National Institutes of Health (NIH) Workforce Demographics

The Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Office published data on the demographic composition and profiles of the NIH workforce as of March 31, 2021. Data is broken down by NIH Total Workforce, NIH Selected Pay Plans, and NIH Leadership.

Please see the Data Notes below for additional information on the data source and timing. Additional data, including disability status, sex, supervisory status, and general schedule (GS) and wage grade (WG) pay plans, are also available as part of the Fiscal Year 2021, Second Quarter (Q2) data.

Check out the EDI Data Analytics webpage to learn more about the data, submit data requests, meet the analysts, and access resources.

Figure 1: NIH Total Workforce

Figure 1: Pie chart showing NIH total workforce (18,478). Hispanic or Latino: 3.9% (724), White: 54.3% (10,038), Black or African American: 20.6% (3,798), Asian: 19.4% (3,586), Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0.1% (16), American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.7% (131), two or more races: 1.0% (185). Males: 40.9% (7,560), Females: 59.1% (10,916), Unknown: (0.0%) 2.

Employees classified in the five racial groups of Two or more races are all non-Hispanic or Latino. Employees classified as Hispanic or Latino may identify with any combination of the five racial categories.

Figure 2: NIH Total Workforce by Job Category (Race & Ethnicity)

Figure 2: NIH total Workforce by job category, FY21 Q2: Scientific Occupations – Hispanic or Latino: 3.5% (300), White: 60.5% (5,235), Black or African American: 6.4% (550), Asian: 28.6% (2,472), Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0.1% (7), American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.4% (32), two or more races: 0.7% (59). Health & Research Occupations – Hispanic or Latino: 3.2% (68), White: 48.5% (1,037), Black or African American: 30.7% (656), Asian: 16.0% (342), Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0.1% (3), American Indian or Alaska Native: 1.0% (22), two or more races: 0.5% (11). Infrastructure Occupations – Hispanic or Latino: 4.6% (356), White: 49.0% (3,766), Black or African American: 33.7% (2,592), Asian: 10.0% (772), Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0.1% (6), American Indian or Alaska Native: 1.0% (77), two or more races: 1.5% (115).

Employees classified in the five racial groups of Two or more races are all non-Hispanic or Latino. Employees classified as Hispanic or Latino may identify with any combination of the five racial categories.

Data Notes

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Workforce Demographics for the second quarter fiscal year 2021 (Q2 FY 2021) data was retrieved from the nVision Human Resources Database on April 2, 2021 with an As Of date of March 31, 2021. Please note the overall workforce data only includes information on full-time equivalent employees. Employees classified in the five racial groups or Two or more races are all non-Hispanic or Latino. Employees classified as Hispanic or Latino may identify with any combination of the five racial categories. Commissioned Corps (CC), Advisory Council (EI) and ZZ pay plans are excluded.

Targeted disabilities are defined as disabilities that the government has, for several decades, emphasized in hiring because they pose the greatest barriers to employment, such as blindness, deafness, paralysis, convulsive disorders, and mental illnesses, among others.

An individual with a disability is defined on the SF 256 as, “a person who (1) has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities; (2) has a record of such an impairment; or (3) is regarded as having such an impairment.” This definition is provided by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (29 U.S.C. 701, et seq.).

Source: https://www.eeoc.gov

EDI Link Out: https://www.edi.nih.gov/data/demographics

This page last reviewed on December 7, 2021