Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for apprentices in the United States. Our estimates are verified against BLS, Census, and current job openings data for accuracy. After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 199,213 apprentices currently employed in the United States.
  • 21.6% of all apprentices are women, while 78.4% are men.
  • The average age of an employed apprentice is 41 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of apprentices is White (64.5%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (20.3%), Black or African American (7.9%) and Unknown (4.2%).
  • In 2021, women earned 97% of what men earned.
  • 3% of all apprentices are LGBT.
  • Apprentices are 76% more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies.

Apprentice Statistics By Gender

21.6% of apprentices are women and 78.4% of apprentices are men.

  • Male, 78.4%
  • Female, 21.6%

Apprentices By Gender

GenderPercentages
Male78.4%
Female21.6%

Gender Pay Gap For Apprentice

Women Earn 97¢ For Every $1 Earned By Men

male-income
Male Income
$36,436
female-income
Female Income
$35,316

Apprentice Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the apprentice position over time.

Male
Female
100%
80%
60%
40%
20%
0%
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021

Apprentice Gender By Year

YearMaleFemale
201082.46%17.54%
201182.77%17.23%
201282.26%17.74%
201383.49%16.51%
201481.95%18.05%
201578.51%21.49%
201682.40%17.60%
201781.10%18.90%
201878.22%21.78%
201982.20%17.80%
202081.22%18.78%
202178.44%21.56%

Apprentice Male to Female Ratio

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, water softener installer and insulation worker have the biggest difference in gender.

Job TitleMaleFemale
Composition Floor Setter34%66%
Apprentice78%22%
Gas Fitter97%3%
Insulation Worker97%2%
Water Softener Installer97%3%

Apprentice Statistics By Race

The most common ethnicity among apprentices is White, which makes up 64.5% of all apprentices. Comparatively, there are 20.3% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 7.9% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

  • White, 64.5%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 20.3%
  • Black or African American, 7.9%
  • Unknown, 4.2%
  • Asian, 2.2%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.9%

Apprentice Race

Apprentice RacePercentages
White64.5%
Hispanic or Latino20.3%
Black or African American7.9%
Unknown4.2%
Asian2.2%
American Indian and Alaska Native0.9%

Apprentice Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2010-2019 among apprentices.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Apprentice Race By Year

YearWhiteBlack or African AmericanAsianHispanic or Latino
201071.25%8.42%2.13%15.94%
201170.61%8.76%2.16%15.94%
201270.47%8.66%2.21%16.06%
201369.70%8.76%2.19%16.74%
201469.97%8.95%2.04%16.78%
201569.17%9.17%2.19%16.77%
201669.19%8.44%2.07%17.58%
201767.10%8.29%2.44%19.51%
201868.50%8.02%1.99%18.83%
201969.26%7.69%2.16%18.47%
202065.81%8.35%2.06%18.56%
202164.54%7.91%2.20%20.25%

Apprentice Wage Gap By Race

Asian apprentices have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Hispanic or latino apprentices have the lowest average salary at $34,978.
$39,000
$38,000
$37,000
$36,000
$35,000
$34,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
EthnicitySalary
Unknown$36,393
White$37,756
Black or African American$35,050
Asian$38,122
Hispanic or Latino$34,978

Average Age of an Apprentice

We determined the average age of apprentices based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female

Apprentice Age By Race

RaceMale AgeFemale Age
Black or African American4552
Unknown40
Asian43
Hispanic or Latino3836
White4241
American Indian and Alaska Native36.5

Apprentice Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of apprentice employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of apprentices is 40+ years old, which represents 55% of the population.

40+ years

30-40 years

20-30 years


Apprentice Age

Apprentice YearsPercentages
40+ years55%
30-40 years27%
20-30 years18%

Types of Apprentice Degree Levels

The most common degree for apprentices is bachelor's degree 38% of apprentices earn that degree. A close second is high school diploma with 30% and rounding it off is associate degree with 18%.

  • Bachelors, 38%
  • High School Diploma, 30%
  • Associate, 18%
  • Diploma, 7%
  • Other Degrees, 7%

Apprentices By Education

Apprentice DegreePercentages
Bachelors38%
High School Diploma30%
Associate18%
Diploma7%
Other Degrees7%

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Apprentice Wage Gap By Education

Apprentices with a Associate degree earn more than those without, at $39,024 annually. With a Bachelors degree, apprentices earn a median annual income of $37,422 compared to $36,301 for apprentices with an High School Diploma degree.
$40,000
$39,000
$38,000
$37,000
$36,000
High School Diploma or Less
Bachelor's Degree
Some College/ Associate Degree
EducationSalary
High School Diploma or Less$36,301
Bachelor's Degree$37,422
Some College/ Associate Degree$39,024

Apprentice Employment Statistics

This section highlights information about where apprentices work. We found most apprentices work for a private company. In addition, the industry that employs the most apprentices is the construction industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire apprentices.

< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

Apprentice Jobs By Employer Size

Company SizePercentages
< 50 employees9%
50 - 100 employees17%
100 - 500 employees29%
500 - 1,000 employees9%
1,000 - 10,000 employees21%
> 10,000 employees15%

The Types Of Companies Apprentice Work In

Employees with the apprentice job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most apprentices prefer to work at private companies over public companies.

Education

Public

Private

Government

Apprentice Jobs By Sector

Company TypePercentages
Education6%
Public16%
Private76%
Government3%

Top Industries Hiring Apprentices

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ apprentices. Those industries include construction, manufacturing and professional.

Construction

Manufacturing

Professional

Technology

Non Profits

Apprentice Turnover And Employment Statistics

Apprentice Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of apprentices changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Apprentice Unemployment Rate By Year

YearApprentice Unemployment Rate
201015.50%
201112.66%
20129.65%
20137.94%
20146.08%
20154.67%
20164.49%
20173.48%
20182.92%
20192.81%
20204.62%
20214.91%

The Average Number of Years That Apprentice Stay in a Job

By looking over 43,489 apprentices resumes, we figured out that the average apprentice enjoys staying at their job for Less than 1 year for a percentage of 37%.

Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Apprentice Tenure

Number or YearsPercentages
Less than 1 year37%
1-2 years33%
3-4 years13%
5-7 years11%
8-10 years3%
11+ years3%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Apprentices with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to apprentices.

Job TitleLGBTJob Openings
Monument Erector1.40%46
Hot Tar Roofer1.43%1,449
Acoustical Ceiling Mechanic1.75%33,392
Mixing Plant Dumper2.24%8,715
Apprentice2.76%-
Acoustical Material Worker3.39%38,252
Tinker4.07%960

Apprentice LGBT Demographics

ProfessionPercentages of LGBT Job Openings
Monument Erector1.40%46
Hot Tar Roofer1.43%1,449
Acoustical Ceiling Mechanic1.75%33,392
Mixing Plant Dumper2.24%8,715
Acoustical Material Worker3.39%38,252
Tinker4.07%960

Foreign Languages Spoken By Apprentices

The most common foreign language among apprentices is Spanish at 54.8%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 11.1% and German is the third-most popular at 7.7%.

  • Spanish, 54.8%
  • French, 11.1%
  • German, 7.7%
  • Chinese, 3.5%
  • Italian, 3.5%
  • Other, 19.4%

Apprentice Languages Spoken

Foreign LanguagePercentages
Spanish54.8%
French11.1%
German7.7%
Chinese3.5%
Italian3.5%
Other19.4%

Apprentice Jobs

Apprentice Heatmaps

The amount you can make as an apprentice can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of apprentices is $43,810. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Apprentices Earn The Most?

Apprentices earn the most in Alaska, where the average apprentice salary is $51,422. The map here shows where apprentices earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Apprentices In High Demand?

Apprentices are in high demand in New York, NY. There are currently 17 job openings for apprentices here. We looked over job openings to determine where in the country apprentices are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings

Apprentice Demographics FAQs

What Percentage Of Apprentices Are Female?

23.7% of apprentices are female in the United States. This is -4.8 percentage points lower than last year. Additionally, the percentage of female apprentices has increased by 0.3 percentage points since 2010. That means there are a total of 49,941 female apprentices in the U.S. and 160,781 male apprentices in the United States. Note that Zippia's estimate accounts only for the 210,722 people with the specific job title of apprentice and doesn't include grouping similar job titles, or people with potentially similar credentialing.

How Many Apprentice Are There In The Us?

There are over 199,213 Apprentices in the United States.

What Percentage Of Apprentices Are Black?

7.9% of Apprentices are Black or African American

What Race Are Most Apprentices?

Most an are White, with 64.5% of Apprentices belonging to this ethnicity. 20.3% of Apprentices are Hispanic or Latino, 7.9% of Apprentices are Black or African American, 4.2% of Apprentices are Unknown, 2.2% of Apprentices are Asian, and 0.9% of Apprentices are American Indian and Alaska Native

Are Apprentice Jobs Male - Dominated?

Yes, Apprentice jobs are male - dominated. 78% of Apprentices are male, and 21% are female, so there are more male Apprentices than female Apprentices in the United States.

How Old Is The Average Apprentice?

The average Apprentice is 42 years old. 55% of Apprentices are 40+ years old or older, 27% are between the ages of 30-40 years, and 18% are between 20-30 years old

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