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
Gender Pay Gap For Online Instructor
Women Earn 96¢ For Every $1 Earned By Men
Online Instructor Gender Over Time
This data shows how men and women predominate in the online instructor position over time.
Online Instructor Gender By Year
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.
|Early Childhood Education Instructor||6%||94%|
|Horseback Riding Instructor||12%||88%|
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 Race||Percentages|
|Hispanic or Latino||15.2%|
|Black or African American||11.8%|
|American Indian and Alaska Native||0.7%|
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.
- Hispanic or Latino
- Black or African American
Online Instructor Race By Year
|Year||White||Black or African American||Asian||Hispanic or Latino|
Online Instructor Wage Gap By Race
|Black or African American||$45,029|
|Hispanic or Latino||$46,056|
Average Age of an Online Instructor
We determined the average age of online instructors based on ethnicity and gender.
Online Instructor Age By Race
|Race||Male Age||Female Age|
|Black or African American||43||43|
|Hispanic or Latino||37||35|
|American Indian and Alaska Native||40||43|
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.
Online Instructor Age
|Online Instructor Years||Percentages|
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 Degree||Percentages|
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Online Instructor Wage Gap By Education
|High School Diploma or Less||$42,445|
|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.
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
Online Instructor Jobs By Employer Size
|< 50 employees||6%|
|50 - 100 employees||15%|
|100 - 500 employees||31%|
|500 - 1,000 employees||14%|
|1,000 - 10,000 employees||27%|
|> 10,000 employees||7%|
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.
Online Instructor Jobs By Sector
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.
Online Instructor Industry Statistics
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
|Year||Online Instructor Unemployment Rate|
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
Online Instructor Tenure
|Number or Years||Percentages|
|Less than 1 year||11%|
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 Title||LGBT||Job Openings|
|Theater Education Teacher||9.70%||58,630|
Online Instructor LGBT Demographics
|Profession||Percentages of LGBT||Job Openings|
|Theater Education Teacher||9.70%||58,630|
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