Top Employers of Veterans


job interview Once they've received their last paycheck from Uncle Sam, where do most military folks go to find the next one? It turns out that many don't travel far. Former military members often get picked up by companies that work directly with the federal government and the military.

Online salary database has come up with a list of the most common employers of former military service men and women. Not surprisingly, companies who contract with the military or federal government prefer hiring workers who are familiar with those organizations. "A key skill that military people have going for them is that they understand how to work with the government and the military," says Al Lee, PayScale's director of quantitative analysis.

For example, General Electric made jet engines for the military during WWII and has also been involved in nuclear weapons production. It would certainly make sense to have their production, engineering and logistics teams as military-savvy as possible.

Lee says to keep in mind, too, that it is not just the engineering or technical jobs at these companies that benefit from military know-how. From human resources to finance and marketing, employing people who know how decisions are made and deals are cut for government agencies helps these businesses succeed.

"These companies deal with big, complicated, international projects. People with military experience are well-equipped to handle that," says Lee.

Who are the big employers? Lee says that they fall into three categories: the aerospace industry, weapons and defense contracting, and working for the government directly.

Below are examples of jobs where employers might prefer military savvy and the average, annual salaries for those jobs, according to PayScale.

1. Aerospace Industry

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2. Weapons and Security Companies

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3. Government Agencies

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  • United States Government
  • Department of Defense
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security

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Top 20 Employers of Former Military
  1. Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)
  2. Booz, Allen and Hamilton
  3. Northrop Grumman Corporation
  4. L-3 Communications
  5. United States Government - Department of Defense
  6. BAE Systems, Inc.
  7. Lockheed Martin Corporation
  8. Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC)
  9. CACI International, Inc.
  10. The Boeing Company
  11. Department of Veteran's Affairs
  12. Allied Barton Security Services Inc.
  13. Raytheon Company
  14. Securitas Security Services USA, Inc.
  15. Deloitte Consulting LLP
  16. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  17. Exelon Corporation
  18. General Dynamics Corporation
  19. General Electric Company (GE)
  20. Stryker Corporation

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Source: All salary data is provided by Salaries listed are annual salaries for full-time workers with 5-8 years of experience and include any bonuses, commissions or profit sharing.

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December 03 2012 at 6:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

As a retired military officer I was offered several positions with the U.S. government but turned them down because of the "double dipper" laws. I would have had to forfeit a very large percentage of my military pension to draw a paycheck from the U.S. government. I felt I deserved to draw a full pension for my military service and a full paycheck for the work I would be doing at my job. So I went to work for a construction materials company and drew a full military pension and a full paycheck till I retired from there. Unfortunetly the pension from my second career was in the form of a 401(k) invested in the stock market.

April 12 2011 at 6:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

No offense but I am all for 0 special interests. While I am not for hiring non US citizens the fact is may foreign countries are now out preforming us especially in tech.. I want them to hire a US citizen but after that hire the best, if that is the veteran great if not too bad. Everyone wants something extra for doing the job they signed up for respect yes, special consideration no. We keep throwing the word hero around for cops, firemen, military etc. If you don't want the job, pay etc don't do it maybe not for military but police etc you are not heroes for just doing the job, please move over if you don't want the high pay many others will take it.

April 12 2011 at 5:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


April 12 2011 at 5:02 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
dc walker

Natural progression. Most of those who join the military have a deep regard for their country and stay in the professions that defend this country. Bless them all.

April 12 2011 at 3:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Its a shame that other hi-tech companies that are not involved with defense could care less if you are a veteran or not. Many would rather hire foreigners at lower wages. I an an engineer; former Air Force and you have no idea how many job interviews etc I went to where no one asked or cared if I was a veteran or not. You would think there would be laws in place or tax incentives given to companies that hire veterans instead of foreigners. Its a rotten shame those that volunteer and risk their life for their country arent even given any extra consideration at many US companies. So before you elect your congressman; ask them about getting through to DC about passing some sort of veterans employment act or tax breaks for every veteran they employ.

April 12 2011 at 3:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kwaku Asante

what a nice day,I hope everyone will also feel..................

April 12 2011 at 3:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

•A new poll shows that only 19 percent of Americans strongly approve of President Obama’s performance. The other 81 percent don’t own gas stations.
•Gas has gone up 20 cents just this week. Shouldn’t we stop calling it crude oil at this point and call it obscene oil?
•Obama said in an interview that he really misses being anonymous. If he wanted to remain anonymous he should have run for vice president.
•According to the New York Post, the house from "Jersey Shore" is now for rent. But the hot tub was sent to the Centers for Disease Control for analysis.

April 12 2011 at 3:25 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Phoenix Lee

stay overseas foreign legion or peace corp, most vets are poor or do your twenty years

April 12 2011 at 1:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Looks like nobody listened to Eisenhower at all.

April 12 2011 at 12:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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