Which Country Has the Most Teachers at the Primary Level?

Number of Teachers (Primary Education) ('000), 2018 or latest
Education | May 18, 2019
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Based on a comparison of 138 countries in 2018, China ranked the highest in number of teachers in primary education with 6,046 '000 followed by India and Indonesia. On the other end of the scale was Monaco with 0.193 '000, Liechtenstein with 0.260 '000 and Cayman Islands with 0.273 '000.

Data for more countries are available at Number of Teachers (Primary Education) indicator page.

Number of Teachers (Primary Education) Unit 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Bangladesh '000 ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 458 427 443 435 528
Brazil '000 ... ... ... 775 786 790 795 792 ...
China '000 ... ... ... ... ... 5,939 5,908 5,867 5,860 5,889
Egypt '000 ... ... 478 481 ...
India '000 ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 3,918 ... 4,368 4,404 4,399
Indonesia '000 1,615 1,656 1,871 1,802 ...
Japan '000 402 405 407 408 410 ...
Mexico '000 531 534 536 534 535
Pakistan '000 ... ... 453 438 427 418 428
Philippines '000 ... ... ... 461 461 478 ...
Saudi Arabia '000 ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 304 316 345 347 353 ...
Thailand '000 ... ... ... ... 320 307 314 337 301
USA '000 ... 1,710 1,691 1,689 1,688 1,714 ...
United Kingdom '000 ... ... 256 247 251 272 ... ...
Vietnam '000 359 366 381 387 392