Postsecondary teachers

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2019 Workforce
1.46M
Average Age
44.9
Average Salary
$65,492
Average Male Salary
$74,855
Average Female Salary
$56,219

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 General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals. Postsecondary teachers are paid most in Edina, St. Louis Park & Hopkins Cities PUMA, MN but are relatively concentrated in Ann Arbor City Area PUMA, MI.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$65,492
AVERAGE SALARY
± $1,312

In 2019, Postsecondary teachers earned an average of $65,492, $9,968 more than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Railtrack laying & maintenance equipment operators make somewhat more than Postsecondary teachers while Subway, streetcar, & other rail transportation workers 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

0.454
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Postsecondary teachers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.454, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. 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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Industries by Share

1.46M
2019 Workforce
± 29,533
4.15%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 2.77%

The number of people employed as Postsecondary teachers has been growing at a rate of 4.15%, from 1,402,778 people in 2018 to 1,461,033 people in 2019.

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  96.3%, followed by Business, technical & trade schools and training with 1.66% and Elementary & secondary schools with 0.402%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Postsecondary teachers in the US. The average age of male Postsecondary teachers in the workforce is 46 and of female Postsecondary teachers is 43.7, and the most common race/ethnicity for Postsecondary teachers is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

727k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 20,883
734k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 20,984

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 (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
  3. Black (Non-Hispanic)

68.5% of Postsecondary teachers are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 13.6% of Postsecondary teachers, Asian (Non-Hispanic) 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

46
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.451
43.7
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.418

The median age of Postsecondary teachers is 44.9, and Male employees are generally 2.38 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 Education 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 Instructing. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Postsecondary teachers need more than the average amount of Science, Instructing, and Learning Strategies.

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