OPM has published new data on the Senior Executive Service, the highest level to which career federal employees typically can reach, showing that the makeup of the SES cadre was little changed over five years.
For example, the total number of SES members was little changed in 2018 versus 2014, 7,847 vs. 7,802—although there was a peak in 2016 at 8,172—and the portion made up of appointees also was about the same, 650 in 2018 vs. 682 in 2014. By department, the most notable change was at DHS, up from 598 to 690; numbers overall were little changed at other Cabinet departments, while there was a drop of about the same size among all other agencies combined.
The average age of an SES member, 54.6, was up by three tenths of a percentage point; the average length of total federal service was unchanged at 22; and the percentage of males, 66.1 percent, was up by one tenth of a percentage point.
Other data, also little changed over the period, include that: 66.7 percent have an advanced degree, 23.6 percent have a four-year college degree and 2.9 percent have some college; and of the 882 who separated from federal service, 615 retired, 245 quit and just 5 were discharged, with deaths or other types of separation making up the rest.
The average salary increased to $178,642 from $168,214 in that time.
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