Unexpectedly Intriguing!
10 February 2010

Government Social Worker - Source: BLS Earlier this year, we posted a tool that allows you to estimate how many employees of the U.S. federal government there are within a given range of income. It turns out that our tool was a bit off, in that we assumed that the number of federal employees would add up to two million in 2010.

That assumption turned out to be wrong. Going by the budget proposal that President Obama recently submitted to the U.S. Congress, that number turns out to be 7.5% lower than what the President projects will be the real number of federal employees: 2.15 million.

We've made the necessary adjustments to our code to accommodate the higher number of federal government employees, and for your convenience, we're reposting the tool below:

Federal Employee Salary Range Data
Input Data Lower Limit Upper Limit
Lower and Upper Limits of Salary Range

Number of Federal Government Civilian Employees
Results Values
Estimated Number of Federal Employees Within Indicated Salary Range

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