Postsecondary teachers

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Total Workforce

1.4M

Average Age

45.4

Average Salary

$66,870

Average Male Salary

$76,710

Average Female Salary

$56,876

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 Air transportation. 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

$66,870

AVERAGE SALARY

± $1,350

In 2018, Postsecondary teachers earned an average of $66,870, $12,982 more than than the average national salary of $53,888.

Firstline enlisted military supervisors make somewhat more than Postsecondary teachers while Mining machine operators 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

0.446

WAGE GINI

In 2018, Postsecondary teachers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.446, 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 by Share

1.4M

2018 Workforce

± 28,942

-9.95%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 3.16%

The number of people employed as Postsecondary teachers has been declining at a rate of -9.95%, from 1,557,749 people in 2017 to 1,402,778 people in 2018.

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%, followed by Business, technical & trade schools and training with 1.83% and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals with 0.514%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Postsecondary teachers in the US. The average age of male Postsecondary teachers in the workforce is 46.5 and of female Postsecondary teachers is 44.4, and the most common race/ethnicity for Postsecondary teachers is White.

Gender Composition

707k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 20,593

696k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 20,433

50.4% of Postsecondary teachers are Male, 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

76.9% of Postsecondary teachers are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 12.5% 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

46.5

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 0.456

44.4

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 0.429

The median age of Postsecondary teachers is 45.4, and Male employees are generally 2.1 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 Math & Statistics.

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 and Instructing. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Postsecondary teachers need more than the average amount of Science, Learning Strategies, and Instructing.

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