Teacher Statistics in the US

The average employee age for teachers is 42 years. The teacher workforce reached a whopping 4,494,047 in 2020!

Among teachers, we discovered that 67.9% of them are women, while 27.5% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among teachers is White, which makes up 73.7% of all teachers. Comparatively, there are 11.3% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 9.6% of the Black or African American ethnicity. The majority of teachers are located in NY, New York and TX, Houston.

Teachers are more likely to work at education companies in comparison to private companies. Taking it a step further, teachers are more likely to find a job in the education industry. Looking at teacher statistics, we found was that New York, Maryland, Massachusetts, California and Connecticut are where teachers find the highest salaries.

From where do we know all information about teacher demographics? We analyzed 372,826 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.

Teacher Diversity

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

Teacher Gender Ratio

Among teachers, 67.9% of them are women compared to 27.5% which are men.

Job Title
  • Female, 67.9%
  • Male, 27.5%
  • Unknown, 4.6%

Teacher Ethnic Breakdown

The most common ethnicity among teachers is White, which makes up 73.7% of all teachers. Comparatively, there are 11.3% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 9.6% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

Job Title
  • White, 73.7%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 11.3%
  • Black or African American, 9.6%
  • Asian, 3.2%
  • Unknown, 1.7%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.5%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Teachers

The chart below shows that 46.2% of teachers speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 10.7% and Chinese is the third-most popular at 6.5%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 46.2%
  • French, 10.7%
  • Chinese, 6.5%
  • Mandarin, 5.6%
  • Japanese, 4.4%
  • Other, 26.6%

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 teachers.

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

Teacher Gender Over Time

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


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 teachers changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Age Based On Ethnicity And Gender

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


Number Of Years On The Job For Teacher

By looking over 372,826 teachers resumes, we figured out that the average 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

Teacher Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of teacher employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of 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 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
Sewing Teacher6%86%
Special Education Preschool Teacher6%91%
Montessori Preschool Teacher9%90%
Industrial Arts Teacher92%5%
Automotive Instructor92%4%
Auto Collision Repair Instructor96%4%
Auto Collision Repair Instructor
Automotive Instructor
Industrial Arts Teacher
Montessori Preschool Teacher
Special Education Preschool Teacher
Sewing Teacher

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of 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 teachers.

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Job Titleascdesc
Library Technician6.75%
Writing Assistant7.64%
Early Childhood Specialist8.29%
Reading Specialist12.86%
School Guard13.66%

How Much Do Women Make Compared To Man As Teacher?

Male Income
Female Income

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
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino

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
Bachelor's Degree$44,264
Master's Degree$54,649
Doctorate Degree$56,397

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
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate Degree

Teacher Heatmaps

Where Do Teachers Earn The Most?

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

Average Salary

Where Are Teachers Located?

By looking through more than 372,826 resumes, we found that the most popular places for teachers are NY, New York and TX, Houston.

Number of Teachers

Where Are Teachers In High Demand?

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

Jobs Openings

Teacher Employment Statistics

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

What Percentage Of Teacher Jobs Are Remote?

33.6% Remote

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

66.4% 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 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 Teacher Work In

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

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Industry Concentration

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

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Non Profits




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