Federal Manager's Daily Report

Here are some of the characteristics of the federal government’s elite executive cadre:


Most SES members are career appointees. More than 92 percent, to be exact.

42% of all SES positions are in administrative job categories. Here’s how the remainder breaks down: 13% legal; 11% science/math; 11% engineering; 6% financial; 4% medical/veterinary, and 13% “other.”

Most (by far) SES members work in the Washington, DC area.

25% of SES members are women.

Nearly 14% of all SES appointments are held by minorities.

Most SES members are paid at or above the (current six-grade) ES-4 pay level, ES-6 being the highest. (Source: Office of Personnel Management 2001 Demographics)