The total National Institutes of Health (NIH) Workforce Demographics for fourth quarter fiscal year 2018 (Q4 FY18) data was downloaded from the nVision Human Resources Database on October 30, 2018. The data is current as of September 30, 2018. The NIH workforce is depicted by race and or ethnicity, sex and disability status.

Please note the data only includes information on full-time equivalent employees. Commissioned Corps, Advisory Council members, trainees, fellows, and contractors are excluded. Employees classified in the four racial groups (white, black, Asian/Pacific Islander, American Indian/Alaska Native) are all non-Hispanic. Employees classified as Hispanic may identify with any of the four racial categories. The race and ethnicity of employees is based on self-reported data.

There are four categories for disability status: Not Identified (employee chose not to disclose whether he/she has a disability); No Disability (employee reports he/she does not have a disability); Reportable Disability (employee reports some type of disability); and Targeted Disability (this is a subset of a reportable disability which includes severe disabilities such as total blindness, deafness, and missing extremities).


(As of September 30, 2018)


By sex, there were 7208 males at 41.3 per cent of the NIH workforce. There were 10,238 females at 58.7 per cent of the NIH workforce. The NIH grand total population was 17446.

By race and or ethnicity, 57.0 percent were white. 20.6 percent were black. 3.5 percent were Hispanic. 18.3 percent were Asian/Pacific Islander. 0.5 percent were American Indian/Alaska Native.

By disability status, 4.4 percent did not identify their disability status. 88.4 percent reported not having a disability. 7.2 percent reported having a disability. 1.3 percent of the NIH population reported having a targeted disability. Targeted disability is a subset of reportable disability.