Postsecondary teachers

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Total Workforce

1.56M

Average Age

43.8

Average Salary

$59,780

Average Male Salary

$68,543

Average Female Salary

$51,097

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Postsecondary teachers and on wages and locations for those in the field. Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges is the industry that employs the most Postsecondary teachers, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Postsecondary teachers, by average wage, is Architectural, engineering & related services. Postsecondary teachers are paid most in Edina, St. Louis Park & Hopkins Cities PUMA, MN but are relatively concentrated in Centre County PUMA, PA.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$59,780

AVERAGE SALARY

± $1,186

In 2017, Postsecondary teachers earned an average of $59,780, $7,715 more than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Pumping station operators make somewhat more than Postsecondary teachers while Derrick, rotary drill, & service unit operators, & roustabouts, oil, gas, & mining make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Postsecondary teachers as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.46

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Postsecondary teachers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.46, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Postsecondary teachers (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Postsecondary teachers.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Postsecondary teachers

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Postsecondary teachers.

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Industries

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Postsecondary teachers, by average wage, are Architectural, engineering & related services, Hospitals, and Scientific research & development services.

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Industries by Share

1.56M

2017 Workforce

± 30,480

2.13%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 2.72%

The number of people employed as Postsecondary teachers has been growing at a rate of 2.13%, from 1,525,200 people in 2016 to 1,557,749 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Postsecondary teachers employed by various industries. Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges employs the largest share of Postsecondary teachers at  93.9%, followed by Other schools & instruction and educational support services with 2.14% and Business, technical & trade schools and training with 1.99%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Postsecondary teachers in the US. The average age of male Postsecondary teachers in the workforce is 44.7 and of female Postsecondary teachers is 43, and the most common race/ethnicity for Postsecondary teachers is White.

Gender Composition

775k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 21,561

782k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 21,659

50.2% of Postsecondary teachers are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Postsecondary teachers.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Postsecondary teachers

  1. White

  2. Asian

  3. Black

74.8% of Postsecondary teachers are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 14% of Postsecondary teachers, Asian is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Postsecondary teachers.

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Age by Gender

44.7

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 0.442

43

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 0.412

The median age of Postsecondary teachers is 43.8, and Male employees are generally 1.76 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Postsecondary teachers from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Postsecondary teachers is Biology but a relatively high number of Postsecondary teachers hold a major in Physical Sciences.

Majors

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degrees. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree obtained.

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Postsecondary teachers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Postsecondary teachers need many skills, but most especially Speaking, Instructing, and Reading Comprehension. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Postsecondary teachers need more than the average amount of Instructing, Learning Strategies, and Reading Comprehension.

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