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Monday, April 29, 2024

Federal Workforce


  • The Department of Defense employs 34 percent of the federal civilian workforce. Those employees work in hundreds of different occupations, but the most common are information technology worker, program analyst, and contract manager.
  • The Department of Veterans Affairs employs 19 percent of the federal civilian workforce. Because that department operates roughly 1,300 health care facilities for veterans, about 60 percent of its employees work in various medical professions, the most common of which is nursing.
  • The Department of Homeland Security employs 9 percent of the federal civilian workforce. The most common job in that department is inspector for the Transportation Security Administration, which accounts for 22 percent of the department’s employees.

Compared with private-sector employees, the average compensation costs for federal employees in 2022 were greater among workers whose education culminated in a bachelor’s degree or less, but lower among workers with more education.