Federal Employees’ Job Satisfaction Shows Modest Improvement

The results from the 2015 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey are in, and they show slight improvements in the overall scores for both employee engagement and global satisfaction. Read on to see which agencies had the best overall scores.

The Office of Personnel Management has released the results from the 2015 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. The results show that slight improvements have been made in both employee engagement and overall satisfaction over last year’s results.

The employee engagement index increased 1% over last year, going from 63% to 64%. The global satisfaction score also posted a 1% increase over 2014, going from 59% to 60%.

According to OPM director Beth Cobert, while the increases appear small, they are actually statistically significant, and she noted that many agencies experienced much larger gains, particularly the smaller agencies.

Cobert attributes the improvement in overall scores to efforts by the Obama Administration to focus on employee engagement as well as to an active response from agency leadership to respond to the feedback received from past surveys.

Cobert wrote in a blog post, “Internal engagement efforts are more likely to be successful when employee feedback is used to make workplace changes. That’s why these results are crucial. Agencies that experienced increases in employee engagement of 3 percentage points or more also saw an increase in employees’ confidence that the survey would be used to make the agency a better place to work.”

Agency Results

So which agencies scored the highest in the two categories? The tables below show the top agencies in each area.

Employee Engagement

Large Agencies Small Agencies
 Office of Management and Budget  78%  US Trade and Development Agency 87%
 Federal Trade Commission  78%  Federal Labor Relations Authority  86%
 National Aeronautics and Space Administration  78%  Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service  84%
 Federal Energy Regulatory Commission  76%  Overseas Private Investment Corporation  81%
 Nuclear Regulatory Commission  75%  Surface Transportation Board  80%

Global Satisfaction

Large Agencies Small Agencies
National Aeronautics and Space Administration  76% Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 86%
Office of Management and Budget  75% Federal Labor Relations Authority  85%
Nuclear Regulator Commission  74% National Endowment for the Humanities  78%
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission  74% Surface Transportation Board  77%
National Credit Union Administration  72% Overseas Private Investment Corporation  75%

The complete sets of FEVS survey data are available at UnlockTalent.gov.

How well employees are paid often plays a role in how satisfied they are with their jobs. What are the average salaries at each of the agencies listed above? These figures come from the salary data available at FedsDataCenter.com.

Large Agencies Small Agencies
NASA Headquarters $126,291 Surface Transportation Board $123,395
Office of Management and Budget $124,511 Overseas Private Investment Corporation $120,990
Federal Trade Commission $123,458 Federal Labor Relations Authority $115,278
Nuclear Regulator Commission $119,746 Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service  $112,197
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission $114,396 Trade and Development Agency $111,318
National Credit Union Administration $109,265 National Endowment for the Humanities $92,570

About the Author

Ian Smith is one of the co-founders of FedSmith.com. He has over 20 years of combined experience in media and government services, having worked at two government contracting firms and an online news and web development company prior to his current role at FedSmith.