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Professor Statistics in the US

The average employee age for professors is 45 years. The professor workforce reached a whopping 247,931 in 2020!

Among professors, we discovered that 40.7% of them are women, while 51.9% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among professors is White, which makes up 68.7% of all professors. Comparatively, there are 12.2% of the Asian ethnicity and 9.3% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity. Professors are also more likely to work at education companies in comparison to private companies. Taking it a step further, professors are more likely to find a job in the education industry.

From where do we know all information about professor demographics? We analyzed 18,209 professors 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.

Professor Diversity

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

Professor Ethnic Breakdown

The most common ethnicity among professors is White, which makes up 68.7% of all professors. Comparatively, there are 12.2% of the Asian ethnicity and 9.3% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity.

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  • White, 68.7%
  • Asian, 12.2%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 9.4%
  • Black or African American, 7.0%
  • Unknown, 2.5%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.2%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Professors

The chart below shows that 52.0% of professors speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 10.7% and Portuguese is the third-most popular at 5.1%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 52.0%
  • French, 10.7%
  • Portuguese, 5.1%
  • Chinese, 5.0%
  • Italian, 4.8%
  • Other, 22.4%

Most Common Degree for Professor

We assessed our data to determine the typical level of education for professors. The most common degree for professors is bachelor's degree. In fact, 48% of professors earn that degree. A close second is master's degree with 23% and rounding it off is doctoral degree with 14%.

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  • Bachelors degree, 48%
  • Masters degree, 23%
  • Doctorate degree, 14%
  • Associate degree, 4%
  • Other Degrees, 11%

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Professor 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 professors.

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

Professor Gender Over Time

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

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

Professor 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 professors changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Age Based On Ethnicity And Gender

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

Male
Female

Number Of Years On The Job For Professor

By looking over 18,209 professors resumes, we figured out that the average professor enjoys staying at their job for Less than 1 year for a percentage of 26%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Professor Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of professor employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of professors 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 Professors 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%
Professor52%41%
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
Professor
Decorating Instructor
Adjunct Nursing Faculty
Nutrition Professor
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Professors 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 professors.

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Job Titleascdesc
LGBTasc
Library Technician6.75%
Substitute Paraprofessional7.64%
Home Advisor8.68%
2nd Grade Teacher13.03%
Physics Teacher13.66%
Instructor/Tutor13.71%
Professor25.12%

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How Much Do Women Make Compared To Men As Professor?

male-income
Male Income
$148,834
female-income
Female Income
$143,074

Professor Income By Gender And Race/Ethnicity

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

  • Male
  • Female
$154,526
$151,592
$148,658
$145,724
$142,790
$139,856
$136,923
Asian
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
White

Professor 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$145,725
Doctorate Degree$179,275

Professor 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
$198,984
$189,130
$179,275
$169,420
$159,566
$149,711
$139,856
$130,002
Master's Degree
Doctorate Degree

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Where Do Professors Earn The Most?

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

Average Salary

Where Are Professors Located?

By looking through more than 18,209 resumes, we found that the most popular places for professors are NY, New York and PR, San Juan.

Number of Professors

Where Are Professors In High Demand?

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

Jobs Openings

Professor Employment Statistics

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

Company Size

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

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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 Professor Work In

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

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Education

Private

Government

Industry Concentration

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

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Education

Health Care

Non Profits

Hospitality

Manufacturing