.41%15.54%
201666.11%11.08%4.54%16.25%
201765.54%11.67%5.05%15.46%
201866.83%10.80%4.64%15.80%
201965.14%11.34%4.88%16.56%
202064.04%10.94%5.04%15.74%
202161.18%11.93%5.05%16.98%

Leader Wage Gap By Race

White leaders have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or african american leaders have the lowest average salary at $95,136.
$111,000
$108,000
$105,000
$102,000
$99,000
$96,000
$93,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
EthnicitySalary
Unknown$99,284
White$108,056
Black or African American$95,136
Asian$107,722
Hispanic or Latino$102,102

Average Age of a Leader

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

Male
Female

Leader Age By Race

RaceMale AgeFemale Age
Black or African American4848
Unknown4544
Asian45.547
Hispanic or Latino4545
White4849
American Indian and Alaska Native48

Leader Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of leader employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of leaders is 40+ years old, which represents 71% of the population.

40+ years

30-40 years

20-30 years


Leader Age

Leader YearsPercentages
40+ years71%
30-40 years23%
20-30 years6%

Types of Leader Degree Levels

The most common degree for leaders is bachelor's degree 64% of leaders earn that degree. A close second is associate degree with 11% and rounding it off is master's degree with 10%.

  • Bachelors, 64%
  • Associate, 11%
  • Masters, 10%
  • High School Diploma, 9%
  • Other Degrees, 6%

Leaders By Education

Leader DegreePercentages
Bachelors64%
Associate11%
Masters10%
High School Diploma9%
Other Degrees6%

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Leader Wage Gap By Education

Leaders with a Masters degree earn more than those without, at $137,229 annually. With a Bachelors degree, leaders earn a median annual income of $111,794 compared to $94,626 for leaders with an Associate degree.
$143,000
$131,000
$119,000
$107,000
$95,000
$83,000
$71,000
High School Diploma or Less
Master's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Some College/ Associate Degree
EducationSalary
High School Diploma or Less$82,186
Master's Degree$137,229
Bachelor's Degree$111,794
Some College/ Associate Degree$94,626

Leader Employment Statistics

This section highlights information about where leaders work. We found most leaders work for a public company. In addition, the industry that employs the most leaders is the technology industry.

Company Size

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

< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

Leader Jobs By Employer Size

Company SizePercentages
< 50 employees4%
50 - 100 employees7%
100 - 500 employees14%
500 - 1,000 employees5%
1,000 - 10,000 employees23%
> 10,000 employees47%

The Types Of Companies Leader Work In

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

Education

Public

Private

Government

Leader Jobs By Sector

Company TypePercentages
Education3%
Public47%
Private45%
Government4%

Top Industries Hiring Leaders

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

Fortune 500

Technology

Professional

Hospitality

Manufacturing

Leader Turnover And Employment Statistics

Leader 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 leaders changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Leader Unemployment Rate By Year

YearLeader Unemployment Rate
20107.60%
20116.12%
20124.56%
20133.89%
20142.82%
20152.49%
20162.43%
20171.97%
20181.74%
20191.98%
20203.23%
20213.00%

The Average Number of Years That Leader Stay in a Job

By looking over 64,592 leaders resumes, we figured out that the average leader enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 33%.

Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Leader Tenure

Number or YearsPercentages
Less than 1 year26%
1-2 years33%
3-4 years14%
5-7 years14%
8-10 years5%
11+ years9%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Leaders 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 leaders.

Job TitleLGBTJob Openings
Mechanical Spreader Operator2.37%60,297
Machine Set Up Operator2.83%61,986
Technical Inspector3.84%83,675
Laundry Aide5.06%45,254
Leader5.63%-
Petroleum Supply Specialist9.20%17,014
Scanner Operator20.58%29,750

Leader LGBT Demographics

ProfessionPercentages of LGBT Job Openings
Mechanical Spreader Operator2.37%60,297
Machine Set Up Operator2.83%61,986
Technical Inspector3.84%83,675
Laundry Aide5.06%45,254
Petroleum Supply Specialist9.20%17,014
Scanner Operator20.58%29,750

Foreign Languages Spoken By Leaders

The most common foreign language among leaders is Spanish at 50.7%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 10.9% and Chinese is the third-most popular at 6.5%.

  • Spanish, 50.7%
  • French, 10.9%
  • Chinese, 6.5%
  • Mandarin, 6.2%
  • German, 3.8%
  • Other, 21.9%

Leader Languages Spoken

Foreign LanguagePercentages
Spanish50.7%
French10.9%
Chinese6.5%
Mandarin6.2%
German3.8%
Other21.9%

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Leader Heatmaps

The amount you can make as a leader can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of leaders is $109,889. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Leaders Earn The Most?

Leaders earn the most in Maine, where the average leader salary is $107,828. The map here shows where leaders earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Which State Has The Most Leaders?

By looking through more than 64,592 resumes, we found that the most popular places for leaders are New York, NY and Chicago, IL.

Number of Leaders

Number Of Leader Jobs By State

Where Are Leaders In High Demand?

Leaders are in high demand in New York, NY. There are currently 395 job openings for leaders here. We looked over job openings to determine where in the country leaders are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings

Leader Demographics FAQs

What Percentage Of Leaders Are Female?

50.7% of leaders are female in the United States. This is -2.0 percentage points lower than last year. Additionally, the percentage of female leaders has increased by 1.2 percentage points since 2010. That means there are a total of 22,639 female leaders in the U.S. and 22,015 male leaders in the United States. Note that Zippia's estimate accounts only for the 44,654 people with the specific job title of leader and doesn't include grouping similar job titles, or people with potentially similar credentialing.

How Many Leader Are There In The Us?

There are over 42,398 Leaders in the United States.

What Percentage Of Leaders Are Black?

11.9% of Leaders are Black or African American

What Race Are Most Leaders?

Most a are White, with 61.2% of Leaders belonging to this ethnicity. 17.0% of Leaders are Hispanic or Latino, 11.9% of Leaders are Black or African American, 5.0% of Leaders are Asian, 4.2% of Leaders are Unknown, and 0.7% of Leaders are American Indian and Alaska Native

Are Leader Jobs Male - Dominated?

No, Leader jobs are not male - dominated. 50% of Leaders are female, and 49% are male, so there are more female Leaders than male Leaders in the United States.

How Old Is The Average Leader?

The average Leader is 46 years old. 71% of Leaders are 40+ years old or older, 23% are between the ages of 30-40 years, and 6% are between 20-30 years old

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