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About one-third of wage and salary workers had 10 or more years of tenure in January 2022

October 24, 2022

In January 2022, 31.0 percent of all wage and salary workers age 25 and over had 10 or more years of tenure with their current employer, down from 32.2 percent in January 2020. Among men, 32.2 percent of wage and salary workers had at least 10 years of tenure with their current employer, higher than the figure for women (29.6 percent).

Percent of employed wage and salary workers age 25 and over with 10 years or more of tenure with their current employer, selected years, 1983–2022
Month Total Men Women

Jan 1983

31.9% 37.7% 24.9%

Jan 1987

30.7 35.0 25.7

Jan 1991

32.2 35.9 28.2

Feb 1996

30.5 33.1 27.6

Feb 1998

30.7 32.7 28.4

Feb 2000

31.5 33.4 29.5

Jan 2002

30.8 32.6 28.8

Jan 2004

30.6 32.4 28.6

Jan 2006

30.0 31.1 28.8

Jan 2008

31.5 32.9 30.0

Jan 2010

33.1 34.3 31.9

Jan 2012

33.7 34.6 32.8

Jan 2014

33.3 34.0 32.6

Jan 2016

33.2 33.8 32.6

Jan 2018

33.2 33.8 32.5

Jan 2020

32.2 33.1 31.2

Jan 2022

31.0 32.2 29.6

The gap between men and women with 10 or more years of tenure has lessened over time. In 1983, 37.7 percent of men had 10 or more years of tenure, compared with 24.9 percent for women.

The share of wage and salary workers age 16 and over with a year or less of tenure with their current employer was 24.3 percent in January 2022, up from 22.2 percent in January 2020. This short-tenured group includes new hires, job losers who found new jobs during the previous year, and workers who had voluntarily changed employers during the year.

Percent distribution of employed wage and salary workers by tenure with their current employer, by age, January 2022
Age 12 months or less 13 to 23 months 2 years 3 to 4 years 5 to 9 years 10 to 14 years 15 to 19 years 20 years or more

Total

24.3% 5.7% 5.2% 17.9% 19.9% 9.7% 6.4% 10.8%

16 to 19 years

78.5 8.8 6.0 6.4 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0

20 to 24 years

54.2 12.4 9.9 19.1 4.3 0.0 0.0 0.0

25 to 34 years

30.6 7.6 7.2 25.9 23.2 5.0 0.6 0.0

35 to 44 years

19.2 5.3 4.7 18.8 25.4 14.0 9.2 3.4

45 to 54 years

12.9 4.0 3.9 15.4 21.2 13.2 10.4 18.9

55 to 64 years

11.6 2.5 2.5 12.6 19.3 12.6 10.1 28.9

65 years and over

11.2 2.2 3.0 11.7 19.5 13.9 9.9 28.5

Younger workers were more likely than older workers to be short-tenured employees. For example, in January 2022, 78.5 percent of 16- to 19-year-olds had tenure of 12 months or less with their current employer, compared with 11.2 percent of workers age 65 and over.

These data are from the Current Population Survey. To learn more, see “Employee Tenure in 2022.”

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, About one-third of wage and salary workers had 10 or more years of tenure in January 2022 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2022/about-one-third-of-wage-and-salary-workers-had-10-or-more-years-of-tenure-in-january-2022.htm (visited February 07, 2023).

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