Government-wide Analysis

Demographic Findings


The 2016 Best Places to Work rankings offer valuable insights into federal employee views of their jobs and workplace, including a look at the perspectives of workers from different demographic groups. We include the demographic analysis to allow agency leaders to identify possible issues that may be affecting one group in an agency more than another. However, the response rate on the survey’s demographic questions is lower than the response rates for the other segments of the survey. Therefore, many of these scores are not comparable to the overall government-wide index score. For example, the average scores for women and men are both higher than the government-wide average (59.4).

Government-wide, men are marginally less engaged with their jobs than women, with a score of 61.8 out of 100 compared to 62.2 for women. The scores for women and men increased since 2015 by 1.1 and 1.4 points, respectively.

The 2016 data show a 13.5 point gap between the highest- and lowest-scoring racial and ethnic groups. Employees who classify themselves as Asian are the most satisfied with their jobs and workplaces, registering a score of 67.1. They are followed by black employees (63.2), white (62.5), Hispanic or Latino (61.3), Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islanders (60.2), American Indian (55.3) and multiracial (53.6) employees. The scores increased for all of the racial and ethnic groups with the exception of those who identified as American Indian. This group’s score decreased by 1.6 points.

Members of the Senior Executive Service, the federal leadership corps, have an employee engagement score of 85.5—a 2.6-point increase from 2015.

Those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender have an employee engagement score of 58.8, which is 5.2 points lower than the score for those who identified as heterosexual (64.0).

Government-wide Index Scores by Demographic (0ut of 100)

Click the links below to view agency rankings by demographic. Click on the column headings to sort by change or scores by year.

Demographic Change (2015‑16) 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2007 2005 2003
Female 1.1 62.2 61.1 60.1 61.4 63.9 67.1 66.1 63.6
Male 1.4 61.8 60.4 59.5 60.3 64.3 66.4 67.9 63.1
American Indian or Native American -1.6 55.3 56.9 55.4 57.6 58.3 61.2 63.2 61.3
Asian 0.1 67.1 67.0 65.5 67.3 68.8 71.7 71.2 67.3
Black or African-American 0.8 63.2 62.4 62.0 63.2 64.9 67.8 66.8 64.5
Hispanic or Latino 1.7 61.3 59.6 58.7 60.9 64.4 67.4 68.8 65.1
Multi-racial 1.1 53.6 52.5 52.9 53.9 56.9 59.8 55.8 55.7
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1.1 60.2 59.1 57.6 61.1 62.9
White 1.5 62.5 61.0 59.9 60.7 64.4 66.8 67.6 63.5
Employees with Disabilities 1.4 57.2 55.8 54.5 55.9 58.0
LGBT 1.1 58.8 57.7
Senior Executive Service (SES) 2.6 85.5 82.9 81.8 80.8 82.6
Veterans 1.0 60.6 59.6 58.5 59.5 63.1

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