Social Studies Teacher Statistics in the US

The average employee age for social studies teachers is 42 years. The social studies teacher workforce reached a whopping 1,567,852 in 2020!

Among social studies teachers, we discovered that 47.1% of them are women, while 48.8% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among social studies teachers is White, which makes up 75.4% of all social studies teachers. Comparatively, there are 10.9% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 7.6% of the Black or African American ethnicity. Social studies teachers are also more likely to work at education companies in comparison to private companies. Taking it a step further, social studies teachers are more likely to find a job in the education industry.

From where do we know all information about social studies teacher demographics? We analyzed 13,628 social studies 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.

Social Studies Teacher Diversity

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

Social Studies Teacher Gender Ratio

Among social studies teachers, 47.1% of them are women compared to 48.8% which are men.

Job Title
  • Male, 48.8%
  • Female, 47.1%
  • Unknown, 4.1%

Social Studies Teacher Ethnic Breakdown

The most common ethnicity among social studies teachers is White, which makes up 75.4% of all social studies teachers. Comparatively, there are 10.9% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 7.6% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

Job Title
  • White, 75.4%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 10.9%
  • Black or African American, 7.6%
  • Asian, 3.7%
  • Unknown, 1.9%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.5%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Social Studies Teachers

The chart below shows that 54.3% of social studies teachers speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 11.4% and German is the third-most popular at 4.7%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 54.3%
  • French, 11.4%
  • German, 4.7%
  • Arabic, 4.5%
  • Chinese, 3.4%
  • Other, 21.7%

Social Studies 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 social studies teachers.

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

Social Studies Teacher Gender Over Time

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

Male
Female
46%
43%
41%
38%
36%
33%
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018

Social Studies 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 social studies teachers changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Age Based On Ethnicity And Gender

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

Male
Female

Number Of Years On The Job For Social Studies Teacher

By looking over 13,628 social studies teachers resumes, we figured out that the average social studies teacher enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 33%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Social Studies Teacher Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of social studies teacher employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of social studies teachers is 40+ years old, which represents 58% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

Comparing The Gender Ratio of Social Studies Teachers with Other Job Titles

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, auto collision repair instructor and automotive instructor have the biggest difference in gender.

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Job Titleascdesc
Maleasc
Femaleascdesc
Sewing Teacher6%86%
Special Education Preschool Teacher6%91%
Montessori Preschool Teacher9%90%
Social Studies Teacher49%47%
Industrial Arts Teacher92%5%
Automotive Instructor92%4%
Auto Collision Repair Instructor96%4%
Male
Female
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
Auto Collision Repair Instructor
Automotive Instructor
Industrial Arts Teacher
Social Studies Teacher
Montessori Preschool Teacher
Special Education Preschool Teacher
Sewing Teacher
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Social Studies 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 social studies teachers.

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Job Titleascdesc
LGBTasc
Library Technician6.75%
Education Technician7.64%
Lead Pre-Kindergarten Teacher8.29%
Developmentally Delayed Special Education Teacher12.86%
Wood Shop Teacher13.03%
Social Studies Teacher13.67%
Learning Center Instructor13.71%

How Much Do Women Make Compared To Man As Social Studies Teacher?

male-income
Male Income
$59,570
female-income
Female Income
$56,720

Social Studies Teacher Income By Gender And Race/Ethnicity

We found interesting that Asian men and Hispanic or Latino men make more money compared to others.

  • Male
  • Female
$63,608
$61,999
$60,390
$58,782
$57,173
$55,564
$53,955
Asian
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
White

Social Studies 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
Bachelor's Degree$49,610
Master's Degree$59,033
Doctorate Degree$62,054

Social Studies 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
$65,894
$62,054
$58,214
$54,375
$50,535
$46,695
$42,856
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate Degree

Social Studies Teacher Heatmaps

Where Do Social Studies Teachers Earn The Most?

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

Average Salary

Where Are Social Studies Teachers Located?

By looking through more than 13,628 resumes, we found that the most popular places for social studies teachers are NY, New York and IL, Chicago.

Number of Social Studies Teachers

Where Are Social Studies Teachers In High Demand?

We looked over job openings to determine where in the country social studies teachers are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings

Social Studies Teacher Employment Statistics

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

What Percentage Of Social Studies Teacher Jobs Are Remote?

2.7% Remote

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

97.3% 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 social studies 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 Social Studies Teacher Work In

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

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Private

Government

Education

Public

Industry Concentration

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

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Education

Non Profits

Professional

Manufacturing

Utilities

Social Studies Teacher Jobs