Legislative Affairs works with members of Congress and staff, administration officials, and other organizations to advocate on behalf of AIA’s positions on issues vital to the aerospace and defense industry.
Despite the impacts of the pandemic, our workforce remained slightly over 2 million strong in 2020, with A&D industry jobs represented 1.4% of all employment in the United States.
At $104,577, the A&D industry’s average wages and benefits remained 41% above the comparable national average. In total, the industry paid out $218.6 billion in compensation in 2020, or roughly 2 percent of total U.S. labor income.
The industry made considerable tax payments to federal, state, and local tax authorities in 2020, even at a time of intense impacts to such accounts due to losses in other industries and sectors. Overall, the industry’s combined tax contributions combined for a total of $59 billion nationwide.