Stand Up Comedian Statistics in the US

From where do we know all information about stand up comedian demographics? We analyzed 265 stand up comedians 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.

Stand Up Comedian Diversity

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

Stand Up Comedian Gender Ratio

Among stand up comedians, 11.8% of them are women compared to 85.2% which are men.

Job Title
  • Male, 85.2%
  • Female, 11.8%
  • Unknown, 3.0%

Stand Up Comedian Ethnic Breakdown

The most common ethnicity among stand up comedians is White, which makes up 62.3% of all stand up comedians. Comparatively, there are 15.4% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 10.2% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

Job Title
  • White, 62.3%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 15.5%
  • Black or African American, 10.2%
  • Asian, 7.0%
  • Unknown, 4.9%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.1%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Stand Up Comedians

The chart below shows that 41.7% of stand up comedians speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is Hindi at 16.7% and Chinese is the third-most popular at 8.3%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 41.7%
  • Hindi, 16.7%
  • Chinese, 8.3%
  • Shona, 8.3%
  • French, 8.3%
  • Other, 16.7%

Stand Up Comedian 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 stand up comedians.

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

Stand Up Comedian Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the stand up comedian position over time.

Male
Female
60%
57%
54%
50%
47%
44%
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018

Stand Up Comedian 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 stand up comedians changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Age Based On Ethnicity And Gender

We determined the average age of stand up comedians based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female

Number Of Years On The Job For Stand Up Comedian

By looking over 265 stand up comedians resumes, we figured out that the average stand up comedian enjoys staying at their job for 11+ years for a percentage of 43%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Stand Up Comedian Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of stand up comedian employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of stand up comedians is 40+ years old, which represents 35% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

Comparing The Gender Ratio of Stand Up Comedians with Other Job Titles

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, stuntman and professional baseball player have the biggest difference in gender.

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Job Titleascdesc
Maleasc
Femaleascdesc
Modern Dancer9%85%
Actress10%85%
Softball Player13%85%
Stand Up Comedian85%12%
Baseball Scout93%2%
Professional Baseball Player94%3%
Stuntman94%1%
Male
Female
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
Stuntman
Professional Baseball Player
Baseball Scout
Stand Up Comedian
Softball Player
Actress
Modern Dancer
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Stand Up Comedians 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 stand up comedians.

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Job Titleascdesc
LGBTasc
Strength And Conditioning Coach11.50%
Stand Up Comedian16.44%
Modern Dancer20.85%
Chaperon21.74%
Owner & Designer27.16%
Broadcast Operations Director35.05%
Amusement Park Entertainer37.57%

How Much Do Women Make Compared To Man As Stand Up Comedian?

male-income
Male Income
$53,074
female-income
Female Income
$51,152

Stand Up Comedian Income By Gender And Race/Ethnicity

We found interesting that White men and Black or African American men make more money compared to others.

  • Male
  • Female
$54,828
$53,754
$52,680
$51,606
$50,531
$49,457
$48,383
Asian
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
White

Stand Up Comedian 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
Some College/ Associate Degree$47,912
High School Diploma or Less$48,706
Master's Degree$52,453
Bachelor's Degree$53,754

Stand Up Comedian 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
$55,758
$53,754
$51,750
$49,746
$47,742
$45,738
$43,734
High School Diploma or Less
Some College/ Associate Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree

Stand Up Comedian Employment Statistics

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

Company Size

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

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< 50 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

The Types Of Companies Stand Up Comedian Work In

Employees with the stand up comedian job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most stand up comedians prefer to work at private companies over government companies.

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Private

Government

Public

Industry Concentration

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

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Hospitality

Non Profits

Manufacturing

Media

Insurance

Stand Up Comedian Jobs