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Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for government contractors 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 5,294 government contractors currently employed in the United States.
  • 45.4% of all government contractors are women, while 54.6% are men.
  • The average age of an employed government contractor is 46 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of government contractors is White (77.0%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (14.6%) and Black or African American (3.5%).
  • The majority of government contractors are located in Washington, DC and Arlington, VA.
  • Government contractors are paid an average annual salary of $69,784.
  • Government contractors average starting salary is $33,000.
  • In 2021, women earned 86% of what men earned.
  • The top 10% of highest-paid government contractors earn as much as $145,000 or more.
  • 2% of all government contractors are LGBT.
  • Government contractors are more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies.

Government Contractor Statistics By Gender

Among government contractors, 45.4% of them are women compared to 54.6% which are men.

  • Male, 54.6%
  • Female, 45.4%

Government Contractors By Gender

Gender  Percentages  
Male54.6%
Female45.4%

Gender Pay Gap For Government Contractor

Women Earn 86¢ For Every $1 Earned By Men

male-income
Male Income
$64,323
female-income
Female Income
$55,146

Government Contractor Gender Over Time

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

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

Government Contractor Gender By Year

Year  Male  Female  
201056.58%43.42%
201158.94%41.06%
201256.78%43.22%
201356.73%43.27%
201461.61%38.39%
201556.21%43.79%
201654.68%45.32%
201749.65%50.35%
201856.35%43.65%
201953.33%46.67%

Government Contractor Male to Female Ratio

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, pipeline superintendent and station superintendent have the biggest difference in gender.

Job TitleMaleFemale
Community Health Nursing Director7%93%
Early Childhood Services Coordinator7%93%
Tourist Home Keeper8%92%
Government Contractor55%45%
Agronomy Research Manager98%2%
Station Superintendent98%2%
Pipeline Superintendent99%1%

Government Contractor Statistics By Race

The most common ethnicity among government contractors is White, which makes up 77.0% of all government contractors. Comparatively, there are 14.6% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 3.5% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

  • White, 77.0%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 14.6%
  • Black or African American, 3.5%
  • Asian, 2.8%
  • Unknown, 1.6%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.5%

Government Contractor Race

Government Contractor Race  Percentages  
White77.0%
Hispanic or Latino14.6%
Black or African American3.5%
Asian2.8%
Unknown1.6%
American Indian and Alaska Native0.5%

Government Contractor 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 government contractors.

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

Government Contractor Race By Year

Year  White  Black or African American  Asian  Hispanic or Latino  
201079.24%3.59%2.49%12.55%
201179.27%4.11%2.22%12.60%
201279.64%3.62%2.39%12.27%
201378.61%4.26%2.81%12.38%
201477.95%4.19%2.71%12.99%
201578.02%4.02%2.67%12.70%
201678.20%3.40%2.57%13.72%
201776.59%3.30%2.81%15.26%
201877.32%3.47%2.73%14.47%
201977.03%3.50%2.77%14.64%

Government Contractor Wage Gap By Race

Unknown government contractors have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Hispanic or latino government contractors have the lowest average salary at $55,392.
$68,000
$65,000
$62,000
$59,000
$56,000
$53,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
EthnicitySalary
Unknown$65,676
White$60,836
Black or African American$57,056
Asian$59,713
Hispanic or Latino$55,392

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Average Age of a Government Contractor

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

Male
Female

Government Contractor Age By Race

Race  Male Age  Female Age  
Black or African American5048.5
Unknown4452
Asian4542
Hispanic or Latino4339.5
White4844
American Indian and Alaska Native50

Government Contractor Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of government contractor employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of government contractors is 40+ years old, which represents 70% of the population.

20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years


Government Contractor Age

Government Contractor Years  Percentages  
20-30 years6%
30-40 years24%
40+ years70%

Types of Government Contractor Degree Levels

The most common degree for government contractors is bachelor's degree 54% of government contractors earn that degree. A close second is associate degree with 21% and rounding it off is master's degree with 11%.

  • Bachelors, 54%
  • Associate, 21%
  • Masters, 11%
  • High School Diploma, 9%
  • Other Degrees, 5%

Government Contractors By Education

Government Contractor Degree  Percentages  
Bachelors54%
Associate21%
Masters11%
High School Diploma9%
Other Degrees5%

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Government Contractor Wage Gap By Education

Government contractors with a Masters degree earn more than those without, at $97,389 annually. With a Doctorate degree, government contractors earn a median annual income of $95,278 compared to $81,837 for government contractors with an Bachelors degree.
$100,000
$93,000
$86,000
$79,000
$72,000
$65,000
$58,000
High School Diploma or Less
Master's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Doctorate Degree
Some College/ Associate Degree
EducationSalary
High School Diploma or Less$64,323
Master's Degree$97,389
Bachelor's Degree$81,837
Doctorate Degree$95,278
Some College/ Associate Degree$64,190

Government Contractor Employment Statistics

This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ government contractors. We found that the most common company type is private. In addition, the industry that employs the most government contractors is the professional industry.

Company Size

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

< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

Government Contractor Jobs By Employer Size

Company Size  Percentages  
< 50 employees4%
50 - 100 employees2%
100 - 500 employees12%
500 - 1,000 employees16%
1,000 - 10,000 employees35%
> 10,000 employees31%

The Types Of Companies Government Contractor Work In

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

Public

Private

Government

Government Contractor Jobs By Sector

Company Type  Percentages  
Public34%
Private55%
Government11%

Top Industries Hiring Government Contractors

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ government contractors. Those industries include professional, non profits and government.

Professional

Technology

Fortune 500

Government

Finance

Government Contractor Turnover And Employment Statistics

Government Contractor 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 government contractors changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Government Contractor Unemployment Rate By Year

Year  Government Contractor Unemployment Rate  
201011.13%
20119.39%
20126.73%
20135.09%
20143.91%
20153.22%
20162.80%
20172.50%
20182.02%
20191.64%

The Average Number of Years That Government Contractor Stay in a Job

By looking over 3,308 government contractors resumes, we figured out that the average government contractor enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 33%.

Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years


Government Contractor Tenure

Number or Years  Percentages  
Less than 1 year22%
1-2 years33%
3-4 years14%
5-7 years15%
8-10 years6%
11+ years10%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Government Contractors 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 government contractors.

Job TitleLGBTJob Openings
Government Contractor2.16%
Mechanical Engineering Director8.13%74,573
Show Operations Supervisor8.41%67,125
Radiology Manager10.10%15,565
Director Of Field Coordination12.85%50,895
Casino Manager14.43%66,240
Director Of Student Finance Aid14.77%106,839

Government Contractor LGBT Demographics

Profession  Percentages of LGBT   Job Openings  
Mechanical Engineering Director8.13%74,573
Show Operations Supervisor8.41%67,125
Radiology Manager10.10%15,565
Director Of Field Coordination12.85%50,895
Casino Manager14.43%66,240
Director Of Student Finance Aid14.77%106,839

Foreign Languages Spoken By Government Contractors

The most common foreign language among government contractors is Spanish at 52.5%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 10.0% and Japanese is the third-most popular at 5.0%.

  • Spanish, 52.5%
  • French, 10.0%
  • Japanese, 5.0%
  • Arabic, 3.8%
  • Portuguese, 2.5%
  • Other, 26.2%

Government Contractor Languages Spoken

Foreign Language  Percentages  
Spanish52.5%
French10.0%
Japanese5.0%
Arabic3.8%
Portuguese2.5%
Other26.2%

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Where Are Government Contractors Located?

By looking through more than 3,308 resumes, we found that the most popular places for government contractors are Washington, DC and Arlington, VA.

Number of Government Contractors