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Median tenure with current employer was 4.2 years in January 2018

September 28, 2018

The median number of years that wage and salary workers had been with their current employer was 4.2 years in January 2018, unchanged from the median in January 2016. In January 2018, median employee tenure was 4.3 years for men and 4.0 years for women, both unchanged from January 2016.

Median years of tenure with current employer for employed wage and salary workers by age and sex, January 2018
Age and sex Total Men Women

16 years and over

4.2 4.3 4.0

16 to 17 years

0.6 0.5 0.7

18 to 19 years

0.8 0.8 0.8

20 to 24 years

1.2 1.3 1.2

25 to 34 years

2.8 2.9 2.7

35 to 44 years

4.9 5.0 4.7

45 to 54 years

7.6 8.1 7.1

55 to 64 years

10.1 10.2 10.1

65 years and over

10.2 10.2 10.1

Median employee tenure in January 2018 was higher among older workers than younger ones. For example, the median tenure of workers ages 55 to 64 (10.1 years) was more than three times that of workers ages 25 to 34 (2.8 years).

These data are from the Current Population Survey. To learn more, see “Employee Tenure in 2018.” Median tenure is the point at which half of all workers had more tenure and half had less tenure.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Median tenure with current employer was 4.2 years in January 2018 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2018/median-tenure-with-current-employer-was-4-point-2-years-in-january-2018.htm (visited July 10, 2020).

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