Postsecondary teachers

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
1.45M
Average Age
44.7
Average Salary
$66,290
Average Male Salary
$75,710
Average Female Salary
$56,755

About

Postsecondary teachers are most often employed by the Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges industry. The average yearly wage for Postsecondary teachers was $66,290 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Postsecondary teachers by wage are Procurement clerks, Training & development specialists, and News analysts, reporters, and journalists.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Postsecondary teachers are Ann Arbor City Area PUMA, MI, Champaign & Urbana Cities PUMA, IL, and Brazos CountyCollege Station & Bryan Cities PUMA, TX. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Postsecondary teachers are Ann Arbor City Area PUMA, MI, Tompkins County PUMA, NY, and Centre County PUMA, PA.

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 Pharmaceutical & medicine manufacturing. Postsecondary teachers are paid most in Hendricks County PUMA, IN but are relatively concentrated in Ann Arbor City Area PUMA, MI.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$66,290
AVERAGE SALARY
± $1,313

In 2020, Postsecondary teachers earned an average of $66,290, $10,336 more than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Training & development specialists make somewhat more than Postsecondary teachers while Procurement clerks 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

0.452
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Postsecondary teachers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.452, 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

1.45M
2020 Workforce
± 29,413
1.38%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 2.84%

The number of people employed as Postsecondary teachers has been growing at a rate of 1.38%, from 1,429,737 people in 2019 to 1,449,474 people in 2020.

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  95.5%, followed by Business, technical & trade schools and training with 1.76% and Other schools & instruction and educational support services with 0.936%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Postsecondary teachers in the US. The average age of male Postsecondary teachers in the workforce is 45.7 and of female Postsecondary teachers is 43.7, and the most common race/ethnicity for Postsecondary teachers is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

729k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 20,912
720k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 20,787

50.3% of Postsecondary teachers are Male, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex 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)

69.5% of Postsecondary teachers are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 13.1% 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 Sex

45.7
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.45
43.7
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.422

The median age of Postsecondary teachers is 44.7, and Male employees are generally 1.98 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 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 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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