Top 5 Federal Agencies: who has the happiest employees?


Every year, the Office of Personnel Management surveys federal employees to find out how they really feel about their jobs. More than 266,000 workers participated this year, rating their agencies for job satisfaction, as well as in three other categories. Apparently, the disgruntled beuracrat is a myth. No agency had less than 61% job satisfaction.  We were curious to see which agencies reported the highest levels of job satisfaction.

5. Federal Trade Commission

71% of workers at the FTC claim a high level of job satisfaction.

4. Social Security Administration.

All the talk of cutting Social Security hasn’t fazed the workers: 72% of SSA employees rate their agency high on job satisfaction.

3. State Department

Nice to know that 72% of the people responsible for diplomacy portion of national security are very happy with their jobs. The military personnel who wield our weapons a little less satisfied. 69% of Army, Navy & Marine employees report high job satisfaction.


It’s not so surprising that NASA ranks so high when you consider how hard it is to get a job in the Space Program. Of course, not everyone who works at NASA is an astronaut, and across the board, 74% of employees rate are happy working there.

1. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

This is the agency that ensures that we never have to deal with Godzilla, or that three-eyed fish from The Simpsoms. With those kind of weighty concerns, it’s a little surprising that the NRC is #1 for job satisfaction. 77% of the employees love working their.

Check out all the results of the survey at the Washington Post to see how your agency measures up.

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