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Patent Agent Demographics in the US

The average employee age for patent agents is 45 years. The patent agent workforce reached a whopping 3,805 in 2020!

Among patent agents, we discovered that 26.6% of them are women, while 61.5% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among patent agents is White, which makes up 79.9% of all patent agents. Comparatively, there are 7.0% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 5.5% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

Patent Agent Statistics and Facts in the US

After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 3,805 patent agents currently employed in the United States.
  • 26.6% of all patent agents are women, while only 61.5% are men.
  • The average age of an employed patent agent is 45 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of patent agents is White (79.9%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (7.0%) and Black or African American (5.5%).
  • The majority of patent agents are located in NY, New York and DC, Washington.
  • Patent agents are most in-demand in San Diego, CA.
  • Patent agents are paid an average annual salary of $89,965.
  • The professional industry is the highest-paying for patent agents.
  • New York, NY pays an annual average wage of $131,129, the highest in the US.
  • Patent agents average starting salary is $46,000.
  • In 2021, women earned 93% of what men earned.
  • The top 10% of highest-paid patent agents earn as much as $173,000 or more.
  • 21% of all patent agents are LGBT.
  • Vermont is the best state for patent agents to live.
  • Patent agents are more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies.

Patent Agent Statistics by Race

The most common ethnicity among patent agents is White, which makes up 79.9% of all patent agents. Comparatively, there are 7.0% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 5.5% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

Job Title
  • White, 79.9%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 7.0%
  • Black or African American, 5.5%
  • Asian, 5.5%
  • Unknown, 1.9%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.2%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Patent Agents

The chart below shows that 19.0% of patent agents speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is German at 14.3% and Japanese is the third-most popular at 14.3%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 19.0%
  • German, 14.3%
  • Japanese, 14.3%
  • French, 14.3%
  • Chinese, 9.5%
  • Other, 28.6%

Types of Patent Agent Degree Levels

We assessed our data to determine the typical level of education for patent agents. The most common degree for patent agents is bachelor's degree. In fact, 55% of patent agents earn that degree. A close second is doctoral degree with 24% and rounding it off is master's degree with 16%.

Job Title
  • Bachelors degree, 55%
  • Doctorate degree, 24%
  • Masters degree, 16%
  • Associate degree, 1%
  • Other Degrees, 4%

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Patent Agent Employment Statistics

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

Company Size

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

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< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

The Types Of Companies Patent Agent Work In

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

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Private

Public

Education

Government

Top Industries Hiring Patent Agents

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

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Professional

Fortune 500

Manufacturing

Technology

Health Care

Patent Agent Diversity

From race to gender and even age, we found the average demographic information on those who work as patent agents. Keep reading to find out what the results for patent agents were.

Patent Agent Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2008-2018 among patent agents.

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

Patent Agent Gender Over Time

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

Male
Female
71%
68%
65%
63%
60%
57%
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018

Patent Agent 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 patent agents changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Average Age of a Patent Agent Based On Race And Gender

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

Male
Female

The Average Number of Years That Patent Agent Stay in a Job

By looking over 632 patent agents resumes, we figured out that the average patent agent enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 37%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Patent Agent Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of patent agent employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of patent agents is 40+ years old, which represents 63% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

Patent Agent Male to Female Ratio

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

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Job Titleascdesc
Maleasc
Femaleascdesc
Veteran Appeals Reviewer15%76%
Magistrate Assistant17%78%
Surrogate17%78%
Patent Agent62%27%
Trial Lawyer70%27%
Patent Examiner72%21%
Patent Attorney72%19%
Male
Female
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
Patent Attorney
Patent Examiner
Trial Lawyer
Patent Agent
Surrogate
Magistrate Assistant
Veteran Appeals Reviewer
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

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Patent Agent Gender Pay Gap

male-income
Male Income
$64,741
female-income
Female Income
$60,188

Patent Agent Income By Gender And Race/Ethnicity

We found interesting that Asian men and White men make more money compared to others.

  • Male
  • Female
$77,912
$74,335
$70,759
$67,182
$63,605
$60,029
$56,452
$52,875
Asian
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
White

Patent Agent Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

All Race and Ethnicity
Educationascdesc
Incomeasc
Doctorate Degree$66,441
Master's Degree$70,759

Patent Agent Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

  • Asian
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White
$74,194
$70,759
$67,323
$63,888
$60,452
$57,017
$53,582
Master's Degree
Doctorate Degree

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Patent Agent Heatmaps

The amount you can make as a patent agent can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of patent agents is $73,931. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Patent Agents Earn The Most?

The map here shows where patent agents earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Patent Agents Located?

By looking through more than 632 resumes, we found that the most popular places for patent agents are NY, New York and DC, Washington.

Number of Patent Agents