Number of Federal Employees


How many federal employees are there in the US?

At least 2,748,978.

There are 2,748,978 civilian federal employees in the United States as of January 2009. This is according to the Federal Employment Statistics published by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Employees with security agencies (CIA, NSA, etc) as well as the National Imagery and Mapping Agency are not included in this number. 97.6% of civilian federal employees work in the executive branch of government.

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  1. Havlin

    September 25, 2010 1:34 pm

    Does this statistic include the Postal Workers (~600k)? It does not distinguish between the civilian and military. I think the civilian segment is 1.3 million and if the 600k is excluded, it brings the total to 1.9 million civilian federal workers.

    • Donald B

      July 17, 2012 9:45 pm

      Havlin must be a Federal worker, and stupid, too. This does not include the number of federal retired workers, most with twenty years service, federal contractors (yes there are millions more), or number of former federal workers getting disability (the biggest joke in goverment, so easy to get), state and municipal employees, school boards, etc. The Democrats and Rupublicans keep saying they want to protect the middle class and working people, but as government grows, fewer and fewert are paying the price. The current administration just spent about 3.5 trillion and we have no way of paying for it. Is the party over??????
      Of course Havlin will still be getting his paycheck (government) and retire at what age, 42??????, while veterans struggle years to get a disability claim approved, by thesae so called federal employees, who could not begin to survive in us woreking peoples world………..

      • MadMaxx

        September 27, 2013 5:09 pm

        You’re a jerk Donald B and most likely have the IQ of a turnip. He asks a pretty simple question question and you immediately go running off on some tangent about retired people and every other group he didn’t ask about…”HEY, look at the squirrles” you ADHD jerk!

      • Bev

        October 29, 2013 2:04 pm

        Yes, Donald B., it is confirmed and I agree with MadMaxx! You are a jerk. Usually when a person attacks another person’s intelligence, they are really attacking their own. And as your unfocused diatribe indicates, you aren’t the smartest tack in the box.

        This article is about civilian federal employees, not about retiree’s or those on disability. I think a valid question would be, does this include the military? Are you military (retired) and that’s why you didn’t include them in your list and mentioned struggling veterans?

        Applying for disability is not a walk in the park with all of the forms and verifications you have to submit. Receiving disability is significantly harder and takes an enormous amount of time. My next door neighbor had terminal cancer. She died before her application was approved and left a mountain of medical bills.

        Lastly, there is no evidence to support your allegations that Havlin receives his government paycheck (except when the government shuts down). I understand “comments” include positive and negative. But in order for your rantings and ravings to have validation, they should make sense, and, Sir, yours don’t.

        • Pappawtom

          November 10, 2013 9:11 pm

          Bev if it is true that a person who attacks another person’s intelligence is really attacking their own means you are attacking your own. Just where do you rank with Donald B’s?

        • jim k

          August 1, 2015 8:39 pm

          bev, has your union at the federal government mandated that you people get bigger chairs to accommodate the size of your fat asses sitting on them all day?

          • jim k

            August 1, 2015 8:46 pm

            and while there may be no evidence to support donald b’s assertion that havlin is stupid and therefore must be receiving a government paycheck he did address havlins question. havlin asked if this number included the postal service, which it does not, although donald b did not specifically mention the postal service, he did mention numerous other populations that are not included in this count.

      • Roland D

        March 9, 2015 1:04 pm

        Donald B. You sir are one of the reasons I spend very little time reading comments that people post about different topics. Your comments are; offensive, inaccurate, and have no merit whatsoever. I am a federal employee and I will retire with nearly 42 years of government services. I am very proud of my accomplishments and the manner in which I have supported the US Navy by helping to repair and maintain our ships. My wife is currently receiving $1,000 a month because she is 100% disabled. She is in constant pain, has two wires running along her spine. She contributed to Social Security for many years and I assure you she would be much happier if she could trade that $1,000 a month and be pain free. It’s heart braking to see her crying when she can no longer stand the pain. Please sir, before you judge others, ensure you have the knowledge to express yourself accurately and in a respectful manner. As far as veterans are concerns, they certainly deserve many more benefits. That doesn’t justify you bad mouthing others. Federal employees, contractors, military, etc. No one can judge other by the organization they are involved in. You will always have those that will abuse any system possible and those who will give as much as they possibly can.

      • Jones

        January 4, 2017 11:41 pm

        Lets not forget that these federal employees pay LOTS of taxes too. We contribute a lot of money to the economy with our taxes (state and federal) and also purchasing power.

  2. Ron Kocsis

    April 23, 2012 4:24 pm

    Some information site this is. Your data for number of federal employees is over 3 years old!! Info is only valuable if it is current. So yours is worthless.

  3. dennis guest

    June 7, 2015 5:15 am

    if a person looks at the United States debt clock in real time , they would see the number of goverment employees across all sections at 23,770,629 and counting. AND they still can’t get anything done right. Oh, and the unemployment figures show reported numbers as 8,652,998 and actual as 16,971,400… How do you like them apples?

    • Jones

      January 4, 2017 11:45 pm

      Lowest number fed employees since Reagan was in White House, I believe. Once again, we contribute LOTS in taxes to local economy and federal govt tax also. Local economies are greatly bolstered by our money.

  4. sunman42

    January 27, 2016 2:18 pm

    If you want the most current numbers, see: for the last (as of this writing) 44 years’ data. Or you could just go on trolling one another.

    And oh, yeah, the information is provided buy (eek!) civil servants, though it’s probably contract employees (not included in the numbers) who built and maintain the Website.

  5. Anti Everything

    February 22, 2016 4:01 pm

    I was looking for the stat on the total number of federal employees actively sucking the life out of people that actually get work done and pay a tax that pays for the bloated federal employee. That would include all the P.I.G.S. (people in government service) employed by the US CORP and all of its sub CORP e.g. NSA FBI BLM DOJ DOD CIA GAO etc etc. I found a 3.2 million just for the DOD. A lot harder to find then I think it should be. And I would like to find current data

    • stephen leonhard

      June 18, 2017 1:37 pm

      I have never visited a government office: city,county, state , federal or military where employees appeared to be fully engaged.
      I remember that we have 17 intelligence gathering organizations. Do any of them share information?


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