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Workforce Age


In FY 2010, the average age of Washington state employees was 47 years compared to an average of 46 years among other state governments as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics for 2009. The average age of managers remains at 51 years.

The state’s workforce is generally older than the civilian or national workforces, with 10 percent more employees age 55 or older than the comparison populations.

71% of State Employees Are Over 40
Workforce Age Range Percent
-20 1
20-24 3
25-29 7
30-34 9
35-39 10
40-44 12
45-49 14
50-54 16
55-59 16
60-64 10
65+ 3

 

Age Comparison - State and Civilian Workforce
Age Range WA State Government WA Civilian Workforce* National Workforce**
*Source: Washington State Employment Security Department 2008 **National Bureau of Labor Statistics 2008
-25 4 14 13
25-34 16 22 21
35-44 22 22 23
45-54 30 23 24
55+ 29 19 19