New demographic data on the federal workforce show several long-term trends continuing, including an overall increase in educational levels and diversity but also a slight decrease in average tenure.
An OPM report including figures through fiscal 2018—meaning they are now two years old—say those are “interesting trends” among non-seasonal, full-time permanent employees. The “NSFTP” segment is considered the core of the federal workforce and numbering just under 1.9 million (other categories account for the remainder in the commonly cited overall non-postal workforce number of 2.1 million).
The report shows that among them, compared with 2010:
* The percentage of those with a high school education or below fell from 27.5 to 2.4.4 percent while the percentage of those with a masters or doctorate degree rose from 14.2 to 19 percent.
* The percentage of those self-identifying as white fell by 3.5 percentage points to 62.3 percent.
* The percentage of women fell from 43.2 to 42.7 percent.
* Average age rose from 46.8 to 47.5 (although it has been essentially flat since 2014).
* Average length of tenure decreased from 14.4 to 13.4 years.
* Average salary rose nearly $10,000 to $86,051.
* The annual separations rate rose from 5 to 6.8 percent.