Governmental employees in the U.S. in 2018

This statistic shows the number of governmental employees, by function, in the U.S. in 2018. For instance, around 439,765 officers were employed for financial administration by state and local governments in the United States in 2018.

Number of governmental employees in the U.S. in 2018, by function

FunctionsNumber of full-time equivalent employees
Education - Elementary and Secondary Total 7,802,158
Education - Higher Education Total 3,264,805
Police Protection Total997,419
Public Welfare540,946
All other and unallocable486,556
Judicial and Legal440,348
Financial Administration439,765
Fire Protection Total 437,282
Parks and Recreation429,961
Other Government Administration413,478
Natural Resources192,081
Water Supply186,332
Libraries 186,184
Solid Waste Management116,522
Housing and Community Development112,064
Education - Other89,738
Electric Power78,757
Social Insurance Administration69,068
Air Transportation52,787
Water Transport and Terminals 13,943
State liquor stores13,535
Gas Supply11,783
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Release date

June 2019


United States

Survey time period

As of March 2018

Supplementary notes

Includes full-time and part-time employment.

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