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.
The U.S. Aerospace & Defense industry employed 2.4 million workers in 2016. This figure represents approximately two percent of the nation’s total employment base and 13 percent of the nation’s manufacturing workforce.
The average salary of an employee in the U.S. Aerospace & Defense industry is 44 percent above the national average. According to the latest data, the average A&D worker earned an annual pay of $93,000 in wages and benefits.
In 2016, the commercial aerospace segment of the A&D industry supported 490,000 direct jobs. The commercial aerospace segment includes the design and manufacture of civil aircraft, helicopters and space systems.
In 2016, the national security & defense segment of the A&D industry supported 355,500 direct jobs. The national security & defense segment includes the design and manufacture of military aircraft, ground systems, ships, tactical vehicles and related systems.
In addition to the jobs supported by the industry’s commercial aerospace and defense and national security segments, U.S. A&D supported an additional 1.6 million jobs in the industry’s supply chain, which includes 669,100 jobs in firms providing services to manufacturers.