Teachers take out more loans than any other profession

7 months ago by Joshua Fruhlinger in Facts

One of the myriad publicly available data trails that we plot here at Thinknum is based on the loans consumers take out at Lending Club ($NYSE:LC). This pioneer in the peer-to-peer loan space has originated around $16 billion in loans since its founding in 2006.

Because Lending Club lists the loans it issues as part of its desire to be transparent (and to meet federal laws), we're able to distill what kinds of loans are issued and to whom.

When we solved for job titles, we discovered that teachers take out the most Lending Club loans with 47,761 loans issued. "Manager" and "Owner" follow, but as you'll see in the chart below, teacher reappears (with a lower-case "t") with another 8,777 loans issued.

Job Title

Loans Filed

Teacher

47,761

Manager

45,578

Owner

39,303

Supervisor

20,770

Registered Nurse

19,677

Driver

19,266

owner

18,426

RN

18,396

Sales

17,448

President

13,702

Project Manager

13,422

Office Manager

12,465

Director

11,838

General Manager

11,809

manager

11,516

Engineer

9,072

teacher

8,777

Vice President

8,416

driver

8,247

Operations Manager

7,589

If our Lending Club data says anything, it's that teachers need extra cash more than just about anyone. It's also possibly a sign that teachers are good risks as they have steady income and pay their bills.

The above chart described daily average principals issued to teachers. Interestingly, spikes appear during the summer when teachers are often not working.

This chart shows average monthly income for the teachers requesting loans. It's widely beleived that teachers aren't paid as well as they should be.

Finally, in the chart above we see the average revolving credit balance for teachers taking out loans at Lending Club. Average appears under $20,000 with some high outliers especially during the warmer months.

Teachers are no strangers to debt. A recent report from NPR unveiled that thousands of teachers have had their federal grants converted to loans for failing to meet the requirements of what's called a TEACH Grant. Meanwhile, some debt consolidation services like InCharge market specifically to teachers.

It seems that many teacher begin their careers already saddled with debt, and without a salary to pay it back, they continue to dig deeper. According to a 2017 survey by NPR, a rising number of teachers are scared - and even terrified - of the amount of debt they are carrying.

Joshua Fruhlinger

Joshua has been writing about technology, lifestyle, and business for over 20 years. He's one of the original writers and editors for Engadget, and still writes a...

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