Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for online instructors 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 10,786 online instructors currently employed in the United States.
  • 66.5% of all online instructors are women, while 33.5% are men.
  • The average age of an employed online instructor is 42 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of online instructors is White (58.1%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (15.2%), Black or African American (11.8%) and Asian (8.1%).
  • Online instructors are most in-demand in Baton Rouge, LA.
  • Albany, NY pays an annual average wage of $58,672, the highest in the US.
  • In 2021, women earned 96% of what men earned.
  • Vermont is the best state for online instructors to live.
  • Online instructors are 80% more likely to work at education companies in comparison to private companies.

Online Instructor Statistics By Gender

66.5% of online instructors are women and 33.5% of online instructors are men.

  • Female, 66.5%
  • Male, 33.5%

Online Instructors By Gender

GenderPercentages
Female66.5%
Male33.5%

Gender Pay Gap For Online Instructor

Women Earn 96¢ For Every $1 Earned By Men

male-income
Male Income
$45,808
female-income
Female Income
$44,160

Online Instructor Gender Over Time

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

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

Online Instructor Gender By Year

YearMaleFemale
201033.69%66.31%
201133.21%66.79%
201235.55%64.45%
201334.76%65.24%
201434.87%65.13%
201532.84%67.16%
201635.01%64.99%
201735.45%64.55%
201834.73%65.27%
201933.31%66.69%
202032.95%67.05%
202133.48%66.52%

Online Instructor Male to Female Ratio

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.

Job TitleMaleFemale
Early Childhood Education Instructor6%94%
Ballet Teacher7%93%
Horseback Riding Instructor12%88%
Online Instructor33%67%
Guitar Teacher83%17%
Rescue Instructor85%15%
Guitar Instructor88%12%

Online Instructor Statistics By Race

The most common ethnicity among online instructors is White, which makes up 58.1% of all online instructors. Comparatively, there are 15.2% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 11.8% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

  • White, 58.1%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 15.2%
  • Black or African American, 11.8%
  • Asian, 8.1%
  • Unknown, 6.1%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.7%

Online Instructor Race

Online Instructor RacePercentages
White58.1%
Hispanic or Latino15.2%
Black or African American11.8%
Asian8.1%
Unknown6.1%
American Indian and Alaska Native0.7%

Online Instructor 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 online instructors.

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

Online Instructor Race By Year

YearWhiteBlack or African AmericanAsianHispanic or Latino
201064.96%13.09%5.75%12.44%
201164.00%13.23%6.10%13.01%
201264.03%12.51%6.48%13.44%
201363.37%12.27%6.39%13.88%
201462.92%12.24%7.65%13.31%
201563.98%11.69%7.17%13.12%
201662.83%12.28%6.53%14.17%
201762.39%11.90%7.29%14.30%
201861.60%12.10%8.40%13.76%
201962.86%11.26%7.66%14.31%
202060.14%11.54%7.51%14.56%
202158.06%11.85%8.14%15.16%

Online Instructor Wage Gap By Race

White online instructors have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or african american online instructors have the lowest average salary at $45,029.
$48,000
$47,000
$46,000
$45,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
EthnicitySalary
Unknown$45,567
White$46,212
Black or African American$45,029
Asian$46,190
Hispanic or Latino$46,056

Average Age of an Online Instructor

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

Male
Female

Online Instructor Age By Race

RaceMale AgeFemale Age
Black or African American4343
Unknown39.541
Asian3545
Hispanic or Latino3735
White4343
American Indian and Alaska Native4043

Online Instructor Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of online instructor employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of online instructors is 40+ years old, which represents 55% of the population.

40+ years

30-40 years

20-30 years


Online Instructor Age

Online Instructor YearsPercentages
40+ years55%
30-40 years24%
20-30 years19%

Types of Online Instructor Degree Levels

The most common degree for online instructors is bachelor's degree 46% of online instructors earn that degree. A close second is master's degree with 37% and rounding it off is doctoral degree with 8%.

  • Bachelors, 46%
  • Masters, 37%
  • Doctorate, 8%
  • Associate, 6%
  • Other Degrees, 3%

Online Instructors By Education

Online Instructor DegreePercentages
Bachelors46%
Masters37%
Doctorate8%
Associate6%
Other Degrees3%

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Online Instructor Wage Gap By Education

Online instructors with a Doctorate degree earn more than those without, at $51,944 annually. With a Masters degree, online instructors earn a median annual income of $49,347 compared to $46,300 for online instructors with an Bachelors degree.
$53,000
$51,000
$49,000
$47,000
$45,000
$43,000
$41,000
High School Diploma or Less
Master's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Doctorate Degree
Some College/ Associate Degree
EducationSalary
High School Diploma or Less$42,445
Master's Degree$49,347
Bachelor's Degree$46,300
Doctorate Degree$51,944
Some College/ Associate Degree$44,915

Online Instructor Employment Statistics

This section highlights information about where online instructors work. We found most online instructors work for a education company. In addition, the industry that employs the most online instructors is the education industry.

Company Size

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

< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

Online Instructor Jobs By Employer Size

Company SizePercentages
< 50 employees6%
50 - 100 employees15%
100 - 500 employees31%
500 - 1,000 employees14%
1,000 - 10,000 employees27%
> 10,000 employees7%

The Types Of Companies Online Instructor Work In

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

Education

Public

Private

Government

Online Instructor Jobs By Sector

Company TypePercentages
Education80%
Public3%
Private14%
Government3%

Top Industries Hiring Online Instructors

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

Education

Manufacturing

Health Care

Finance

Government

Online Instructor Turnover And Employment Statistics

Online 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 online instructors changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Online Instructor Unemployment Rate By Year

YearOnline Instructor Unemployment Rate
20106.57%
20117.82%
20127.21%
20136.49%
20146.03%
20154.80%
20164.35%
20173.81%
20183.89%
20193.91%
20206.57%
20216.61%

The Average Number of Years That Online Instructor Stay in a Job

By looking over 2,346 online instructors resumes, we figured out that the average online instructor enjoys staying at their job for 11+ years for a percentage of 26%.

Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Online Instructor Tenure

Number or YearsPercentages
Less than 1 year11%
1-2 years21%
3-4 years13%
5-7 years18%
8-10 years11%
11+ years26%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Online 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 online instructors.

Job TitleLGBTJob Openings
Educational Associate6.04%44,953
Theater Education Teacher9.70%58,630
Online Instructor10.63%-
Reference Librarian10.75%1,058
Associate Professor12.94%30,083
Library Technician13.69%24,941
Instructional Designer16.25%50,321

Online Instructor LGBT Demographics

ProfessionPercentages of LGBT Job Openings
Educational Associate6.04%44,953
Theater Education Teacher9.70%58,630
Reference Librarian10.75%1,058
Associate Professor12.94%30,083
Library Technician13.69%24,941
Instructional Designer16.25%50,321

Foreign Languages Spoken By Online Instructors

The most common foreign language among online instructors is Spanish at 47.9%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 13.5% and Chinese is the third-most popular at 5.2%.

  • Spanish, 47.9%
  • French, 13.5%
  • Chinese, 5.2%
  • Arabic, 4.2%
  • Italian, 3.1%
  • Other, 26.1%

Online Instructor Languages Spoken

Foreign LanguagePercentages
Spanish47.9%
French13.5%
Chinese5.2%
Arabic4.2%
Italian3.1%
Other26.1%

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Online Instructor Heatmaps

Where Do Online Instructors Earn The Most?

Online instructors earn the most in Vermont, where the average online instructor salary is $58,444. The map here shows where online instructors 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 Online Instructors?

By looking through more than 2,346 resumes, we found that the most popular places for online instructors are Phoenix, AZ and Baltimore, MD.

Number of Online Instructors

Number Of Online Instructor Jobs By State

RankStateNumber of JobsAverage Salary
1California1,733$43,842
2Texas911$40,045
3Georgia751$35,554
4Florida740$36,939
5New York714$57,735
6Virginia704$48,209
7North Carolina691$38,067
8Colorado517$41,353
9New Jersey496$45,279
10Illinois470$51,197
11Pennsylvania464$46,688
12Michigan454$48,078
13Ohio408$42,138
14South Carolina399$36,110
15Massachusetts343$51,160
16Maryland317$48,415
17Oregon305$51,691
18Washington298$44,095
19Minnesota259$46,444
20Tennessee253$36,668
21Arizona249$42,539
22Wisconsin202$50,722
23Iowa188$47,578
24Kentucky178$37,670
25Alabama165$43,191
26Missouri164$38,650
27Louisiana149$40,914
28Indiana145$37,502
29Nevada144$37,255
30Utah142$38,069
31Oklahoma127$35,179
32Connecticut115$46,866
33Kansas114$39,956
34Mississippi104$39,418
35New Mexico93$36,736
36Montana92$41,261
37Nebraska91$39,974
38Delaware83$41,318
39New Hampshire77$51,879
40Idaho70$45,118
41Rhode Island69$47,203
42Hawaii69$45,474
43West Virginia66$49,060
44Wyoming65$39,901
45Alaska62$46,502
46Maine58$43,258
47Arkansas55$39,932
48South Dakota52$37,145
49North Dakota50$43,291
50Vermont48$58,444
51District of Columbia29$50,238

Online Instructor Demographics FAQs

How Many Online Instructor Are There In The Us?

There are over 10,786 Online Instructors in the United States.

What Percentage Of Online Instructors Are Black?

11.8% of Online Instructors are Black or African American

What Race Are Most Online Instructors?

Most an are White, with 58.1% of Online Instructors belonging to this ethnicity. 15.2% of Online Instructors are Hispanic or Latino, 11.8% of Online Instructors are Black or African American, 8.1% of Online Instructors are Asian, 6.1% of Online Instructors are Unknown, and 0.7% of Online Instructors are American Indian and Alaska Native

Are Online Instructor Jobs Male - Dominated?

No, Online Instructor jobs are not male - dominated. 66% of Online Instructors are female, and 33% are male, so there are more female Online Instructors than male Online Instructors in the United States.

How Old Is The Average Online Instructor?

The average Online Instructor is 42 years old. 55% of Online Instructors are 40+ years old or older, 24% are between the ages of 30-40 years, and 19% are between 20-30 years old

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