15 Interesting Facts About U.S. Teachers

Author: Tez Brooks

U.S. Statistics

We can gain a lot of insight when we consider some of the statistics of our teachers here in the United States. Take a look at these facts from 2023 and see if anything surprises you.

Facts About Teachers
  • 77% of teachers in the U.S. are female.
  • The average age of teachers in the U.S. is 42.
  • 87% of public school teachers in the U.S. have a bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • 2.7 million teachers in the U.S. have a master’s degree.
  • Teachers work an average of 52 hours per week.
  • 94% of teachers in the U.S. spend their own money (approx. $480) on school supplies.
  • The average classroom size in the U.S. is 23 students.
  • 20% of teachers in the U.S. work in urban schools.
  • 76% of teachers in the U.S. report high levels of stress.
  • The average tenure of a teacher in the U.S. is 14 years.
  • The average age of retirement for teachers in the U.S. is 59.
  • 81% of teachers in the U.S. work full-time.
  • 19% of teachers in the U.S. have a second job.
  • 81% of teachers report being emotionally drained at the end of the day.
  • 50% of new teachers leave the profession within the first five years.

No doubt many of these statistics you already know. Perhaps some shocked you—like those last two bullet points. Understanding your demographic helps you as a teacher safeguard yourself against the negative impact your occupation could have on you. Conversely, some of these could be encouraging as you realize you’re not alone.

Learn to talk to your colleagues and debrief with one another when situations overwhelm you. As with any occupation, community is key to longevity. The International School Project is all about building community. We are strong believers in the value and richness that comes from being a part of a circle of educators who regularly meet together.

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About the Author

Tez Brooks

About the author: Tez Brooks is an Award-winning author, screenwriter, and international speaker. He has a passion for seeing God use film to help transform lives. He currently serves on our Communications team at ISP. Some of Tez’s work can be found in publications of Focus on the Family, CBN.com, The Upper Room, Guideposts, Jesus Film Project, and more. His award-winning screenplay “Jangled,” can be viewed on the Jesus Film app. He and his wife Christine, have four children and have been full-time missionaries for over 30 years.

Find out more at tezbrooks.com

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