Key Workforce Statistics

  • 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.

Additional Resources

State Data

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