Public Administration

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Workforce
7.13M
2019 ACS Estimate
Average Employee Age
44.8
Average Salary
$66,232
Average Male Salary
$73,319
Average Female Salary
$70,978

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The top three occupations in the Public Administration Industry Group are Police officers, Other managers, Correctional officers and jailers, Firefighters, and Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers. On average, full-time employees in the Public Administration Industry Sub-Sector work 43 hours per week and have an average annual salary of $69,728. Part-time employees in the same industry work 20.1 hours and earn an average annual salary of $23,306.

The locations with the highest concentration of employees in the Public Administration Industry Sub-Sector are Arlington County (South) PUMA, VA, District of Columbia (Central) PUMA, DC, and La Plata Town & Waldorf PUMA, MD. The industry that purchases the most products or services from the Hospitals Industry Group is Public Administration.

Workforce

A snapshot of jobs, wages, and opportunities in the Public Administration Industry Sub-Sector. Police officers are the most common position, but the Public Administration Industry Sub-Sector employs a relatively high number of Correctional officers and jailers, compared to other industries. 

The highest average salary in Public Administration goes to Surgeons.

Monthly Employment

Start Year
Y-Axis
−1.2%
Year-over-year decline
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 5.32M people employed in the State Government industry. This represents a −1.2% decrease in employment when compared to May 2020.

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Occupations

Occupations by Share

7.13M
Workforce (ACS Estimate)
± 64k
−1.67%
1 Year Growth
± 1.29%

According to ACS estimates, the number of people employed in the Public Administration Industry Sub-Sector has been declining at a rate of −1.67%, , from 7.25M people in 2018 to 7.13M people in 2019.

The following graphic shows the share of employment in Public Administration by various occupations according to ACS estimates. Police officers represent the largest share of positions held in Public Administration at 10.4%, followed by Other managers with 5.72% and Correctional officers and jailers with 5.28%.

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Most Common

The most common occupations in the Public Administration Industry Sub-Sector, by number of employees, are Police officers, Other managers, Correctional officers and jailers, Firefighters, and Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers.

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Most Specialized

Compared to other Industry Sub-Sectors, Public Administration employs an unusually high number of Correctional officers and jailers, Firstline supervisors of fire fighting & prevention workers, and Firstline supervisors of correctional officers.

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Highest Paid

The highest paid occupations in Public Administration, by average wage, are Surgeons, Physicians, and Dentists.

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Wages

Average Salary

$66,232
AVERAGE WAGE
± $408

On average, employees in the Public Administration Industry Sub-Sector make $66,232 per year. This number makes Public Administration the 5 highest paying Industry Sub-Sector in the United States out of a total of 21 Industry Sub-Sectors.

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Wage by Location

HIGHEST PAYING PUBLIC USE MICRODATA AREA

This map shows which public use microdata areas (PUMAs) pay the highest average salary to employees in the Public Administration Industry Sub-Sector.

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Wage Distribution

0.334
WAGE GINI

Public Administration has a wage GINI of 0.334, which is less than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Public Administration (shown in red) in comparison to the national average for those wage buckets (shown in gray).

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Opportunities

Spatial Concentration

This map shows the PUMAs in the United States that have revealed comparative advantage in the Public Administration Industry Sub-Sector.

These are locations that employ more people in the Public Administration Industry Sub-Sector than expected given both the size of that location's overall labor pool and the national size of the Public Administration Industry Sub-Sector.

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Diversity

Demographic information on the Public Administration Industry Sub-Sector in the US. Male employees tend to earn more than Female employees, with average respective salaries of $73,319 and $70,978. So too tend to earn more than other races and ethnicities in this industry.

Gender Composition

3.25M
FEMALE WORKFORCE
±43.8k
3.88M
MALE WORKFORCE
±47.7k

54.4% of workers in the Public Administration Industry Sub-Sector are Male, making them the more common gender in the workforce. This chart shows the gender breakdown of the Public Administration Industry Sub-Sector.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

$73,319
AVERAGE MALE SALARY
±$580
$70,978
AVERAGE FEMALE SALARY
±$558

On average, Male workers in the Public Administration Industry Sub-Sector make 1.03 times more than their Female counterparts. This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in the Public Administration Industry Sub-Sector.

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Wage by Race & Ethnicity in Common Jobs

RACE OR ETHNICITY WITH THE HIGHEST AVERAGE SALARY
  1. Asian
  2. American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races
  3. Two or More Races

On average, Asian employees in the Public Administration Industry Sub-Sector earn 1.18 times more than other races and ethnicities. This chart shows the race and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in the Public Administration Industry Sub-Sector.

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Input/Output

Estimates of the sources of the costs and the purchasers of the products in the Public Administration Industry Sub-Sector. Based on estimates from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, this section indicates the amount of money spent by a specific industry in other industries. Manufacturing has the highest single input, by dollars, to the Public Administration Industry Sub-Sector, and the largest industry purchasing services from the Public Administration Industry Sub-Sector is Finance, insurance, real estate, rental, and leasing.

In this visualization, click on a category to expand or collapse it. All of the industries listed to the left are those places from which the highlighted industry has made purchases. They are the intermediate inputs to the highlighted industry. All those industries listed on the right side are those industries that have made purchases from the highlighted industry. They are the use of outputs of the highlighted industry. The visualizations below offer alternative ways to see and understand this data.

Industrial Flow

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Intermediate Inputs

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The Public Administration Industry Sub-Sector gets the most input, by its share of the cost of all intermediate inputs, from the Manufacturing Industry. This visualization does not include labor and capital costs.

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Use of Output by Other Industries

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The Finance, insurance, real estate, rental, and leasing Industry purchases the greatest share of products and services from the Public Administration Industry Sub-Sector in order to produce other goods and services. Purchases of the Public Administration Industry Sub-Sector for final consumption by consumers, businesses, or government are not included here.

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